The Campbell Collaboration and the Cochrane Collaboration are global organisations that use standards and guidelines for conducting and reporting high-quality evidence in the form of systematic reviews. These organisations have had a presence in India for some time, with Campbell based in New Delhi, and Cochrane South Asia based at Christian Medical College, Vellore.
Each is committed to supporting sound, policy-relevant research through evidence generation across social sciences, clinical, medical, and public health topics. Together they are convening a half-day event along with Department of Health Research, Government of India.
The goal of the event is to discuss the evidence generation process conducted by these two organisations, the use of such evidence for policy decision making in India, and the role of evidence to support policy debates and decisions in India, and for creating a culture of ‘evidence-based policy’ in addressing the various social, medical and public health challenges.
Howard White, Chief Executive Officer, Campbell Collaboration
Prathap Tharyan, Head, Cochrane South Asia
Chief Guest Speaker – The use of evidence for making public policy decisions
Prof. R R Singh, Former Head-Delhi School of Social Work (DSSW), and Former Director, Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS)
Keynote Speaker – The value of evidence on governance to improve service delivery: the experience of the Government of India
Dr. Sanjiv Kumar, Director, IIHMR Delhi (Previously Executive Director, NHSRC, Government of India)
Generating evidence: Reviewing the scope and use of recent studies on India
Roundtable Discussion with Q&A
In this panel, Campbell, Cochrane, and DHR will discuss some recent systematic findings on social programmes, clinical guidelines and public health policies with key representatives of government agencies and research institutions
· Dr Ajay Khera, Deputy Commissioner, Child Health & Immunization, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare
· Dr H P S Sachdeva, Senior Consultant Paediatrics and Clinical Epidemiologist, Sitaram Bhartia Hospital
· Dr. Meenu Singh, Prof Incharge, ICMR Advanced Center for Evidence based Child Health; Site Director, Cochrane South Asia
· Mr V K Gauba, Joint Secretary, Department of Health Research, In-charge, Medical Technology Assessment Board (MTAB)
Chair: Howard White, Chief Executive Officer, Campbell Collaboration
Co-Chair: Prathap Tharyan, Head, Cochrane South Asia
Evidence to Policy: Debating the evidence of deworming in the context of India
Roundtable Discussion with Q&A
In this panel, the evidence from Campbell and Cochrane systematic reviews will be used as basis for discussion amidst the Government of India’s National Deworming Day initiation, and in addition, get insights from funding organisations supporting deworming programs in the Indian context.
Dr Howard White, Chief Executive Officer, Campbell Collaboration
Dr Prathap Tharyan, Head, Cochrane South Asia
Dr Ajay Khera, Deputy Commissioner, Child Health & Immunization
Dr. Somashekhar Nimbalkar, Head-Department of Paediatrics, Karamsad Medical College, Gujarat
Ms Esha Kalra, Sr. National Program Manager, Evidence Action
Moderator: Prof. Prajapati Trivedi, Adjunct Professor of Public Policy, Indian School of Business
Closing Remarks: Dr Howard White, Dr Prathap Tharyan, Dr Ajay Khera, Mr. V K Gauba