To Improve the Quality of Review, Evidence Summit Held Workshop with Cochrane

Jakarta – To reduce maternal and neonatal mortality In Indonesia, the Evidence Summit team continues to sharpen the findings of the systematic review, which has been performed since 2016. One way is by holding Workshop for Qualitative Evidence Synthesis with speaker from Cochrane Australia, Dr. Tari Turner, on 28-30 May 2017.

The workshop was carried out to review the process of systematic review of quantitative and qualitative evidence related maternal and neonatal mortality in Indonesia. Therefore, the findings and policy recommendations resulting from Evidence Summit activities will have the highest and most reliable standards. Dr. Turner was brought in to provide training to members of the Executive Committee (EC), members of Core Technical Group (CTG), and Evidence Reviewer Team (ERT). Cochrane is a non-profit organization experienced in conducting systematic review process to produce information on health used by various organizations and governments worldwide.

The first day of the workshop began with presentation of qualitative evidence synthesis, followed by explanation of ways of identifying qualitative evidence. During the third session, Dr. Turner guided the participants of the workshop on how to assess the quality of qualitative evidence. The day ended with a session of synthesizing the results of qualitative research on the ERT report.

On the second day, participants were asked to map out each theme of the qualitative evidence literature. The second session continued with Dr. Turner presenting the Theory of Change, so that the participants understand various components of an issue, and how they are related to each other. A structured way of thinking will enhance ERT’s ability to organize, analyze, and interpret data systematically. The workshop concluded by summarizing the findings and combining the results of the quantitative and qualitative evidence. This session is vital since most ERT reports contain both types of evidence.

Preliminary findings and initial policy recommendations extracted from some 370 eligible evidence of maternal and neonatal mortality had been submitted to the Ministry of Health and Public Health Offices of various provinces in Indonesia at the National Health Working Meeting on February 28, 2017. (*)

Writer: Winda Hutami, Anggrita Desyani