Benefits of membership
The EuroScan International Network provides many benefits for members including:
A supportive network
Members benefit from having a group of supportive collaborators with whom to discuss the direction and methods used within their communities. The exchange between academia as well as adminsitrative area is supported to the benifit of doers and users of the knowledge.
Improved credibility and added legitimacy to DEA systems and activities
EuroScan International Network membership is seen as an important benefit by some member’s funders. This is both in terms of knowing what is crossing the desks of other decision makers, but also in knowing that there is a ready collaboration with which to develop new methods. The development and dissemination of a common terminology, classification and understanding of DEA activities have strengthened the perception of DEA activities globally.
Shared information on methods, systems and experiences of members, and on the needs of policy-/decision-makers
The sharing of information, methods and experiences contributes to the evolution of member agency DEA systems, whilst the exchange of information on specific health technologies and any issues related to their evaluation and adoption can support the development of local evaluationand investment plans.
Guidance and support when developing or reviewing a system
The EuroScan International Network methods toolkit is an accessible and concise way of learning about the methods that can be used by DEA systems, without having to approach each agency individually. Members have used the EuroScan toolkit to guide the development of their DEA systems and work programmes, and to develop local methods toolkits for their DEA system. The extensions of the toolkit to other life-cycle aspects of technologies is under development.
Sharing information on key emerging technologies
Members use the database of emerging technologies to find topics of interest identified by other agencies, to corroborate the potential importance of an emerging technology, and to support the early evaluation of technologies.
Improved efficiency with links globally
The EuroScan International Network enables members to have direct and trusted links with other agencies in the DEA field. The Network also provides an interface for members to interact with the international community, such as INAHTA, HTAi, and WHO.
Access to a willing research network
Some members have a requirement to undertake research into methods and impact of DEA activities, and other related subjects. Examples of studies where members have contributed to research include:
- the international diffusion study of 6 technologies in 10 countries,
- the examination of sources for the identification of innovation in public health,
- the evaluation of criteria to assess the value of identification sources for horizon scanning, and
- the development of an evaluation framework for effective EAA systems.