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Webinars by COVID-END

 

Interested in learning from COVID-END partners and affiliates from around the world? Our webinars in this series will feature insights into the work of COVID-END to better support COVID-19 decision-making, how to find and use the best evidence that is already out there, and selected partner activities, which span the full gamut of COVID-19 issues, 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.

Upcoming webinars

Tackling COVID-19 misinformation shared via WhatsApp 
Date: 23 April, 2021. 9:30 ET
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Misinformation about COVID-19 threatens to exacerbate the impact of the pandemic, undermine efforts to tackle the disease, and permanently reduce our trust in the global health system. We attempt to answer the questions: what is the nature and harms of the misinformation? How are social media users engaging with health misinformation? And which mitigating strategies work best?
Presenters: Nkululeko Tshabalala and Andile Madonsela
Host: COVID-END

Past webinars

The COVID-END inventory: an in-depth analysis of evidence syntheses addressing decisions related to the COVID-19 pandemic response
Date: 24 March, 2021. 10am ET.
The COVID-19 pandemic has led to an explosion of data and research on COVID-19 globally, with several entities involved in the production, collection, and synthesis of knowledge. In this context, decision-makers often face difficulties to find and use research evidence for their specific needs. Furthermore, duplication of knowledge outputs further impedes use with key decision-making needs seeing multiple similar output being produced. To address these issues the COVID-19 Evidence Network to support decision-making (COVID-END) has created an inventory of evidence syntheses, which is a comprehensive repository of the ‘best evidence syntheses’ for all types of decisions being faced by those who are part of the COVID-19 pandemic response. This presentation showed a landscape of the existing evidence syntheses related to decisions related to the COVID-19 pandemic response, by describing their topics, quality and presentation details, and by pointing where we could identify potential gaps and/or duplication of efforts.
Presenter: Cristián Mansilla
Host: COVID-END
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Using specific COVID-19 targets and patient care settings as a springboard for driving global improvements in the evidence/guidance ecosystem cycle for COVID-19 and beyond
Date: 24 February, 2021. 10am ET.
The AHRQ evidence-based Care Transformation Support (ACTS) initiative began 2 years ago to develop a stakeholder-driven roadmap for making the flow from evidence to guidance to action to data and back to evidence more FAIR (findable, accessible, interoperable, reusable), computable and useful in supporting Learning Health Systems and achieving the quadruple aim.  The ACTS COVID Collaborative was formed to begin applying the ACTS Roadmap to helping hundreds of participants address the pandemic while accelerating progress toward a high functioning global evidence/guidance ecosystem cycle. This webinar will provide an overview of the Collaborative’s emerging work to use specific targets being addressed in specific settings to collaboratively drive global improvements in evidence/guidance ecosystem cycle function and outcomes for COVID-19 and beyond. Synergies with COVID-END efforts are being cultivated and many stakeholders are participating in both efforts. The second half of the webinar will be an open discussion about expanding the scope and value of these collaborations - hopefully in ways that enhance your organization's activities and results. 
Presenter: Jerome A. Osheroff, MD, FACP, FACMI
Host: COVID-END
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Evidence synthesis communities in low-income and middle-income countries and the COVID-19 response
Date: 27 January, 2021. 10am EST
This webinar provided an overview of the conceptual and practical challenges that the COVID-19 pandemic poses to evidence synthesis organisations in Low- and Middle-Income Countries (LMICs). This is based on a recently published Lancet commentary by COVID-END partners from LMICs. It also briefly introduced the strengths that enabled evidence synthesis organisations from LMICs to respond to demands for COVID-19 evidence in their contexts. This is based on collective learning and information-sharing among evidence synthesis organisations from LMICs and will inform a formal validation of experiences.
Presenters: Ms. Amena El-Harakeh and Dr Bey-Marrié Schmidt
Hosts: COVID-END
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An introduction to COVID-END resources
Date: 2 December, 2020. 10am EST
COVID-END offers a wide range of resources for those supporting decision-making about COVID-19 to help them find and use the best available evidence, as well as for those preparing evidence syntheses related to COVID-19. This webinar will provide an overview of the resources available for decision-makers and researchers.
Presenters: John Lavis
Hosts: COVID-END
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Scanning the horizon for COVID-19-related priorities: Insights from COVID-END’s global horizon scanning panel
Date: 4 November. 10-11 am ET
This webinar will introduce participants to COVID-END’s global horizon scanning panel and share the priority topics identified by the panel from its most recent meeting on Oct 28th. COVID-END’s horizon scanning lead, Heather Bullock, will also discuss the inputs created to aid panel discussions and the process the team uses to produce them, as well as how insights are shared back with panel members and the research synthesis community.
Presenters: Heather Bullock
Hosts: COVID-END
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The Living hub of COVID-19 knowledge hubs: A promising collaborative platform to organize knowledge and reduce duplication
Date: 14 October, 2020. 9am EDT / 2pm BST
The Living hub of COVID-19 knowledge hubs is an innovative tool that was jointly created by the Africa Center for Evidence (ACE) and the McMaster Health Forum, as part of their collaboration in the COVID-19 Evidence Network to support decision-making (COVID-END). This webinar will share how the Living Hub was originally created, implemented, and will conclude giving a few remarks on the future of the knowledge world in the COVID-19 era.
Presenters: Promise Nduku & Cristián Mansilla
Hosts: COVID-END and Global Evidence Synthesis Initiative

CanCOVID Speaker Series: COVID-END evidence synthesis
Date: 15 September, 2020
This webinar shared insights on best practices and how we can move from a sprint to a marathon in the evidence response to COVID-19.
Presenters: John Lavis and Jeremy Grimshaw, COVID-END co-chairs
Host: CanCOVID
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Top Ten insights into how COVID-END can help you prepare evidence syntheses in response to the COVID-19 pandemic
Date: 16 June, 2020
This webinar shared insights about the tools and resources available to support the production of rapid syntheses and other similar products in support of the COVID-19 response, drawing from their work as part of 1) COVID-END, 2) the Ontario Evidence Synthesis Network for COVID-19, and 3) a CIHR grant to develop a rapid synthesis service for the Mental Health and Addictions Centre of Excellence in Ontario.
Presenters: John Lavis, Michael Wilson, Heather Bullock
Hosts: McMaster Health Forum 
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