Tuesday, October 18, 2011

International Development Coordinating Group (IDCG) - Campbell Collaboration

Campbell has established a new group: the International Development Coordinating Group (IDCG)

URL: http://bit.ly/jFe9JM

"...The International Development Coordinating Group prepares, updates and disseminates systematic reviews of high policy-relevance focusing on social and economic development interventions in low and middle income countries. The Group provides editorial services and technical support to authors of Campbell reviews...."

This network of researchers, policy makers and practitioners will produce and disseminate systematic reviews of high policy relevance on the effects of international development interventions. Its scope covers social and economic development interventions which aim to improve the quality of life for people in low- and middle-income countries. This includes interventions in agriculture and rural development; banking and finance; transport, energy, water and sanitation infrastructure; social development; and governance.

The IDCG has grown out of Campbell's partnership with the International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie) seeks to "improve the lives of poor people in low- and middle-income countries by providing, and summarizing, evidence of what works, when, why and for how much". Professor Howard White, Alfred Deakin Research Institute, Australia and Executive Director of 3ie, and Professor Peter Tugwell, University of Ottawa, Canada are Co-Chairs of the Group.

It is committed to providing authors with the support necessary to complete Campbell reviews and will provide or arrange substantial technical assistance for reviewers, especially with respect to information retrieval, critical appraisal and statistical methods. We welcome the participation of researchers, students, practitioners, policy makers and service users. Any interested party can propose a title for a review, form a review team, and submit a protocol for a Campbell review to the Group.

Steps for registering systematic reviews with IDCG, see: http://bit.ly/jgXkFa

New titles are approved by our Advisory Board, an internationally representative group of experts in international development research, policy and practice. Protocols and reviews are also subjected to a rigorous peer assessment process. We solicit critiques from substantive, methodological, and information search specialists and seek the Editorial Board's approval before publishing protocol and review documents in the Campbell Library. The process of registering a review with our Group is as follows:

1. Authors contact Group secretariat to discuss proposed title and scope

2. Authors are asked to submit a title registration form for review

3. Once title agreed, authors are required to submit a protocol within 6 months of title registration. Protocols are then subject to rigorous peer review by International Development Group editors and the Campbell Collaboration Methods Group

4. Systematic review reports submitted to the Group are also subject to rigorous peer review.

For all enquiries regarding registration, please contact: bsnilstveit@3ieimpact.org

Financial support for reviews-in-progress

Financial support for reviews is expected to be available from on-going requests for proposals by organisations such as the International Initiative for Impact Evaluation(3ie), the UK's Department for International Development (DFID) and the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID), among others.

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