Help us shape tools and training to evaluate the impact of Cochrane’s health evidence

Help us shape tools and training to evaluate the impact of Cochrane’s health evidence

We are seeking volunteers for a brief informal discussion to share your experiences or to be part of an international Working Group helping to guide evaluation tools and case studies.

Cochrane’s vision is a world of improved health, with decisions informed by high-quality research evidence. But to what extent are we formally achieving our vision? In 2020, we are beginning an exciting journey to understand how well we are succeeding, what is working and where we could develop further.

During the delivery of our Strategy to 2020, we have been working hard at making our evidence more accessible to people across the world and encouraging the use of our evidence to inform and change policy and practice.

We now want to look more closely at what we’ve achieved and how we could develop further expanding our knowledge translation activities in more meaningful ways. The first step is to understand how people use Cochrane’s health evidence, what helps them and what gets in the way.

From February 2020, Cochrane’s Knowledge Translation (KT) Department together will embark on the ‘Cochrane KT Evaluation Support Project’ looking at how Cochrane evidence is used by our target audiences and how we might formally evaluate our impacts. And, most importantly, we want to develop tools and training to help evaluate the benefits of our work.

To begin, we want to talk to as many members of the Cochrane community and other stakeholders as we can about how audiences’ access and use evidence, and possible evaluation approaches. We are wanting to hear from you if you would like to:

  • Volunteer for a brief informal discussion to share your experiences sharing Cochrane evidence with any of our target audiences (consumers/patients and the general public, healthcare practitioners, policymakers, and/or researchers/research funders); through a one-hour Skype call; And/or:
  • Be part of an international Working Group of people across Cochrane helping to guide evaluation tools and case studies with monthly one-hour teleconferences.

If you’d like to be involved or want more information, please contact Jo Anthony, Cochrane’s Head of Knowledge Translation, janthony@cochrane.org or Karen Head, Cochrane’s Knowledge Translation Project Manager khead@cochrane.org by Friday 7th February, 2020.

January 14, 2020