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Two years down, one to go: an NIHR Programme Grant in numbers

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Publication date24/10/2016
Original languageEnglish
EventCochrane Colloquium - Seoul
Duration: 24/10/201627/10/2016

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ConferenceCochrane Colloquium
CitySeoul
Period24/10/1627/10/16

Abstract

Background
There is more emphasis than ever on producing priority systematic reviews to a high
standard as quickly as possible. This is a key element of Cochrane’s Strategy to 2020, and
the focus of Production Models within Project Transform – Cochrane’s initiative to “improve
the way people, processes, and technologies come together to produce Cochrane content”.
Cochrane Airways started a three-year NIHR programme grant in May 2014 on the subject of
asthma. We presented reassuring progress at the end of year 1 in Vienna, and listed aspects
that sped up or slowed down development. Another year on and with a year to go, we have
updated and extended the analyses.

Objective
To assess an NIHR programme grant as a production model in terms of productivity,
authorship, resources, and impact.

Methods
We used Archie data to track the 25 programme grant titles and conduct analyses of median
time taken to reach milestones. We collated data about PPI involvement, number and
geography of contributing authors, resources, and impact (guideline inclusion, Altmetrics,
podcasts and blogs).

Conclusions
The model continues to be an efficient way of producing priority reviews quickly in the Airways
group. Resource implications may be a barrier to implementing the model more widely, and
improvements are needed to enhance impact and inclusion, especially from authors in LMIC.