This workshop has two core aims: Firstly, to use a highly participative format to formulate the scope and activities of the new special interest group (SIG) in Evidence-based information.
Secondly, to take the same approach to explore how the new SIG can more effectively operate within EAHIL.
1. Scope and activities of the Evidence-based information SIG: Evidence-based medicine and evidence-based practice includes the use of the best available research evidence to guide decision-making. Considering the impact of systematic reviews and other evidence-based products in decision-making, the method for comprehensively gathering the information about a specific, well-defined health issue is extremely important to ensure conclusions are based on the best available evidence and to reduce bias. However, Gómez-Sánchez et al. (EAHIL 2016) and Jane Falconer (EAHIL 2018) respectively shared similar results to prior studies pointing out that the search strategies accompanying systematic reviews continue to be often badly reported or to show a very poor methodological quality. Through the Fishbowl discussion format, all interested participants can contribute to a formulation of the SIG's priorities, aims, scope and activities, which could include: supporting knowledge exchange; providing and supporting continuing professional development for health librarians and researchers; working with publishers of medical journals; advocating for inclusion of librarians as editors in peer-review processes; collaborating with other interest groups or projects and support the dissemination or development of international standards.
2. Effective SIG operations: EAHIL members have identified challenges to SIGs: lack of activity between annual meetings; difficulty scheduling and lack of time for effective meetings during conferences/workshops; providing ways for members who cannot travel to participate in the group discussions. Workshop participants will discuss and identify modes of operation that support engagement throughout the year and for geographically distributed collaborators. This part of the workshop will be of interest to other EAHIL SIG leaders.
Learning outcomes : Participants will : 1. Gain an understanding of the key quality issues in methods and reporting of evidence syntheses. 2. Analyse and identify the priority issues in this area, and gain ideas for approaches to resolution. 3. Create a collective plan for the scope of the new SIG, its activities, and operating methods that the SIG can adopt to explore how SIGs can be more effectively participative in EAHIL. 4. Learn about and apply the Fishbowl technique.
Type of interactivity : A moderated Fishbowl design will be used, in which a small number of individuals will be invited to prepare short "position statements" to initiate discussion and debate among the whole group. The points raised will be recorded and the discussion will lead to the formulation of the SIG's scope, types of activities, and actions for next steps.
Level : Intermediate
Target audience : This workshop is primarily of interest to those who wish to have a more active role in improving the quality of methods and reporting of evidence syntheses. The second part of the session would also be of interest to existing SIG leaders who would like to explore ways of transforming group interactions to be less dependent on very brief annual face-to-face meetings.
Preparation for the session : No