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Table 6 People involved in producing a product or delivering a service

From: Evidence-informed health policy 2 – Survey of organizations that support the use of research evidence

Characteristics Organizations producing CPGs
(n = 31)
Organizations producing HTAs
(n = 19)
Organizations producing CPGs and HTAs
(n = 45)
Organizations supporting government policymaking (n = 57)
Average number of members in a CPG or HTA development panel
1–5 full time equivalents (FTE) 17 (55%) 11 (58%) 23 (51%) -
6–10 FTE 9 (29%) 5 (26%) 11 (24%) -
11–15 FTE 2 (6%) 0 (0%) 5 (11%) -
16–20 FTE 1 (3%) 1 (5%) 1 (2%) -
> 20 FTE 2 (6%) 1 (5%) 3(7%) -
Not reported 1 (3%) 1 (5%) 1 (2%) -
Average number of staff involved in service delivery
< 0.5 full time equivalents (FTE) - - - 8 (14%)
0.5 – 1.9 FTE - - - 6 (11%)
> 2 FTE - - - 37 (65%)
Types of experts/stakeholders who were always involved*
Information/library science 19 (61%) 16 (84%) 27 (60%) 29 (51%)
Clinical epidemiology 21 (68%) 14 (74%) 32 (71%) 24 (42%)
Biostatistics 3 (10%) 6 (32%) 17 (38%) 23 (40%)
Health economics 5 (16%) 10 (53%) 17 (38%) 24 (42%)
Other types of social scientists 4 (13%) 4 (21%) 12 (27%) 23 (40%)
Knowledge transfer/communications 10 (32%) 8 (42%) 21 (47%) 24 (42%)
Consumer 9 (29%) 3 (16%) 17 (38%) 15 (26%)
Other 7 (23%) 9 (47%) 13 (29%) 15 (26%)
Types of experts/stakeholders who were involved only if necessary*
Information/library science 10 (32%) 2 (11%) 13 (29%) 22 (39%)
Clinical epidemiology 8 (26%) 4 (21%) 11 (24%) 22 (39%)
Biostatistics 16 (52%) 12 (63%) 19 (42%) 26 (46%)
Health economics 15 (48%) 9 (47%) 23 (51%) 26 (46%)
Other types of social scientists 14 (45%) 15 (79%) 26 (58%) 24 (42%)
Knowledge transfer/communications 8 (26%) 8 (42%) 9 (20%) 23 (40%)
Consumer 12 (39%) 11 (58%) 11 (24%) 24 (42%)
Other 2 (6%) 4 (21%) 3 (7%) 5 (9%)
Involvement of target users in product development or service delivery
By participation in development/delivery group 25 (81%) 11 (58%) 33 (73%) -
By survey of views/preferences 9 (29%) 2 (11%) 18 (40%) -
By review of draft product or service model 22 (71%) 9 (47%) 32 (71%) -
No 0 (0%) 3 (16%) 3 (7%)  
Not reported 0 (0%) 2 (11%) 1 (2%) -
Involvement of consumers (patients or general public) in product development or service delivery
By participation in development group 12 (39%) 3 (16%) 16 (36%) 25 (44%)
By survey of views/preferences 9 (29%) 2 (11%) 14 (31%) 31 (54%)
By review of draft guideline (or HTA) 14 (45%) 5 (26%) 23 (51%) 17 (30%)
No 10 (32%) 9 (47%) 13 (29%) 15 (26%)
Not reported 1 (3%) 2 (11%) 1 (2%) 1 (2%)
Criteria used in expert and/or target user selection*
Geographic balance 21 (68%) 7 (37%) 18 (40%) -
Gender balance 8 (26%) 2 (11%) 8 (18%) -
Other 18 (58%) 11 (58%) 25 (56%) -
  1. *More than one answer was possible for the question