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Evidence Synthesis Institute - Canadian Edition

This guide is for the Evidence Synthesis Institute - Canadian Edition which will pilot in October 2022.


Based on the Evidence Synthesis Institute (ESI) model, and in conjunction with members of the ESI team, a pilot version of the Evidence Synthesis Institute for Canadian librarians has been planned. The Canadian institute will be held virtually from October 3-6, 2022, from 12-5pm ET / 9am-2pm PST on each day. Applications will open on July 4th 2022, and close on July 29th, 2022 at 11:59 pm PST.


The Evidence Synthesis Institute is a US Institute of Museum and Library Services-supported program geared towards providing training on evidence synthesis with a specific focus on disciplines outside of the health sciences. The institute is a partnership between University of Minnesota, Cornell University, and Carnegie Mellon University. For more information, see the ESI Guide.


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
• screening, and
• systematic review services

The institute combines lectures and live demonstrations with interactive learning via activities and group discussions in breakout rooms. In order to maximize learning, there may be short pre-work activities assigned (videos or a reading).


The October 2022 Canadian institute has been generously funded by the University of Victoria Libraries, so the Institute will involve no charge for accepted applicants.

The pilot Canadian institute is being led by Zahra Premji (University of Victoria Libraries) in collaboration with Amy Riegelman and Megan Kocher (University of Minnesota) with support from CAPAL’s Research and Scholarship Committee (Maureen Babb - University of Manitoba, Brianne Selman - University of Winnipeg, Roger Chabot - Western University).




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