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Title: Meta-Analysis Training Institute
Center: NCER Year: 2017
Principal Investigator: Pigott, Therese Awardee: Georgia State University
Program: Methods Training for Education Research      [Program Details]
Award Period: 3 years (9/1/17-08/31/20) Award Amount: $797,760
Type: Training Award Number: R305B190002

Previous Award Number: R305B170019
Previous Institution: Loyola University

Co-Principal Investigators: Ryan Williams (AIR); Joshua Polanin (Development Services Group, Inc.); Elizabeth Tipton (Teacher's College, Columbia University); Tasha Beretvas (University of Texas–Austin)

The goal of this 3-year methods training grant is to provide researchers with the methodological, statistical, project management, and practical experience necessary to conduct a meta-analysis focused on an important education topic. A week-long training will be offered annually, with 35 participants selected from a pool of applicants per year, for a total of 105 participants over the course of the grant. The participants will gather on a Sunday evening for an introduction to the course and to meet their colleagues and group members. From Monday–Friday, the participants will be in three sessions per day, two in the morning and one in the afternoon. On Saturday morning, the participants' groups will present their grant proposal to the other participants and to training instructors. Participants will receive active follow-up communication from training staff members to help support further proposal development.

The training curriculum is divided into three major areas: statistical methods and software; project management; and Goal 1 activity. The Goal 1 activity is developed in groups and is intended to be a product which could be refined into an application to IES's Education Research RFA as a Goal 1, Exploration study. Each session has a lecture and a hands-on activity, which are designed to provide the participants with the skills necessary to write effective IES Goal 1 proposals and to implement their research activities. The training team plans to recruit participants from higher education institutions and research firms, with a particular emphasis placed on recruiting women and minority group members.


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Journal articles

Pigott, T. D., & Polanin, J. R. (2020). Methodological guidance paper: High-quality meta-analysis in a systematic review. Review of Educational Research, 90(1), 2446. Full text

Polanin, J. R., Pigott, T. D., Espelage, D. L., & Grotpeter, J. (2019). Best practice guidelines for abstract screening large-evidence systematic reviews and meta-analyses. Research Synthesis Methods, 10(3), 330342. Full text