Tools and Criteria for Research Prioritisation

To ensure that trials conducted by networks identify research questions with the greatest possible impact on health outcomes.

  • Development and dissemination of best practice guidelines for prioritisation of clinical trials conducted by CTNs

Recent group activities

  • An overview of medical research prioritisation for Clinical Trial Networks
  • A consultation survey of approaches and attitudes to prioritisation of clinical trials among Australian Clinical Trial Networks and Coordinating Centres
  • Developed Prioritisation Framework to enable CTNs to think through their objectives and options, and to consider adding appropriate good practice strategies to their priority setting and selection processes.

Current group activities

  • Consultation with research funders to evaluate the Prioritisation Framework from their perspective and to further develop the Framework
  • A pragmatic literature review mapping current practice in research prioritisation internationally
  • Interviews with key informants to identify barriers and facilitators to implementing prioritisation processes
  • Piloting Research Prioritisation Framework with volunteer CTNs.

Future group activities

The group will run dissemination activities including webinars and presentations.

They will also identify and develop one or more practical tools to enable CTNs to implement specific prioritisation methods (e.g. value of information).

Group Leadership

  • Prof Rachael Morton
  • Prof John Simes
  • A/Prof Haitham Tuffaha


  • Dr David Abbott
  • Prof Paul Glasziou
  • Prof Carmel Hawley
  • Ms Lisa Higgins
  • Ms Sue Huckson
  • Prof Tony Keech
  • Ms Terrie O’Brien
  • A/Prof Philip Peyton
  • Dr Nina Scott
  • Prof Paul Scuffham
  • Ms Amy Sillett
  • A/Prof Will Taylor

Board Sponsors

  • Prof Rachael Morton
  • Mr Kieran Schneemann

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