Meta Analysis 2

taught by Michael Borenstein

Aim of Course:

Meta-Analysis refers to the statistical analyses that are used to synthesize summary data from a series of studies. This online course, "Meta Analysis 2" continues the course of study begun with Meta Analysis 1. Participants will briefly review the material covered in Meta Analysis 1, then cover meta-regression (fixed and random effects models), power analysis, interpretation of results in terms of effect-sizes (and the relationship with p-values), and considerations in psychometric meta-analysis. The course will also review publication bias, vote-counting, and criticisms of meta-analysis.

This course may be taken individually (one-off) or as part of a certificate program.
Course Program:

WEEK 1: Effect Sizes in Meta Analysis

  • Refresher of basic issues in meta-analysis
  • Computing effect sizes
  • Fixed and random-effects models

WEEK 2: Subgroups in Meta Analysis

  • Subgroups analysis
  • Meta-regression

WEEK 3: Multiple Groups and Outcomes

  • Working with multiple independent subgroups within studies
  • Working with multiple outcomes within studies

WEEK 4: Cumulative and Sensitivity Analysis

  • Publication bias
  • Cumulative analysis
  • Sensitivity analysis


Homework in this course consists of short answer questions to test concepts and guided data analysis problems using software.

In addition to assigned readings, this course also has an end of course data modeling project, short narrated software demos, and supplemental readings available online.

Meta Analysis 2

Who Should Take This Course:
Researchers who plan to perform a meta-analysis, or who want to be able understand meta-analyses that have been published by others.
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Course Text:

The required course text is Introduction to Meta-Analysis, by Borenstein, Hedges and Higgins.



The course includes illustrations and exercises using Microsoft Excel.  Participants will also be given access to the software Comprehensive Meta-Analysis during the first week of the course, and will learn how to use this program to conduct advanced analyses.

Please be aware that this software program is for Windows only, and will not run on Macs.


August 23, 2019 to September 20, 2019 August 21, 2020 to September 18, 2020 August 20, 2021 to September 17, 2021

Meta Analysis 2


August 23, 2019 to September 20, 2019 August 21, 2020 to September 18, 2020 August 20, 2021 to September 17, 2021

Course Fee: $589

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