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Komplexe Interventionen – Entwicklung durch Austausch: 13. Jahrestagung des Deutschen Netzwerks Evidenzbasierte Medizin

Deutsches Netzwerk Evidenzbasierte Medizin e. V.

15.03. - 17.03.2012, Hamburg

The Campbell Collaboration

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  • corresponding author Karin Hannes - Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium; Campbell Collaboration, Belgium

Komplexe Interventionen – Entwicklung durch Austausch. 13. Jahrestagung des Deutschen Netzwerks Evidenzbasierte Medizin. Hamburg, 15.-17.03.2012. Düsseldorf: German Medical Science GMS Publishing House; 2012. Doc12ebm003

doi: 10.3205/12ebm003, urn:nbn:de:0183-12ebm0036

Published: March 5, 2012

© 2012 Hannes.
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In 1993, the Cochrane Collaboration managed to establish itself as an international organisation that aims to help people make well-informed decisions about health care by preparing, maintaining and ensuring the accessibility of systematic reviews of the effects of health care interventions. Few years later, the Campbell Collaboration was established aiming to promote systematic reviews within the field of education, criminology, social welfare and international development. With this contribution we will provide a critical analysis of ancient and more recent developments in the Cochrane and Campbell Collaboration. Drawing on Actor-Network Theory we intent to shed light on the successful as well as the more problematic enrolment and mobilisation of different stakeholders in the collaborations. Examples of Cochrane comprehensive reviews combining quantitative and qualitative evidence will be highlighted, as well as the promising sibling studies from published Campbell Reviews.