Research Related Development
Critically Evaluating Papers in Health & Social Sciences
It is vital for researchers to be able to identify good quality research although this has been made increasingly difficult by the sheer quantity of new research being published annually. As a researcher, how can you evaluate the reliability and validity of the research you identify?
This interactive one-day workshop is designed to provide you with an understanding of how to critically appraise quantitative research papers. Participants will work in groups and are encouraged to share their learning and experiences.
It is presented by a health researcher and is probably most useful to those working in health and social care.
You will need to complete 2-3 hours of pre-work in order to be able to participate fully in the workshop.
By the end of the workshop you will
- understand what is meant by critical appraisal and why it is necessary
- understand the different types of quantitative evidence (randomised and quasi-randomised controlled trials, systematic reviews, observational research – including longitudinal and cross-sectional analyses)
- understand the hierarchy of evidence
- assess a range of quantitative research papers for validity, reliability, and applicability
- locate checklists and guides for critically appraising quantitative studies