The Global Evidence Commission’s Report provided a wake-up call for the evidence community

  • Ruth Stewart
    Corresponding author: Ruth Stewart+27 (0)72 713 7297, ORCID: 0000-0002-9891-9028
    Africa Centre for Evidence, House 2, Research Village, Bunting Road Campus, University of Johannesburg, 2006, Johannesburg, South Africa
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  • Isabelle Boutron
    Université de Paris, INSERM, INRAE, CNAM, Centre of Research in Epidemiology and Statistics (CRESS), F-75004 Paris, France

    Centre d’Épidémiologie Clinique, AP-HP, Hôpital Hôtel-Dieu, F-75004 Paris, France

    Cochrane France, F-75004 Paris, France
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  • Elie A. Akl
    Department of Internal Medicine, American University of Beirut Medical Center, Beirut, Lebanon

    Department of Health Research Methods, Evidence, and Impact (HEI) at McMaster University, Hamilton, ON, Canada
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      The Global Evidence Commission report was published in early January 2022. As potential users of the report from France, Lebanon, and South Africa, we have reflected on the value of the report and the next steps for the community. We commend the report for its consideration of a wide range of audiences, and clear recommendations for each. We value its ability to draw lessons from the COVID-19 pandemic, and wider health and non-health fields. The report is an important wake up call for the evidence community and a call to action for us all. Whilst the report is not without its limitations, it is a useful starting point to improve the use of evidence, both in routine times and in future global crises. We all have a role to play in taking forward its recommendations to shape the future of the global evidence movement.


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