Cochrane Training is an initiative of the Cochrane Collaboration that covers all aspects of training related to the preparation and production of Cochrane reviews. It stems from the 2009 Strategic Review which recommended training be an additional purpose of the Collaboration, alongside the production of systematic reviews.
Access to a range of training resources available in various formats is crucial if the Collaboration is to maintain the quality and volume of its output. We also recognise that reviews are increasingly complex to prepare and support, and require contributors with diverse competencies and skills.
In March 2010, the Cochrane Collaboration Steering Group agreed to allocate significant resources to establish a central ‘Cochrane Training’ initiative. A detailed first phase workplan was presented to the Steering Group in October 2010 and approved in full. Some of the projects approved are extensions of existing projects that are available through this site, for example, the online learning modules and the presentations on introductory topics.
The Training Working Group is responsible for overseeing Cochrane Training and providing central co-ordination of training and support activities across the Collaboration in relation to preparing Cochrane reviews. The group was established in October 2008 following a meeting to discuss the training needs of Cochrane authors and editorial teams resulting from the release of the Cochrane Handbook for Systematic Reviews of Interventions and RevMan 5.
The group is convened by the training teams based at the UK Cochrane Centre and Australasian Cochrane Centre, and has members from review groups, methods groups, centres and the editorial unit.