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Systematic Review in Forest Science - Learning from Traditional Forest Knowledge

A IUFRO-SPDC 3-day training workshop prior to #IUFROAO2016 in Bejing introduced participants to systematic review in forest science.

Systematic Review in Forest Science - Learning from Traditional Forest Knowledge
Report by Dr Gillian Petrokofsky, University of Oxford, 23 October 2016  

Aims of the training
The 3-day training workshop introduced participants to systematic review as a powerful tool in evidence synthesis.

The tool is used to improve decision-making and any policy formulation that draws on scientific evidence. The workshop explored examples from forestry and natural resource management.

Participants applied techniques of systematic review to develop mini-Protocols focused on how traditional knowledge forest could inform current forest management strategies/policy.

The workshop ran in an open, collaborative environment with shared learning and peer-to-peer support.

This active participation helps build confidence in applying the techniques of systematic review and simulates the work of a real systematic review team in action.

Some of the key topics covered in the training
Evidence – what do we mean? Introduced collaborative systematic reviews and maps tools for robust evidence for policy and practice.    

What is the question? Introduced the importance of clear question-framing for research and reviews. Framing focuses on defining: POPULATION(S) that are subject to management interventions or environmental exposures; management or environmental INTERVENTIONS whose effects are either unknown or disputed; COMPARATORS or controls that enable judgments to be made about effects and impacts of management interventions; and clearly defined OUTCOMES that measure effect sizes and trends.

How do we find the evidence? - Introduced the importance and challenges of comprehensive inclusion of relevant evidence and how to construct a good search strategy.    

What evidence do we include and exclude? - Introduced the importance of specifying explicitly what evidence is relevant to a particular review.

A second SPDC-Pre-Congress Training Workshop focused on Science-Policy Interactions "Making Science work for Forest and Landscape Restoration" and also took place at Beijing Forestry University, 21 – 23 October 2016: 

Photo: Dr. Gillian Petrokofsky, Biodiversity Institute Oxford, and trainees. Photo: Eva Schimpf, IUFRO-SPDC.


Workshop Programmes:

sys-review-programme.doc74 Ki
scipol-interactions-programme.doc76 Ki
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