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The COVID-19 Evidence Network to support Decision-making (COVID-END) helps:

  1. those supporting decision-making about COVID-19 to find and use the best available evidence (i.e. to support the evidence-demand side of the pandemic response)
  2. researchers to avoid waste by reducing duplication in and better coordinating the COVID-19 evidence syntheses, technology assessments and guidelines being produced (i.e., to support the evidence-supply side of the pandemic response).

COVID-END is a time-limited network that brings together more than 50 of the world’s leading evidence-synthesis, technology-assessment and guideline-development groups around the world. It covers the full spectrum of the pandemic response, from public-health measures and clinical management to health-system arrangements and economic and social responses. It also covers the full spectrum of contexts where the pandemic response is playing out, including low-, middle- and high-income countries.

If you are supporting decision-making about COVID-19, take a look at our resources designed specifically for you:

  1. inventory of best evidence syntheses through which you can immediately find the best available (i.e., most up-to-date, highest quality, and transparently presented) evidence syntheses for each of:
    1. public-health measures (e.g., masks and tests)
    2. clinical management of COVID-19 (e.g., prescription drugs) and pandemic-related conditions (e.g., mental health and addictions issues)
    3. health-system arrangements (e.g., scaling capacity up or down and virtual-care alternatives to in-person care)
    4. economic and social responses (e.g., classroom and public-transit changes)
  2. horizon scans for emerging issues so you can stay ahead of challenges that other jurisdictions have already identified
  3. community of those supporting decision-making so you can learn from and share experiences with others
  4. living hub of COVID-19 knowledge hubs so you can identify organizations that are supporting decision-making with a specific topic or sectoral focus, with a specific type of resource (e.g., recommendations, evidence syntheses or data), and/or with a specific geographic or linguistic scope.

We also have a guide to COVID-19 evidences sources (although we recommend starting with our inventory before searching other sources), resources to help you package research evidence for decision-makers, a description of a model for responding to decision-makers’ requests for research evidence in very short turn-around times, and tips and tools for responding to decision-makers’ needs.

If you are a researcher wanting to prepare an evidence synthesis or develop a guideline about COVID-19, take a look at our resources designed specifically for you:

  1. priorities for new syntheses and guidelines so you can fill an important gap in what’s known and don’t contribute to unnecessary duplication (coming soon)
  2. resources for those considering and conducting COVID-19 evidence syntheses so what you prepare has a good change of making it into our inventory of best evidence syntheses and being used to support decision-making
  3. resources for those considering and developing COVID-19 guidelines so what you develop addresses a need and is of high quality (coming soon).
More information about COVID-END (its principles, partners, secretariat and funders) is available through the ‘Overview’ menu, while more information about our working groups (scoping, engaging, digitizing, synthesizing, recommending, packaging and sustaining) is available through the ‘Working groups’ menu.