In a number of our research priority setting workshops, Cochrane groups asked us for simple descriptions of a variety of research priority setting exercises.
The Council on Health Research for Development has developed a categorisation of different methods of Research Priority setting Methods. However, some key methods for setting priorities like the James Lind Alliance approach are missing from the overview. Moreover, different research groups implement the same methods differently in their own context and topic area. In order to help, Cochrane groups to make more informed decisions on how to prioritise their topics, we selected research articles representing different methods used in research priority setting and provided a summary of them.