There has been an explosion of data and research on COVID-19 globally, with many entities involved in its production, collection and synthesis, albeit with duplication. For decision-makers, it is difficult to keep abreast of what knowledge is being created, by whom, and for whom.
COVID-END partners – the African Centre for Evidence and the McMaster Health Forum – have created a living hub of COVID-19 knowledge hubs, which can be used to identify organizations that are already 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.
COVID-19 knowledge hubs are broadly defined as any publicly available platform whose main area of focus is to collate and share relevant data, research and other types of evidence related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Because the list of included hubs and the data available for each hub will be updated periodically, we refer to it as a ‘living’ hub of COVID-19 knowledge hubs.
Note that the prototype may not work as well for some Mac users. COVID-END will soon replace the prototype with a searchable database that can be used across all types of computers and mobile phones.
The living hub of COVID-19 knowledge hubs can help people like these:
- a social-services policymaker in Ghana may use the prototype to rapidly identify organizations in Ghana (or in English-speaking west African countries more generally) that may have already prepared locally relevant resources that can help to guide her country’s COVID-19 response;
- a stakeholder in Argentina may use the prototype to look for comparative analyses of COVID-19 data from Latin American countries that are explained in Spanish and can be used in a briefing he is giving to peer organizations; and
- a research group may use the prototype to avoid duplication when setting up a new COVID-19 knowledge hub and to improve coordination among existing hubs.
The living hub of COVID-19 knowledge hubs was developed through a systematic process of identification, screening and coding of hubs that met pre-defined eligibility criteria. Of the 288 hubs that were originally identified, 213 hubs met our eligibility criteria.
For even richer detail, review the full dataset.