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Kevin B. Lowe and E. Holly Buttner

In this chapter we discuss and describe the purpose of meta-analysis in the context of diversity research and suggest meta-analysis as an ideal bridge for merging qualitative and quantitative review approaches. We describe strengths and limitations of meta-analysis for answering a variety of research questions and review the results of meta-analytic findings in the EDI literature. We extend this discussion to identify current gaps in the EDI literature, with diversity climate as one exemplar, that have a sufficient number of reported studies to employ meta-analysis. We then briefly review the strengths and weaknesses of popular software packages for conducting meta-analysis. We conclude by urging EDI researchers to conduct meta-analyses as one method for aggregating the disparate findings often observed in an increasingly rich EDI literature.