Collaboration between medical professional societies and health organizations can increase the efficiency of development efforts, reduce waste, and help share resources, knowledge, and skills within and across disciplines. However, an international needs assessment of guideline developers found that certain aspects of collaboration were specifically challenging, including difficulties reconciling differences in guideline methodology and the time required for establishing collaboration agreements.
Since then, McMaster University and the Guidelines International Network (G-I-N) have worked on developing a toolkit for organizations looking to inspire, guide, and facilitate their own collaborations. The toolkit, launched at this year's G-I-N conference in Glasgow, Scotland, includes access to helpful resources such as a Memorandum of Understanding template for establishing partnerships and a glossary for making sure all parties are on the same page regarding important terms. A list of collaboration-related publications offers further knowledge and guidance for aspiring collaborators.
Check out the toolkit here and stay posted for update and additions!