Miranda Cumpston joined the Australasian Cochrane Centre as a Research Officer in January 2007. Miranda is currently working with the Policy Liaison Initiative team to evaluate efforts to increase the use of research by Australian policy makers. She also contributes to the ACC's training program, developing materials and facilitating workshops for authors of systematic reviews, and is working to develop standard editorial procedures and systems for The Cochrane Collaboration.
Miranda has recently spent a year as the Coordinator of the Australian Editorial Base of the Cochrane Musculoskeletal Group, providing editorial support to Cochrane review authors, and three years as the Education Coordinator for the Canadian Cochrane Network and Centre in Ottawa, where she was responsible for training in evidence-based decision making and systematic review methodology. She brings several years of experience in health policy, having worked with the Australian Department of Health and Ageing and as a parliamentary advisor to the Shadow Minister for Health.
Miranda holds Masters degree in Public Health from the University of Queensland and an Honours degree in Government. Miranda is an author with the Cochrane Effective Practice and Organisation of Care Group and the Cochrane Musculoskeletal Group, convenor of the Cochrane Review Group Procedures Working Group and a member of the Collaboration's Editorial Management Advisory Group.
She has a Master's degree in Public Health and a Bachelor's degree.
She is my 5th cousin once removed.
2006: Grimshaw Jeremy M; Santesso Nancy; Cumpston Miranda; Mayhew Alain; McGowan Jessie
Knowledge for knowledge translation: the role of the Cochrane Collaboration.
The Journal of continuing education in the health professions 2006;26(1):55-62.
Knowledge-translation (KT) activities, including continuing education, should be informed by the totality of available research evidence. Systematic reviews are a generic methodology used to synthesize evidence from a broad range of research methods addressing different questions. Over the past decade, there has been a dramatic increase in the availability of systematic reviews that could support KT activities. However, the conduct of systematic reviews is technically challenging, and it is not surprising that the quality of available reviews is variable. In addition, unless attempts are made to update systematic reviews, they rapidly become out of date. The Cochrane Collaboration is a unique, worldwide, not-for-profit organization that aims to help people make well-informed decisions about all forms of health care by preparing, maintaining, and promoting the accessibility of systematic reviews of the effects of health care interventions. Globally, over 13, 000 consumers, clinicians, policymakers, and researchers are involved with The Cochrane Collaboration and have to date produced over 2, 500 systematic reviews that can be used to inform KT activities. The Cochrane Collaboration publishes its reviews quarterly in The Cochrane Library. Cochrane reviews have been used to develop a number of KT-derivative products for professionals, consumers, and policymakers. Whereas most Cochrane Review groups focus on specific clinical areas, the Cochrane Effective Practice and Organisation of Care Group undertakes reviews of interventions to improve health care delivery and health care systems, including reviews of different KT activities. We summarize the activities of The Cochrane Collaboration and how these can contribute to KT activities.
Australasian Cochrane Centre Training Report
In April 2008, we taught on a Protocol and Analysis workshop held by the Singapore Branch that included several updated presentations and tutorials prepared by the Centre. Later in the year we conducted a one-day workshop for review authors on new methods and RevMan 5 in Khon Kaen, Thailand and assisted the Thai Cochrane Network with a two-day review completion workshop.
Coinciding with the final SEA-ORCHID Project meeting in Penang, Malaysia in December, we conducted a one-day Cochrane workshop for Malaysian authors and a regional train-the-trainers event. The trainers workshop was conducted by Miranda Cumpston and Steve McDonald and was attended by Cochrane trainers from Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand. The purpose of this workshop was to ensure that learnings and new methods identified at the Cochrane training meeting in Cambridge earlier in the year were communicated to trainers from across the South East Asian region
The training team at the Australasian Cochrane Centre (comprising teaching staff Veronica Pitt, Miranda Cumpston and Steve McDonald, and training administrator Donna Duyvestyn) wish to extend their thanks to the individuals who have assisted them in facilitating training workshops in 2008.
Electronic news bulletin of The Cochrane Collaboration 11 May 2006
Sender: Miranda Cumpston [[email protected]]
Subject: Cochrane News - first call for submissions
What have you been up to?
Submissions are now requested for the next issue of Cochrane News, to be published on 2 August 2006. All Cochrane contributors and entities are encouraged to share current activities across the Collaboration, including:
- methodology projects;
- communication and knowledge translation activities;
- support for Cochrane authors;
- new reviews of interest; or
- any other stories you would like to share.
Articles should be kept to a maximum of 600 words, and brief announcements and photographs are also accepted. Please send all contributions to me at [email protected] by Monday, 26 June 2006.