New ways to put people at the heart of producing Cochrane evidence: Cochrane Crowd and TaskExchange


Workshop session 6: Oct 24 Concurrent Session B

Workshop category: 

  • Innovative solutions to challenges of evidence production
Date and Location


Monday 24 October 2016 - 14:00 to 15:30


Contact persons and facilitators

Contact person:


Noel-Storr A1, Turner T2, Mavergames C3
1 Cochrane Dementia and Cognitive Improvement Group, Oxford University, United Kingdom
2 Cochrane Australia, Australia
3 Cochrane Central Executive Team, Germany
Target audience

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Target audience: 

People who would like to contribute to producing Cochrane evidence and people who have review tasks with which they would like help

Level of difficulty: 

Type of workshop

Length of workshop: 

90 Minutes


Objectives: To introduce the newest versions of Cochrane Crowd and TaskExchange, describe the aims, progress and future plans of each component.

Description: Cochrane’s success depends on engaging people successfully. Two components of Project Transform, Cochrane Crowd and TaskExchange, are the creation and refining of innovative pathways for people to become involved with Cochrane and to make meaningful contributions to producing evidence.

Cochrane Crowd builds on the success of the Embase project in attracting people to help Cochrane curate high-quality health evidence. Volunteers from around the world help us identify the research we need to determine if a treatment or diagnostic test works.

TaskExchange brings together people from across Cochrane’s global contributor network. It connects people in Cochrane who need review tasks done, with people who have the skills and time to do them.

Participants will experience and provide feedback on Cochrane Crowd and TaskExchange by:
1. Cochrane Crowd
- Trialling tasks
- Exploring current and potential incentives and reward structures
- Trialling training modules

2. TaskExchange
- Posting and viewing tasks
- Creating and viewing profiles
- Setting up task notifications

Participants will also contribute design ideas that will influence the next phases of development for Cochrane Crowd and TaskExchange. Please bring a laptop or similar device.