As a rigorous literature review meta-analysis allows researchers to look for relationships between the results of studies and the characteristics of those studies. This article examines some advantages of meta-analysis for social science such as the identification of: interactions, treatment effects, and the effect of research design as well as the problem of poor accumulation of evidence. A policies study example and a hypothetical voting study are used to highlight the value of meta-analysis to social scientists.
Leibert, James G.
"Research Integration in Social Science Using Meta-Analysis,"
Great Plains Sociologist: Vol. 9:
1, Article 4.
Available at: https://openprairie.sdstate.edu/greatplainssociologist/vol9/iss1/4