BACKGROUND

Over the last 5 years, Cochrane and a number of Australian and international partners have developed the foundations of the Living Evidence model of evidence synthesis and dissemination. This world-leading approach harnesses innovations in software, data systems, machine learning, automation, citizen science and co-production to enable near real-time updating of systematic reviews, evidence-based guideline recommendations and other high-quality evidence products. 

Importantly, the Living Evidence model supports rapid evidence synthesis without compromising the rigorous, gold standard methods for systematic review that are needed to provide trustworthy recommendations.

Early work to develop and test the suite of technical tools and streamlined processes that underpin the Living Evidence model was enabled through Project Transform funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council and the Cochrane Game Changer Initiative from 2014-2018.

Project Transform included five key project components:

  • Evidence Pipeline - Finding relevant research in a timely and reliable way

  • Cochrane Crowd - Developing pathways for potential new contributors to Cochrane reviews

  • TaskExchange - Increasing the efficiency of working collaboratively

  • Production Models / Living Systematic Reviews - Ensuring Cochrane content is relevant and up-to-date

  • Australian Guidelines - supporting access to Living Evidence tools and services for Australian guideline developers

Building on this work, Cochrane Australia led the establishment of the Australian Living Evidence Consortium in May 2018 to bring together a group of close collaborators and early adopters of the Living Evidence concept among Australia’s clinical guideline development community. Members of the Consortium are committed to evidence-based methods for guideline development, embracing innovation and supporting a collaborative approach to advancing Living Evidence capacity in Australia.


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