Table 2

Comparison of processes, findings and lessons learnt

DomainWest Africa hubFrancophone hubSouthern-Eastern hub
FocusCommunicable and non-communicable diseasesInfectious diseases and diseases of povertySpecific disease field—chronic kidney disease
ProcessModified DelphiMultimodal approachMultilevel stakeholder discussions
Stakeholders involvedCochrane (internal) and non-Cochrane (external) including patients and consumer groupsMainly non-Cochrane, key policy makers, clinicians, researchersProfessional group (Renal Association), specialists in the region and the Cochrane Kidney and Transplant Group
Stakeholder Engagement methodsModified Delphi involving virtual contacts and face-face group discussionsElectronic, one-on-one contact and group discussionsIn-person and virtual group discussions
FeasibilityFewer or non-existent Cochrane stakeholders in many countries of the regionLanguage barrier—engagements in two languages,Single country involvement in some steps of the process and wider consultations subsequently
Value-addedInvolvement of patients and consumers. Workshop in systematic reviewsIn-person contact of policy makers. Workshop in systematic reviewsInvolvement of Cochrane Review Group and workshop in evidence-based healthcare and systematic reviews
CostMore expensive holding stakeholder discussions across countries—so limited to two only (Nigeria and Liberia)Cost savings as only stakeholders in Cameroon involvedCost savings likely as stakeholder discussions for prioritisation of topics held virtually
OutcomePriority review topics and registrationTranslation and dissemination of Evidence AssessmentsTitle registration of a priority question with the Cochrane Kidney and Transplant Group
WeaknessFewer or non-existent Cochrane stakeholders in many countries of the regionLanguage barrier—engagements in two languages, limitedSingle country involvement in some steps of the process and wider consultations subsequently