Methods for Research-Synthesis: A Cross-Disciplinary Approach Conference

A focus on alternative methods for synthesizing information when forecasting the effects of a policy

When forecasting the effects of a policy, analysts often have multiple sources of information about the value of a critical parameter (e.g., the slope of a dose-response function). There may be several empirical estimates using different data or methods, or competing theoretical models of the phenomenon in question.  Alternative methods for synthesizing these information sources included structured literature review, meta-analysis, and expert judgment. We hosted a conference at which investigators presented papers on alternative methods or applications, and are currently preparing a special issue of the journal Risk Analysis on this topic.