COVID-END regularly convenes a global panel to proactively identify long-term, recurring and emergent issues that need to be prioritized in efforts to synthesize the best available research evidence to support decision-making about COVID-19.
The panelists comprise a mix of strategic and ‘out-of-the-box’ thinkers and doers who collectively bring diverse perspectives to our horizon-scanning work, including:
- a mix of citizens, service providers, policymakers and researchers
- experience with one or more of public-health measures, clinical management of COVID-19 and pandemic-related conditions like mental-health issues, health-system arrangements, and economic and social responses (e.g., education and food security)
- being based in different regions (e.g., Americas, eastern Mediterranean, Europe, south-east Asia, sub-Saharan Africa, and western Pacific)
- being based in a country or region where one or more of six languages is widely spoken (i.e., Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Portuguese or Spanish) while being able to read and either speak or write (even at a basic level) in English
Three documents are shared publicly after each monthly meeting: 1) briefing note that informed the panel deliberations; 2) insights from panelists; and 3) slides that capture key messages from the briefing note and panel summary (see table below). Where appropriate, the issues identified by the horizon-scanning panel are added to COVID-END’s inventory of the best available evidence syntheses. The prioritized topics for which living evidence syntheses are needed are added to COVID-END’s list of priorities for new syntheses and guidelines (coming soon).
If you would like more information about the horizon-scanning panel, or would like to be considered for participation, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.