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Methodological research

NICE is at the forefront of methodological development in Health Technology Assessment.

We regularly review the methods and processes we use to develop our guidance. We have developed internal mechanisms such as the Internal Methods Advisory Group (IMAG) to identify our methodological needs and liaise with the research community to get these priorities funded.

Internal Methods Advisory Group

In response to the recommendations from the scoping study of NICE's methodological research priorities, an Internal Methods Advisory Group (IMAG) was set up in 2010 to allow for a more co-ordinated internal approach to identifying methodological research priorities. More details can be found on the IMAG page.

Working with the research community

Liaison with the Medical Research Council (MRC)

Our activities include liaison with the Medical Research Council's Methodology Research Programme (MRP) which is a MRC-NIHR partnership that takes into account the needs of policy stakeholders (including NICE) and oversees the evolving strategy for high quality methodological research. The MRP considers NICE's methodological needs on an ongoing basis.

Furthermore, it commissioned a scoping project the same year, led by University of York, to describe current processes, provide recommendations for identifying NICE's methodological research priorities and to establish an initial set of such priorities. Following the scoping project a number of methodological research priorities were identified and subsequently in 2009, following a researcher-led call, the MRC provided £2,303,650 to fund nine research projects.

A number of methodological research needs remain outstanding and we are keen to work with the research community to ensure they are addressed.

Working with us on methodological research

A number of methodological research needs remain outstanding and we are keen to work with the research community to ensure they are addressed.

This page was last updated: 13 November 2012

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