This working group identifies the topics for which living syntheses (and guidelines) are most needed and who can maintain them.

Terms of reference

  1. To review on a quarterly basis and suggest improvements to the methods being used in the COVID-END horizon-scanning project and more generally in priority setting for evidence syntheses and guidelines
  2. To review on a monthly basis the COVID-END list of priority topics where living evidence syntheses are urgently needed and suggest improvements to their framing to enhance their decision relevance
  3. To identify the potential leads of teams who can take on living evidence syntheses, encourage them to create interdisciplinary teams to do so, and foster collaboration across synthesis teams
  4. To support these teams with tips, tools and other relevant resources that are made available on the COVID-END website


  1. Jorge Barreto, FIOCRUZ Brasilia, Brazil
  2. Lynn Laidlaw, citizen partner, Scotland
  3. Richard Ballerand, citizen partner, UK
  4. Ruth McQuillan, UNCOVER, University of Edinburgh, Scotland
  5. Secretariat: John Lavis, McMaster Health Forum and COVID-END Secretariat

Meeting documents 

Meeting date Documents
May 4, 2021
  1. Agenda
  2. Notes
April 20, 2021
  1. Agenda
  2. Notes
March 3, 2021
  1. Agenda
  2. Notes