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Table 3 Summary of possible indicators of success and approaches to measuring success (table from Wilson et al. 2014) [12]

From: Developing a rapid-response program for health system decision-makers in Canada: findings from an issue brief and stakeholder dialogue

Where to measure success Possible approaches to measuring whether we have been successful
Program organization Brief survey asking the requestor to evaluate key features of the rapid-response program (administered after receipt of rapid synthesis)
Short qualitative interviews with requestors (conducted approximately 6 months following receipt of rapid synthesis)
Final product (i.e. did the rapid synthesis meet the requestor’s needs?) Brief survey asking the requestor to evaluate key features of the rapid synthesis
Short qualitative interviews with requestors asking questions about what was most and least helpful about the synthesis (6 months following receipt of rapid synthesis)
Influence on behavioural intention to find and use research evidence Assessment of behavioural intention (and the attitudes, social norms and perceived behavioural control that influence whether such intention translates into action) after receiving the rapid synthesis and 6 months later (assessed in survey administered after receipt of rapid synthesis and again during the short qualitative interviews 6 months later)
Whether and how the synthesis was used (i.e. did it support evidence-informed decision-making?) Short qualitative interviews with requestors about how they used the rapid synthesis (conducted 6 months following receipt of rapid synthesis)