IOE - Faculty of Education and Society


Feeling the earth move: insights on the "dual heritage" of qualitative evidence synthesis

19 July 2016, 12:30 pm–1:45 pm


Event Information

Open to



UCL Institute of Education, G16, 9-11 Endsleigh Gardens, London WC1H 0ED

Free event open to all.

This seminar will examine the respective contributions of primary qualitative research and quantitative systematic review methodology to current methodologies of qualitative synthesis. It will review recent thinking from a European Union methodological project (INTEGRATE-HTA) to examine issues relating to the choice of qualitative synthesis methodologies for types of review question. Instead of focusing on the epicentre of this clash of paradigms it will survey the landscape.

As with any "dual heritage" the creative blend of two research cultures can enrich our understanding of similarities and differences. In particular, it can offer potential solutions to outstanding methodological challenges, not only for qualitative evidence synthesis but also to include the integration of quantitative and qualitative data and the overall conduct of mixed methods reviews.

Contact: Ian Shemilt