Monitoring and Registration Committee update
The Monitoring and Registration Committee (MaRC), previously known as the Monitoring and Registration Group, held its most recent meeting in Helsinki in June. We attended at the invitation of Jos Verbeek, a Field representative on the MaRC and Convenor of the Occupational Health Field, which is located at the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health. We extend our thanks to Jos for his wonderful hospitality during our stay, including an evening in a log cabin with sauna on the shores of the Baltic Sea!
We said goodbye in person to Rob Scholten and Zbys Fedorowicz, although they offi cially stay on until October 2010 at which time they step down from the MaRC and Steering Group as representatives of Centres and CRGs respectively. We extend our heartfelt thanks to both for their six years of enormous contributions. All other representatives will continue on the MaRC at least until 2011. David Tovey joined the meeting by teleconference. He provided an update on the activities of the Cochrane Editorial Unit (CEU) and discussion took place about how best to avoid duplication between the CEU and the MaRC.
As well as conducting our core business of reviewing the sustainability and progress of each of the entities due for monitoring this year (Fields, Methods Groups and Centres), we discussed in detail the future direction and membership of the Committee; processes involving entity Executives in the monitoring process, including who should define the data to be monitored; and moving towards an electronic system of monitoring.
A major area of discussion was the implementation of Key Performance Indicators (KPIs). Centres and Methods Groups have developed KPIs and Fields are in the process of reviewing their core functions to identify KPIs that can be measured and reported on. It is anticipated that KPIs for CRGs will be developed by David Tovey and the CRG Executives in consultation with the MaRC.
This year saw the fi rst of Cochrane groups (the Methods Groups) reporting on their elected, as well as mandatory, core functions. Moving in this direction has involved an enormous amount of work and we particularly thank Ian Shemilt, the Methods’ Executive and the members of Methods Groups for engaging in this process. It is building on the work of the Strategic Review and is an important move forward for the Collaboration.
Finally, thank you to all who contribute to and participate in the monitoring process; whilst at times it can be onerous, it is essential.
Your MaRC representatives are: Zbys Fedorowicz (CRG at large – until October 2010); Karen New (author and Co-Convenor); Joy Oliver (Centres); Ian Shemilt (Methods Groups); Rob Scholten (Centres – until October 2010); Marian Showell (TSCs); Nicole Skoetz (MEs); Jos Verbeek (Fields); Jason Wasiak (Fields); Liz Whamond (Consumers) and Hans van der Wouden (CRG at large). Any of these people would be pleased to answer your questions about the MaRC (please email Claire Allen at email@example.com).
Karen New and Hans van der Wouden
Monitoring and Registration Committee