The Cochrane Methodology Review Group is the Cochrane Review Group responsible for Cochrane methodology reviews, which provide evidence on various methods for conducting and using health and social care research. This research needs well-trained people to conduct, interpret and use it. We are pleased to work with Université Paris Cité on its Master's of Public Health in Comparative Effectiveness in Research (CER) for which the second and final round of applications is now open. This Master’s of Science is intended for international students who want to acquire interdisciplinary skills to evolve in the field of CER. The goal of the programme is to provide students with strong skills in methods, epidemiology, clinical epidemiology, biostatistics and public health. Courses will include applied, hands-on sessions allowing the use of various epidemiological and statistical methods, and analysis of various types of data. Everything is taught in English in Paris by renowned European professors, doctors and lecturers. All of this for the small cost of 350€! Candidates have until June 15th 11:59pm Paris time to apply. Information about the Master's including the provisional calendar and the application procedure can be found at www.mastercer.com .

Cochrane methodology reviews are a special type of Cochrane review, examining the evidence on methodological aspects of systematic reviews, randomised trials and other evaluations of health and social care. They are published in the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews in the Cochrane Library, alongside Cochrane reviews of the effects of interventions, diagnostic test accuracy, prognosis and overviews of Cochrane reviews. If you would like to make a proposal to do a Cochrane methodology review, please use our form, which is available here.

The Methodology Review Group has no dedicated funding. The editorial base for the Cochrane Methodology Review Group is in the Northern Ireland Methodology Hub in Queen’s University of Belfast, Northern Ireland. If you would like to find out more about the Group, please contact the Co-ordinating Editor, Mike Clarke (m.clarke@qub.ac.uk).

COVID-19 pandemic and its impact: The Cochrane Methodology Review Group has identified reviews that might be relevant to the response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the impact of the pandemic and its associated measures on health and social care research. This includes our reviews on the effects of strategies to improve recruitment and retention in randomised trials, which may be relevant to trials for (1) patients with COVID-19, (2) other areas of health and social care impacted by the pandemic, and (3) other areas struggling to start, continue or complete research.

Some of our most relevant reviews are listed below and you can jump to them by clicking on the title:

Strategies to improve recruitment to randomised trials

Strategies designed to help healthcare professionals to recruit participants to research studies

Factors that impact on recruitment to randomised trials in health care: a qualitative evidence synthesis Podcast available here

Strategies to improve retention in randomised trials Podcast available here

Information from these reviews is used in Trial Forge Evidence Packs to help those designing and conducting trials. These provide up-to-date summaries of evidence for trial process interventions and are available free here.

We also work with Evidence Aid to provide special summaries for hundreds of systematic reviews relevant to COVID-19. These are available free at www.evidenceaid.org/coronavirus-covid-19-evidence-collection, alongside summaries of reviews relevant to other major emergencies and disasters.