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Vivian Welch Appointed Campbell Collaboration Editor


The Campbell Collaboration has recently announced the appointment of Dr. Vivian Welch as its first full-time Editor in Chief. Vivian will be continuing her work with the Bruyère Research Institute while taking on this new role with The Campbell Collaboration. This internationally recognized organization sets standards for the synthesis of evidence and disseminates high quality systematic reviews. Through building links with users of systematic reviews and groups responsible for creating high quality and useful systematic reviews the Campbell Collaboration supports the development of evidence-based policies and practices that promote positive social and economic change.

Vivian will be bringing 20 years of systematic review experience with both Cochrane and Campbell standards. Since 2010, she has led multidisciplinary methods research in collaboration with patients, clinicians, policy leaders, statistician, economists and other academics, leading to high-impact methods guidance. She holds several leadership positions both locally as director of the Methods Centre at the Bruyère Research Institute and globally as co-convener of the Campbell and Cochrane Equity Methods Group. She has held editorial roles since 1997, most recently as editor of the Cochrane Methods Journal and the BMC Research Methodology section on economic, social and ethical issues affecting implementation of research findings.

As Editor in Chief Vivian will be responsible for ensuring the quality of evidence synthesis studies published in the Campbell Library, supporting the editorial process of Campbell Coordinating Groups and the development of new Coordinating Groups, the development of standards for a broader range of evidence synthesis questions and approaches to be published in the Campbell Library, support to training for producers and users of Campbell evidence synthesis studies, and promoting the Campbell Collaboration.