The Northeast Institute for Evidence Synthesis and Translation (NEST) was established in 2004 as a center of excellence with the International Joanna Briggs Institute.
- Identify areas where health professionals most urgently require summarized evidence on which to base their practice.
- Conduct and facilitate systematic reviews of international research.
- Identify the need for and promote the conduct of multi-site research studies in areas where good evidence is not available.
- Prepare easy to read summaries of best practice in the form of Best Practice Information Sheets based on the results of systematic reviews.
- Design and conduct targeted dissemination activities in areas where good evidence is available.
- Promote broad dissemination strategies to ensure that findings are made available to the profession and to all levels of health care systems, governments, and service provider units.
- Promote broad dissemination strategies to ensure findings are made available to health care consumers.
- Evaluate the effects of selected Best Practice Information Sheets on practice variability, health outcomes and cost.
- Design, promote and deliver short courses in evidence-based practice for clinicians, researchers, managers, lecturers, teachers and students.
- Offer direct fee-for-service consultancies to health service providers to develop customized evidence-based practice training and evidence-based policy and procedure manuals.
Joanna Briggs Institute
The Joanna Briggs Institute (JBI) was established in 1995 and became fully operational in late 1996. An initiative of Royal Adelaide Hospital and the University of Adelaide, the formation of the Institute arose from the recognition of a need for a collaborative approach to the evaluation of evidence derived from a diverse range of sources, including experience, expertise, and all forms of rigorous research and the translation, transfer, and utilization of the “best available” evidence into health care practice. With the support of leading hospitals and universities, the JBI Collaboration has grown steadily to include state collaborating centers within Australia, as well as Hong Kong, New Zealand, the United States, Scotland, China, South Africa, Spain, Canada, Thailand, and England.