Our vision is a world of improved health where decisions about health and health care are informed by high-quality, relevant and up-to-date synthesized research evidence.
Our mission is to promote evidence-informed health decision-making by producing high-quality, relevant, accessible systematic reviews and other synthesized research evidence.
Our work is internationally recognized as the benchmark for high-quality information about the effectiveness of health care.
Cochrane's work is based on ten key principles:
|1||Collaboration||by fostering global co-operation, teamwork, and open and transparent communication and decision-making.|
|2||Building on the enthusiasm of individuals||by involving, supporting and training people of different skills and backgrounds.|
|3||Avoiding duplication of effort||by good management, co-ordination and effective internal communications to maximize economy of effort.|
|4||Minimizing bias||through a variety of approaches such as scientific rigour, ensuring broad participation, and avoiding conflicts of interest.|
|5||Keeping up-to-date||by a commitment to ensure that Cochrane Systematic Reviews are maintained through identification and incorporation of new evidence.|
|6||Striving for relevance||by promoting the assessment of health questions using outcomes that matter to people making choices in health and health care.|
|7||Promoting access||by wide dissemination of our outputs, taking advantage of strategic alliances, and by promoting appropriate access models and delivery solutions to meet the needs of users worldwide.|
|8||Ensuring quality||by applying advances in methodology, developing systems for quality improvement, and being open and responsive to criticism.|
|9||Continuity||by ensuring that responsibility for reviews, editorial processes, and key functions is maintained and renewed.|
|10||Enabling wide participation||in our work by reducing barriers to contributing and by encouraging diversity.|