Evidence Synthesis Institute

About the institute

This institute is fully funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and at no charge for accepted applicants. The Institute is aimed at library staff supporting evidence syntheses in topics outside of the health sciences and will cover

  • overview of systematic reviews and similar methodologies,
  • guidelines and standards,
  • search strategy development,
  • software tools,
  • quality assessment, and
  • systematic review services.

There will be 6 total institutes starting in spring 2021. The 2021 institutes will be virtual, and we have intentions to host in-person training in the future (pandemic permitting).

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Application process

The next institute will occur virtually on March 22-25, 2022. The application period for the March 2022 Institute is Dec 1, 2021 - Jan 7, 2022. Application link will appear on this page when the period opens. Applications will be screened and prioritized based on

  • urgency of need,
  • existing knowledge gap,
  • disciplines supported by applicant, and
  • potential impact of training.

International applicants are welcome to apply. Due to our funding, we are limited in the number of applicants we can accept from outside the U.S.

Questions about the Evidence Synthesis Institute could be sent to sysreview@umn.edu. More information on the IMLS proposal and the partnership between University of Minnesota, Cornell University, and Carnegie Mellon University are available at IMLS.gov, RE-246347-OLS-20.

Apply for the Evidence Synthesis Institute

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