Association for Behavior Analysis International

The Association for Behavior Analysis International® (ABAI) is a nonprofit membership organization with the mission to contribute to the well-being of society by developing, enhancing, and supporting the growth and vitality of the science of behavior analysis through research, education, and practice.


35th Annual Convention; Phoenix, AZ; 2009

Workshop Details

Previous Page


Workshop #W21
CANCELLED: How to Conduct Systematic Reviews and Meta-analyses of Single-subject Experimental Designs
Friday, May 22, 2009
10:00 AM–5:00 PM
North 121 A
Area: EDC/CBM; Domain: Applied Behavior Analysis
CE Instructor:
OLIVER WENDT (Purdue University), Ralf Schlosser (Northeastern University)
Description: This workshop will provide an overview on how to conduct a systematic review and meta-analysis of single-subject experimental designs (SSEDs). SSEDs typically rely on within-subject experimental controls and use of time series data to establish the effectiveness of an intervention. The adoption of evidence-based practice (EBP) demands that practitioners do not rely on any one individual study but rather the aggregated evidence from a synthesis of studies using SSEDs. In EBP, systematic reviews and meta-analysis of SSEDs constitute one of the most persuasive forms of scientific evidence. Meta-analyses of SSEDs rank higher on evidence hierarchies than an individual SSED. In this workshop we will highlight the rationale for and potential contributions of systematic reviews and meta-analysis of SSEDs. In particular, this workshop will focus on • Reviewing the steps of conducting a systematic review/meta-analysis with respect to the particular characteristics of SSEDs • Designing a review protocol that fits SSEDs following Campbell Collaboration Guidelines • Introducing appropriate “effect size” metrics for the statistical aggregation of intervention outcomes • Discussing strategies that foster accurate implementation of “effect size” metrics • Sharing tools for quality appraisal of individual SSEDs • Appropriate channels for dissemination of systematic reviews of SSEDs
Learning Objectives: After completion of this workshop participants will be able to: • Describe the benefits of conducting a systematic review of SSEDs • Know the key differences in systematic review methodology of group versus single subject designs • Demonstrate knowledge on recent developments related to the statistical synthesis and analysis as well as quality appraisal of SSEDs • Delineate strategies for fostering accurate and reliable implementation of “effect size” metrics. • Specify appropriate outlets and channels for the dissemination of SSED systematic reviews
Activities: Lecturing will provide an overview on planning and undertaking systematic reviews and meta-analyses. Challenges and issues particular to systematic reviews of single-subject research will be outlined. Participants will discuss considerations for appraising systematic reviews and distinguishing high-quality reviews from those of low quality.
Audience: The targeted audience comprises practitioners trying to use systematic reviews/meta-analyses for clinical practice as well as researchers intending to produce systematic reviews of single-subject research.
Content Area: Methodology
Instruction Level: Basic



Back to Top
Modifed by Eddie Soh