The Joanna Briggs Collaboration (JBC) is the engine that drives JBI's worldwide effort to promote and support the use of the best available evidence to inform decisions made at the point of care. The functions of the JBC are directed towards the knowledge needs of local clinicians and consumers, with each Collaborating Entity leading evidence-based initiatives in their region, country, state or specialty.
The JBC has existed since the Institute’s inception in 1996 and has grown from a small group of seven Centres to more than 70 Collaborating Entities across 39 Countries. The JBC consists of JBI Centres of Excellence and Affiliated Groups that are driven by a united desire to contribute to improvements in the quality and outcomes of healthcare globally through the delivery of high quality programs of evidence synthesis, transfer and implementation.
The JBC is the largest global collaboration to integrate evidence-based healthcare within a theory informed model that brings together academic entities with hospitals and health systems.
I envisaged an Institute with Collaborating Centres around the world. It was an opportunity to make an impact on global health outcomes in a meaningful way. International Collaboration would ensure that the process would be context-driven by individuals and groups who understood their very specific healthcare environments and the forces that would work both for and against them.
Reference: Jordan Z, Donnelly P, Pittman E. A short history of a big idea. Melbourne, The Joanna Briggs Institute, 2006.