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Planning and conducting a Priority Setting Exercise for a Cochrane entity

Date and Location




Friday 20 September 2013 - 10:30 - 12:00
Methods Group and core training

Methods Group

Agenda and Priority Setting Methods Group
Contact persons and facilitators

Contact person

Mona Nasser


Mona Nasser
Sally Crowe
Ed Wilson
Vivian Welch
Erin Ueffing
Tianjing Li
Target audience

Target audience

Cochrane entities and any one interested in priority setting

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Level of knowledge required

Type of workshop

Type of workshop

Abstract text


Objectives: At the end of the workshop, we expect that the participant will be familiar with the basic structure of a research priority setting exercise (RPS) and different (quantitative and qualitative) strategies available to prioritise topics for systematic reviews; strategies that they could use in prioritising the work of their own group. We will also introduce them to the currently available frameworks to evaluate the quality and success of RPS exercises. Description: The workshop will start with presentations about the structure of a RPS exercise, different methods used for prioritising topics for systematic reviews and the currently available frameworks to develop or evaluate a priority-setting exercise. We will provide examples used to set priorities in Cochrane entities as well as other agencies such as AHRQ and James Lind alliance or models like the Dialogue model. We will also provide examples of criteria used to prioritize research such as burden of disease, equity and controversy. The workshop will follow with a hands-on exercise that participants will be given a report of a RPS exercise (or they could bring their own example of a RPS) and appraise it using one of the frameworks for evaluating quality and success of RPS exercises.