Objectives and sample activities

Strategy to 2020 has been a plan for organizational transformation. The Governing Board and Senior Management Team feel the next plan should focus on fewer, prioritized Objectives; a proposed set of 12, down from the current 28.

The Objectives will both reflect and reinforce strategic choice-making and prioritization:

GOAL 1: Producing trusted evidence

GOAL 2: Informing health decisions

RELEVANT
Ensure Cochrane Reviews are relevant to our end-users through prioritization, appropriate methods and timely production of reviews.

TRUSTED EVIDENCE
Broaden Cochrane’s publishing capabilities and apply editorial policies and methodological standards more consistently.

UPDATED
Ensure Cochrane Reviews keep up with primary research through timely updating.

EFFICIENT
Improve our processes and technology to support production of high-quality reviews faster.  

USABLE
Develop new Cochrane Review formats, Library features and dissemination products that make our evidence more discoverable and usable for all people.

ACCESSIBLE LANGUAGE & MULTI-LINGUAL
Improve the accessibility of Cochrane evidence by expanding our translation outputs and using plain, standardized language.

IMPROVE OUR REACH AND IMPACT
Increase the reach and impact of our evidence and organizational activities, informed by new approaches to monitoring and evaluation.

GOAL 3: Advocating for evidence

GOAL 4: Collaborating effectively

ADVANCE EVIDENCE-INFORMED DECISION-MAKING
Use our voice, reputation and global network of relationships to influence the use of evidence in policy and research decision-making.

IMPROVE EVIDENCE QUALITY
Use our voice, reputation and global network of relationships to influence the raising of standards in health research practice.

GLOBAL AND DIVERSE
Become a more inclusive, equitable and diverse organization. 

INVESTING IN OUR PEOPLE
Invest in tailored learning and development for Cochrane members, and provide opportunities for a new generation to thrive within Cochrane.

SUSTAINABLE FINANCIAL MODEL
Strengthen our future sustainability by developing the Cochrane Library and a funding model for Cochrane that supports the organization’s Goals and Objectives. 
 

You can read more about the rationale for these Objectives, here. This document also provides a sample set of activities against each Objective for 2021 onwards, developed by the Senior Management Team. These activities would be led by the Central Executive Team in collaboration with Cochrane Groups. The idea is that Cochrane Groups also develop activities that will meet the Objectives through their own workplans, in a format and with the timelines that suits their dual accountability to Cochrane and their funders.

In the new framework there are no proposed Objectives on Environmental Sustainability or Partnerships. Instead, these areas will form a lens and measurement across multiple Objectives and support all four Goals. The Board and Senior Management Team feel greater impact against them will be achieved in this way.

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