Draft report contents

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Evidence Commission report table of contents:

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1. Introduction1.0 Introduction PDF | PPT
1.1 Desirable attributes of commissions PDF | PPT
1.2 Commissioners PDF | PPT
1.3 Commissioner terms of reference PDF | PPT
1.4 How the commission builds on and complements past work PDF | PPT
1.5 Connection to COVID-END PDF | PPT
1.6 Timeline of key developments in using evidence to address societal challenges PDF | PPT
1.7 Equity considerations PDF | PPT
1.8 What success looks like PDF | PPT
1.9 References PDF | PPT
2. Nature of societal challenges
2.1 Ways of looking at challenges PDFPPT
2.2 Example of a transition in how a societal challenge is seen PDFPPT
2.3 Ways of addressing challenges PDFPPT
2.4 Examples of approaches to prioritizing challenges to address PDF | PPT
2.5 Global-commission reports by challenge type PDF | PPT
2.6 References PDF | PPT
3. Decisions and decision-makers: Demand for evidence 
3.1 Steps in deciding whether and how to take action PDFPPT
3.2 Four types of decision-maker and how each may approach decisions  PDFPPT
3.3 Government policymakers and the context for their use of evidence PDF | PPT
3.4 Organizational leaders and the context for their use of evidence PDF | PPT
3.5 Professionals and the context for their use of evidence PDF | PPT
3.6 Citizens and the context for their use of evidence PDF | PPT
3.7 Ways that evidence can be used in decision-making PDFPPT
3.8 Global-commission reports by decision-maker type PDF | PPT
3.9 References PDF | PPT
4. Studies, syntheses and guidelines: Supply of evidence
4.1 Forms in which evidence is typically encountered in decision-making  PDF | PPT
4.2 Definitions of forms in which evidence is typically encountered  PDF | PPT
4.3 Matching decision-related questions to forms of evidence PDF | PPT
4.4 Interplay of local and global evidence PDF | PPT
4.5 Distinguishing high from low quality evidence PDF | PPT
4.6 Coverage, quality and recency of evidence syntheses PDF | PPT
4.7 Living evidence products PDF | PPT
4.8  Best evidence vs other things (and how to get the most of other things) PDF | PPT
4.9 Contexts that shape how evidence is viewed PDF | PPT
4.10 Indigenous rights and ways of knowing PDF | PPT
4.11 Misinformation and infodemics PDF | PPT
4.12 Weaknesses in a health-research system PDF | PPT
4.13 Weaknesses in many COVID-19 evidence-support systems PDF | PPT
4.14 Features of an ideal national evidence infrastructure PDF | PPT
4.15 Global-commission reports by form of evidence PDF | PPT
4.16 Annex to exhibit 4.5 PDF
4.17 References PDF | PPT
5. Role of evidence intermediaries
5.1 Types of evidence intermediaries PDF | PPT
5.2 Characteristics of evidence intermediaries PDF | PPT
5.3 Strategies used by evidence intermediaries PDF | PPT
5.4 Conditions that can help and hinder evidence intermediaries PDF | PPT
5.5 UN-system entities’ use of evidence synthesis in their work PDF | PPT
5.6 References PDF | PPT
6. Need for global public goods and equitably distributed capacities
6.1 Global public goods needed to support evidence use PDF | PPT
6.2 Equitably distributed capacities needed to support evidence use PDF | PPT
6.3 References PDF | PPT
7. Key messages7.1 Insights from an analysis of global-commission recommendations (PDF | PPT)
7.2 Evidence Commission recommendations PDF | PPT (to follow with the release of the report)
7.3 Annex to exhibit 7.1 PDF
7.4 References PDF | PPT
8. Appendices
8.1 Methods used to inform commissioner deliberations and recommendations PDF | PPT
8.2 Commissioner biographies PDF
8.3 Secretariat PDF | PPT
8.4 Funders PDF | PPT
8.5 Commissioner and secretariat affiliations and interests PDF | PPT
8.6 Advisors and other acknowledgements PDF | PPT
8.7 Timeline PDF | PPT
8.8 Annex to appendix 8.1 PDF
8.9 Annex to appendix 8.5 PDF
8.10 References PDF | PPT