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Sustaining working group

The COVID-19 Evidence Network to support Decision-making (COVID-END) has come together to help coordinate and reduce duplication in these remarkable efforts. Its initial focus includes supporting working groups to achieve and document quick-wins, and to establish processes to achieve and document longer-term wins, in seven areas including sustaining the efforts that strengthen institutions and processes so that we are even better prepared for future challenges.

Proposed terms of reference

  1. Retrospectively studying which mechanisms the evidence synthesis community had in place to respond efficiently and which needed to be developed, strengthened or better coordinated
  2. Prospectively studying how the evidence synthesis community’s newly developed mechanisms are being put in place to optimize sustainability
  3. Proposing ways to ‘mainstream’ emergent mechanisms within existing institutions and processes, including  in the work of a broader array of groups (e.g., data analytics, modelling, implementation science, and monitoring and evaluation) that need to have access to the best evidence sources for their work
  4. Developing a theory of change to capture demand- and supply-side interventions and how they are expected to lead to impact
  5. Liaise with donors about the importance of investing in existing institutions and processes


  1. David Gough, EPPI Centre, UK (co-chair)
  2. Elie Akl, Systematic Review Centre for Health Policy and Systems, AUB, Lebanon (co-chair)
  3. Amena El-Harakeh
  4. Denis Roy, Institut national d'excellence en santé  et en services sociaux, Canada
  5. Heather Husson, McMaster University, Canada
  6. Ian Graham, Ottawa Hospital Research Institute/University of Ottawa, Canada
  7. Kim Sutherland, Agency for Clinical Innovation, Australia
  8. Sylvia de Haan, Cochrane Collaboration, Switzerland
  9. Secretariat: Heather Bullock and Safa Al-Khateeb, McMaster Health Forum | RISE, Canada, and Jeremy Grimshaw, Ottawa, Hospital Research Institute | RISE, Canada

Meeting documents

Meeting date Documents
May 1, 2020 
  1.  Meeting notes

Glance at our guide to key COVID-19 evidence sources to stimulate your thinking about how we can sustain the efforts that strengthen institutions and processes ‘behind these sources’ so that we are even better prepared for future challenges.