Our vision, mission and principles

Our vision
Our vision is a country where decisions about health and health care are informed by high quality, relevant and up-to-date synthesized research evidence.

Our mission
Our mission is to foster and facilitate evidence-informed health decision-making in Switzerland. 

Our principles
We adhere to the five values of our host institution, the Lausanne University hospital, and interpret them as follows:

Competence: Our team’s competence will be used to the optimal benefit of evidence-informed health care in Switzerland.

Empathy: The population’s and, in particular, patients’ needs are the driving force behind our work and we aim to respond to these needs to the best of our capacity.

Creativity: We will continuously explore new ways and opportunities to best serve our target audiences and to creatively optimize the use of our resources.

Responsibility: We commit to using available resources in a responsible manner.

Transparency: We strive for full transparency through open communication about our activities.

 

In addition to our values, we subscribe to the operating principles of Cochrane, as adapted from the Strategy to 2020:

1

Collaboration

by fostering global co-operation, teamwork, and open and transparent communication and decision-­making.

2

Building on the enthusiasm of individuals

by involving, supporting and training people of different skills and backgrounds.

3

Avoiding duplication of effort

by good management, co-ordination and effective internal communications to maximize economy of effort.

4

Minimizing bias

through a variety of approaches such as scientific rigour, ensuring broad participation, and avoiding conflicts of interest.

5

Keeping up-to-date

by a commitment to ensure that Cochrane Systematic Reviews are maintained through identification and incorporation of new evidence.

6

Striving for relevance

by promoting the assessment of health questions using outcomes that matter to people making choices in health and health care.

7

Promoting access

by wide dissemination of our outputs, taking advantage of strategic alliances, and by promoting appropriate access models and delivery solutions to meet the needs of users worldwide.

8

Ensuring quality

by applying advances in methodology, developing systems for quality improvement, and being open and responsive to criticism.

9

Continuity

by ensuring that responsibility for reviews, editorial processes, and key functions is maintained and renewed.

10

Enabling wide participation

in our work by reducing barriers to contributing and by encouraging diversity.