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Application of the priority criteria (first step)

At his moment, the KCE is preparing its annual research programme for 2018.

The proposals for research topics can be submitted by filling in an online form, at the latest on September 06 2017 at 20:00.

Example of form

1. Anonymisation of all proposals.

2. Thorough reading and assessment of each proposal

At minimum 12 people are involved:

  • the members of the KCE management
  • the KCE senior experts
  • 2 other experts specialized in the domain concerned.

The five priority criteria: 

  • Policy relevance: To what extent can the study provide support to the decision-making process?
  • Importance of the study – Frequency: Will the topic of the study cover a large number of patients, bouts of illness, care providers and/or care institutions?
  • Importance of the study – Severity: Does the topic deal with a serious health or health care issue (life expectancy, quality of life of the patients, quality, continuity of care; accessibility, fairness of the care, social and ethical aspects) or with economic aspects (affordability for patients and/or the relevant authorities; efficiency or judicious use of the available resources)?
  • Importance of the study – Room for improvement: Will the proposed study be able to alleviate the problem? What obstacles can be expected?
  • Feasibility: Is the proposed study likely to be completed within a period of one year?

The members of the jury can give five different scores to every item: 1 = unsatisfactorily; 2 = fairly; 3 = satisfactorily; 4 = adequately; 5 = perfectly. 

The average and the standard deviations of the scores will be calculated.
Every difference of opinion based on the standard deviation or the comments of the members of the jury will be discussed. The object of these deliberations is to reach a consensus which may involve an adjustment of the scores.

The overall priority score per research proposal will be calculated by by adding up the five average scores. The greater the end result of the sum, the greater the priority of the proposal.

3. establishing the Shortlist and the provisional programme

The best scored research topics will be included in a shortlist of some 20 new study topics. This shortlist will be presented to the KCE Executive Board in October. The Executive Board may adjust the pre-set priorities and will ultimately make the provisional programme for 2018.

published on 01-06-2016