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G-I-N spotlight April 2011

During its two day meeting in London the Board discussed a number of topics including the working groups and communities and their deliverables, developing further collaborations, the conferences and last but not least, better ways of communicating with G-I-N members and stakeholders.

An update from the Board

Working groups and communities

The Board validated work plans and allocated funds to the G-I-N Groups and Communities. There was a sense that the groups are really moving forward. During 2011-2012 a number of deliverables will be emerging, thanks to the work of all those involved. The Board had a discussion around intellectual property, deciding to seek legal advice to ensure that the work of G-I-N and its groups is well protected and benefits the members.


Having discussed the idea for some time, the Board now decided to focus on education. In previous years a number of workshops and courses were delivered under the auspices of G-I-N. However, there has been no coordination and little discussion around what should be offered and how. Dave Davis agreed to lead a taskforce to assess needs and to develop an education strategy for G-I-N. Ideas are to develop ad-hoc as well as online courses in addition to the pre and post conference courses first organized in Chicago. To support Dave’s work, Minna Kaila agreed to take over chairing G-I-N’s Membership committee.

Finances and deliveries of the Network

After careful planning and use of resources we can now use some of the surplus generated to support the activities of the groups and to work on even better communication. In London the Board decided to allocate a line in the budget to the working groups to facilitate their work and delivery of planned toolkits, registries and papers.


We need to improve communication, both internally and externally. The Board decided to explore ways of using enGINe mor effectiveley and to develop new strategies to reach out to our members and stakeholders. Some of the ideas for further discussion are: developing a blog and/ or a technical forum; using social medias and the G-I-N facebook page; better use of the website and ensuring that the pages related to the working groups and activities are kept up to date; adding a session at the time of the conference where we could present their work and deliverables; and participating to other conferences and meetings representing G-I-N.

G-I-N annual members’ survey

To improve and evolve our network and to make sure that the activities and products continue to serve all members, we are once again asking for your help. Please give up about ten (10) minutes of your valuable time to answer these questions and feedback your reflections, ideas and thoughts.

Survey link:

The deadline to complete the survey is 15 May 2011.

Note: this is a G-I-N members only survey, and to answer, please log-in to the website. If you have difficulties logging in or have lost your password please let us know:

Non-members are also encouraged to provide us with comments and suggestions for improvements by email:

Evolution of enGINe

One real opportunity is to improve this newsletter, enGINe, and to ensure that it answers the needs and wishes of its readers. Here are some of the Board's ideas from the meeting in London: providing a monthly update on the latest entries in the guideline library; providing the literature update as currently (i.e. every 3 months); providing updates from the working groups every other month 2 to 3 groups at a time; publishing a conference issue 3-4 times a year (call for abstracts, preliminary programme and registrations, feedback from the conference). Also they suggest that one issue could be more strategy oriented.

We would really appreciate your input and ideas. If you think about anything or would like to participate in the editorial team of enGINe, please contact Magali (!

Development of a position paper

Guidelines may fall short of meeting basic quality criteria or have major inconsistencies in their development methods. A standard guideline development process is essential when developing valid, usable, and reliable guidelines as well as for the users to judge the quality of guidelines. The G-I-N Board of Trustees recognizes the importance of such a rigorous and standardised process. We are in the process of developing a paper that will identify key components of a guideline to aid guideline developers to ensure that guideline recommendations are methodologically sound and based on evidence derived from best available research. In addition, the users of a guideline can utilize these criteria to evaluate the validity and quality of a guideline.

If you have any questions or comments, please contact the G-I-N Office at

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