Seminar: Global evidence-based projects in health and welfare: Opportunities for engagement
On Monday, November 3, 2014 Evidence Aid collaborated with Oxford’s Centre for Evidence Based Intervention to host the Global Evidence-Based Projects in Health and Welfare seminar, focused on sharing opportunities for engagement with Oxford students, faculty, and community members. The seminar featured presenters from over ten organizations aimed at producing evidence-based research, policy evaluation, and global initiatives implementing evidence-based change.
Presenters had a brief fifteen minutes each to share their research, organization’s mandate, and discuss opportunities for engagement. A theme throughout the presentations was increasing accessibility to rigorous and systematic reviews of existing evidence, as well as identifying gaps in existing evidence to inform future avenues of research. Dr. Philip Davies of International Initiative for Impact Evaluation discussed the development of ‘Evidence Gap Maps’ as a novel way of easily communicating existing evidence and present ongoing research needs. Chris Champion of the Cochrane Collaboration and Dr. Martin Burton of the UK Cochrane Centre both shared new means of using and developing Cochrane reviews, especially through the Students 4 Best Evidence initiative, presented by Holly Millward. Other presentations included the Centre for Evidence Based Intervention, the Centre for Evidence Based Medicine, the Global Health Network, Health Information for All, the EQUATOR network, Evidence Aid, and the Oxfam Humanitarian Evidence Program.
The incredible breadth of mandate across the organizations created a space to exchange ideas among community members, Oxford students and faculty, as well as the organizations themselves. Throughout the seminar it was clear that increasing accessibility to evidence-based research and systematic reviews is a collaborative effort that has the capacity to create meaningful change in health and welfare projects globally.
Tim Mustill: Evidence-based collaboration
Date: 3 November 2014
Organizers: Claire Allen and Yulia Shenderovich
Presentations now available here:
Frances Gardner – Centre for Evidence Based Social Intervention
Franziska Meinck – Centre for Evidence Based Social Intervention – Volunteering on Kids Who Care projects
Julie Hennegan – Centre for Evidence Based Social Intervention – Menstruation and development outcomes among schoolgirls in Africa
Carl Heneghan – Centre for Evidence Based Medicine
Francois van Loggerenberg – The Global Health Network
Neil Packenham-Walsh – HIFA 2015
Phil Davies – International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie)
Caroline Struthers, Iveta Simera – EQUATOR Network
Chris Champion – The Cochrane Collaboration
Martin Burton – UK Cochrane Centre
Holly Millward – Students 4 Best Evidence
Claire Allen, Dominic Mellon – Evidence Aid – Evidence Aid A resource for those preparing for and responding to natural disasters humanitarian crises and major healthcare emergencies
Eleanor Ott – Oxfam – Humanitarian Evidence Programme
Julie Hennegan – University of Oxford – Menstruation and development outcomes among schoolgirls in Africa