Evidence Synthesis of Qualitative Research in Europe (ESQUIRE) 2015

2.5 Day Course:  Monday 24th - Wednesday 26th August 2015

The course will follow the systematic review process as it applies, and is adapted to, qualitative evidence syntheses. The Programme Faculty will take participants through the stages of defining and exploring scope, conducting the literature searches, quality assessing studies for inclusion, synthesising data and writing up and presenting the product of the synthesis. Participants will be provided with practical experience of key stages in the review process. The course will conclude on the 4th September with an excellent overview of current developments in qualitative evidence synthesis.

Course Participants

Who will benefit from the course ?

No formal experience is required, working knowledge of standard systematic review methods or a background in qualitative research methods will be an advantage but not essential.

  • Qualitative Researchers who want to learn how to synthesise qualitative research
  • Systematic Reviewers who want to learn how to translate synthesis methods to qualitative data
  • PhD Students in topic areas that require substantive review of qualitative research
  • New researchers who want to develop evidence synthesis/systematic review
  • Qualitative systematic reviewers who want to update and extend their skills and knowledge

Photograph of Halifax Hall
Course dates

Monday 24th to Wednesday 26th August 2015

Course Venue

Halifax Hall Hotel and Conference Centre.
Endcliffe Vale Rd, Sheffield, S10 3ER.
Tel: +44 (0)114 222 8810


Day 1  -  Noon to 5pm (Course Evening Dinner at approximately 7pm)
Day 2  -  9.30am to 5pm 
Day 3  -  9am to 3.30pm

Course Faculty

Members of the Cochrane Qualitative Research Methods Group and Experienced ScHARR Staff.

Expected Outcomes

By the end of the programme participants will be able to:

  • Describe the main methods of evidence synthesis in terms of their strengths and weaknesses
  • Rehearse the stages of the systematic review process
  • Distinguish between aggregative and interpretive approaches to qualitative evidence synthesis
  • Describe the requirements for presenting and disseminating data

Accommodation and Meals

  • The course fee plus accommodation option includes two nights single accommodation with breakfast and lunch at the Halifax Hall Conference Centre plus one Evening Dinner at a local hotel or restaurant (venue tbc).
  • If you have any particular dietary or access requirements then please let us know when making your booking, so that we can make relevant arrangements.
  • If you need further nights accommodation the night before the course starts, or the night the course finishes, you can book additional accommodation at a rate of £70 per additional night.


Public Sector

£750 per person (including Accommodation at Halifax Hall (subject to availability) or other local hotel)

£650 per person (EXCLUDING accommodation)

Private Sector

£1040 per person (including Accommodation at Halifax Hall (subject to availability or other local hotel)

£940 per person (EXCLUDING accommodation)

Additional Nights Accommodation (Sunday, 23rd August 2015)

£70 per person per night for accommodation at Halifax Hall, or other Local Hotel Accommodation (subject to availability).

Additional Nights Accommodation (Wednesday, 26th August 2015)

£70 per person per night for accommodation at Halifax Hall, or other Local Hotel Accommodation (subject to availability).


Bookings are now being accepted. To reserve your place on the course, please complete a booking form that you can download from the links box on the top right-hand side of this webpage. Please send your completed booking form to our Short Course administrator at scharr-scu@sheffield.ac.uk

If you wish to pay by Credit/Debit card or PayPal these are processed through our online store and I will notify delegates when this has gone 'live' (approximately mid-March 2015). Alternatively, if you are a UK based Company and wish to pay via Invoice then please complete the booking form(s) (1 per person) (link at the top right of this page) and return to the Short Course Unit (details below) and we will contact you for further details if necessary and process your invoice.

Further Information

Esquire Sheffield Website

Contact Us

If you require any further information, please do not hesitate to contact us via email at scharr-scu@sheffield.ac.uk or by telephone on Tel: +44 (0)114 222 2968 or fax +44 (0)114 272 4095.

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