Who's involved

The following core people are involved in the work of the Social Welfare Coordinating Group (SWCG):

Co-chair and Editor

Brandy Maynard
Social Welfare Group Co-Chair
Saint Louis University
Missouri, USA
Email: [email protected]


Douglas Besharov
Social Welfare Group Co-Chair
University of Maryland, School of Public Policy
Maryland, USA
Email: [email protected] 

Managing Editor

Audrey Portes
Campbell Secretariat
[email protected]

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SWCG position roles and responsibilities

The SWCG has the following positions: Co-chair, Steering Group Representative, Editor, Mangaing Editor, Trial Search Coordinator, Editorial Board. Read more about position roles and responsibilities below.

Co-chairs (minimum of 2) are elected by voting members of the SWCG to three-year terms. Terms will be staggered to insure orderly transitions. Roles and responsibilities of Co-chairs are as follows:

  • Responsible for internal governance of the Coordinating group (make sure key roles are filled and others are doing their jobs) consistent with Campbell governance policies
  • Establish and maintain collaborative working relationships with other organizations and Campbell groups
  • Disseminate information about the Coordinating group
  • Receive all criticisms related to activities of members of the group
  • Make final decisions for the group regarding policy and implementation
  • Recruit volunteers for group activities, including reviewers, referees, hand searchers, etc.
  • Convene group meetings
  • Provide pre-publication comments on proposed titles for new reviews
  • Responsible for ensuring the quality of content on the Campbell SWCG website, including the quality of protocols and reviews
  • Formally approve or reject titles, protocols, and reviews after receiving recommendations from the Editor
  • May serve as representatives to the Campbell Steering Group (limited to 2 representatives)

Campbell representatives. Two of the Co-chairs shall be elected to three-year terms at staggered intervals (to ensure orderly rotation of the Steering Group). A 3 year term may be renewed once (by re-election). Roles and responsibilities of Steering Group representatives:

  • Represents and informs constituents
  • Works with other Steering Group members to set Campbell policy, plans, priorities

Editors (known as Coordinating Editors in groups jointly registered with the Cochrane Collaboration) are appointed by the Co-chairs and outgoing Editor, with approval of the Campbell Steering Group. Editors are responsible for providing substantive and methodological feedback to authors consistent with Campbell policies, consolidating feedback from external readers and the Campbell methods group, and suggesting how authors can effectively respond to feedback. Specific responsibilities are as follows:

  • Provide substantive comments on titles, protocols, and completed reviews as they are submitted by authors.
  • Determine whether draft documents (protocols and reviews) meet Campbell guidelines and standards prior to external peer review.
  • Request changes from authors and provide authors with detailed editorial recommendations and corrections prior to external review.
  • Select external peer reviewers with input from the Co-Chairs and Editorial Board.
  • Notify the Managing Editor when documents are ready for external review and review by the Campbell Methods Group.
  • Make sure the Managing Editor has information and support needed to perform his/her duties.
  • Integrate comments from external peer reviewers and methods reviewers into a clear set of changes that need to be addressed by the authors (i.e., write "action letters").
  • Evaluate authors' revisions to protocols and reviews and determine if they adequately address the concerns of the external reviewers.
  • Submit completed protocol and systematic reviews to the Co-Chairs for final approval prior to publication in The Campbell Collaboration Library.

Managing Editors are appointed by the Editors and Co-chairs. Managing editors are responsible for procedural aspects of editorial process and provide assistance to the group Editor(s).

  • Determine whether new titles are appropriate to the group's scope, on advice from the Editor
  • Reroute titles that are not in the group's scope, suggesting that authors submit titles to appropriate groups
  • Check Cochrane and Campbell Libraries to see whether proposed titles duplicate other work in progress
  • Identify titles that are co-registered with other groups (in Cochrane or Campbell) and ask Editors of these groups to decide which group will take primary responsibility for editorial work
  • Ensure that titles, protocols, and reviews are processed according to Campbell standards
  • Send authors' materials (titles, protocols, and reviews) to Editors and Co-chairs for comments
  • Send Editors' and Co-chairs' comments to authors
  • Support the Editor's efforts to ensure that titles, protocols, and reviews meet the high standards of Campbell
  • Encourage involvement of prospective authors, peer reviewers, and other stakeholders
  • Support the Co-chairs in disseminating information about the activities of the Campbell Collaboration and the Coordinating group worldwide
  • Maintain a mailing list and database of contacts, including members and affiliates of the group
  • Send electronic messages to the group mailing list with prior approval of the Co-chairs
  • Advise reviewers in the preparation of titles, protocols, and reviews
  • Assist the Editor in identifying new members of review teams, to provide expertise where needed
  • Provide authors with information on Campbell-approved training sessions and materials
  • Coordinate the editorial base: facilitate communication between Co-chairs, Editors, authors, trial search coordinators, and others
  • Encourage direct communication between parties, including constructive criticism and use of the Campbell appeals process when necessary
  • Track the procedural status of all titles, protocols, and reviews (except those in CDPLPG)
  • Prepare monthly reports on the procedural status of titles, protocols, and reviews
  • Monitor and enhance the transparency and efficiency of the editorial process. Identify potential problems and possible solutions, with the Editor and Co-chairs
  • Ensure that accurate and current information appears on the Campbell SWCG home page
  • Route approved documents to the web content manager for posting on Campbell-Library

Trial Search Coordinators (TSCs)

  • Assist authors with designing search strategies
  • Review and critique search strategies in protocols and their description in each review
  • Give advice to authors about which databases to search
  • Develop search strategies for the different electronic online databases
  • Assist authors to run electronic searches (if needed)
  • Assist authors to Co-ordinate handsearch activities (if needed)

Editorial Board Members are appointed by SWCG Co-Chairs and Editors

  • Provide Editor with anonymous critiques of protocols and reviews submitted to the SWCG.
  • Provide advice to the Editor and Co-chairs on the development of the SWCG and its editorial base.
  • Serve as liaison for the SWCG to the Campbell Steering Group
  • Make final decisions regarding policy and implementation
  • Recruit volunteers for SWCG activities, including reviewers, referees, hand searchers, etc.
  • Co-Chair SWCG meetings
  • Provide pre-publication comments on titles, protocols, and reviews
  • Disseminate information about the group
  • Receive all criticisms related to activities of members of the SWCG



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