Short courses

Evidence Reviews – making research useful for decision-makers

Toolbox series of short courses
How to find the evidence you need to make better program decisions 
14  to 21 May 2021

Research knowledge should inform actions to address pressing behaviour change challenges. Evidence reviews assemble knowledge from around the world and can illuminate potential solutions.

Two key considerations in making evidence reviews useful are ‘take-off’ – getting the question right – and ‘landing’ – delivering review findings that are useful and compelling.

This short course will outline the evidence review process with an emphasis on ‘take offs and landings’ and apply these to your review question.

What you’ll learn

All BehaviourWorks’ short courses support skills development and the practical application of behavioural science theories, tools, techniques and methods. 

By attending this short course you will:

  • understand the main types of evidence review and five key principles that shape any evidence review process

  • develop and refine your own review question, considering its context, scope, the type of research required and what outputs would be most useful in informing your decision-making

  • know where – and where not to – find research reviews that address your question

  • apply established tools to reflect on the quality of your research review and how well it addresses your question.

What’s involved?

The course consists of approx. 15-hours of learning, including videos, discussions, readings and case studies within a self-paced flexible structure. You will also participate in two online workshops scheduled at the start and end of the course, which provide further opportunities for collaboration and peer learning.

Course dates and details

  • Online Workshop 1: Friday 14 May, 9:30 – 11:00 am

  • Online Workshop 2: Friday 21 May, 9.30 am – 12:00 midday

  • Plus 10 hours of self-paced learning between workshops, including access to online content and resources, tool application and peer review.

Cost: $660 incl. GST


*Registrations close 12 May 2021 (places are limited).*

Meet your facilitators

Alyse Lennox

Alyse has experience in teaching and delivering workshops in face-to-face and online delivery modes for a range of audiences in higher education and government sectors.

Alyse teaches strategies on how to use evidence to unpack a problem, including asking appropriate questions, conducting rapid reviews and critical consumption of evidence.

Alyse also teaches into the Masters Unit ‘Understanding human behaviour to influence change’, recognised for excellence by Monash University. Research profile here.

Associate Professor Peter Bragge

Peter has several years of academic teaching, curriculum development and subject co-ordination experience in the area of evidence-based practice. He has also presented extensively on rapid evidence synthesis and systematic review methodology as part of training courses both in Australia and overseas.

In addition to his teaching experience in evidence reviews, he has convened workshops on health practitioner behaviour change and prioritisation. Research profile here.

Connecting research knowledge to practice

BehaviourWorks has pioneered the use of Rapid Reviews in Australia, taking inspiration from the work that John Lavis and his team at McMaster University in Canada have done in elevating the use of research evidence in making healthcare decisions.

Rapid Reviews represent a viable alternative to the Systematic Review when time and budgets are tight. They allow us to explore what others around the world have done to address the problem under investigation, revealing insights and resolving questions about which direction our behaviour change program should take.

Learn more about our reviews as a methodology and Research Service

  • Read the first chapter of our new book on the BehaviourWorks’ Method – and how we use these reviews to understand complex problems.  

  • BehaviourWorks Australia provides a research review service, which has been taken up by a wide range of organisations. Download the flyer here.  

  • Read our recent blog post on ‘how to’ conduct a Rapid Review.