The MIF was established in 2012 to fund methodological research. Historically the evaluation of research methods is an area which struggles to obtain funding. The 2015 Methods Symposium will spotlight the importance of knowing the uncertainties within and limits of the methods we use so that we can measure how they affect review findings.
By 2018 Cochrane will have spent over £700,000 on methods development and implementation projects. Due to the generous indirect support provided by our members, an estimate suggests the true monetary value of this work is nearly double Cochrane’s contribution. It is extraordinary value for money.
This work contributes to the wider body of knowledge on research synthesis methods. It also ensures that Cochrane methodology is up to date as methods advance. All projects are expected to provide implementation and dissemination plans. Many projects provide guidance as core output and involve review authors in the development that guidance.