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Use of meta-research methods to address research waste

7th and 8th November, 4.30 PM

Please note that attendance is required for both days.

Hans Lund
Western Norway University of Applied Sciences, Norway


The research community can and should generate and apply empiric evidence to improve its own policies and practices.  For example, the concept of "Evidence-Based Research" (EBR) was developed as an answer to results from several meta-research studies. Similarly, recommendations to reduce research waste in practices across the research enterprise can be further grounded through meta-research to examine current practices and to demonstrate the impact of improved practices on research outcomes.  At this juncture, it is important to know and understand the state-of- art for such activities and to map a future that emphasizes collaboration and coordination among various efforts. 


To discuss ways to evaluate clinical research practice across various stakeholders in the health research community and encourage broader collaboration and implementation of these methods.


  • Overview of the concept of meta-research
  • Overview of the concepts of reducing research waste and  Evidence-Based Research (EBR)
  • Discussion of how meta-research is and can being used to quantify current practices in reducing research waste, with a focus on evidence-based research in health
  • Discussion of how meta-research is and can be used to determine how systematic reviews are being used to justify new research from a funder’s perspective, including the necessary resources, methods, results


Caroline Blaine, Klara Brunnhuber, and Jennifer Yost on behalf of EBRNetwork/EVBRES
Kelly Dunham, Evelyn Whitlock on behalf of PCORI (USA) and Ensuring Value in Research Funders’ Forum

Last update 09/10/2019