Suggesting a Topic for the VA Evidence-based Synthesis Program
Nominating a topic for the VA Evidence-based Synthesis Program
Thank you for your interest in the VA Evidence-based Synthesis Program (ESP). The ESP was established in 2007 to make high quality evidence analysis available to clinicians, managers and policymakers as they work to improve the health and healthcare of Veterans.
The ESP can accommodate ~12 review topics per fiscal year. Because of the limited resources available, review topics are selected when we can effectively demonstrate that an evidence synthesis will assist VA leadership in addressing important clinical practice and/or policy issues. As we consider your topic, it would help us to better understand how your topic relates to National VHA policy and the mechanism in place to implement the review findings; e.g., guidelines committee, field advisory committee, formulary or other decision-making structure. Thus, identifying an "operational partner" (decision-making body) is an important part of the process to insure implementation. Operational partners are consulted to determine the scope of the review, identify technical experts to inform key question development and peer reviewers to review the draft report; they also provide consultation on dissemination activities once the report is completed.
Nominations are accepted electronically using the online Topic Submission Form. Once received, the ESP Coordinating Center will contact you to inform you of the status of your request. If your nomination is selected as a potential ESP project, the Coordinating Center will work with you to refine the scope of the proposed review, develop a set of preliminary key questions, and determine a timeline for the report.
If you have questions about nominating a topic, please contact the ESP Coordinating Center. We will be happy to walk you through the process.
Thank you for participating in the program!