The CEE encourages the formulation of ‘Methods Groups’ by people with a common interest in any aspect of methodology relating to the use of evidence-based practice (EBP) in conservation and environmental management.

Methods Groups form to discuss and develop aspects of EBP from question-setting and stakeholder consultation through data synthesis to communicating review outcomes to end users. By fostering the development of such groups it is hoped that both CEE and the individuals involved will gain from the engagement and interaction among those with a common interest in setting new standards in EBP.

All groups must have clear objectives, subject scope and annual work programmes that relate to the overall objectives of CEE. Groups will be required to report annually on progress and are expected to raise their own funding to support group activities. Groups can first register their interest by proposing establishment of web pages on the CEE website. Such groups will be called ad hoc methods groups. More formal recognition and adoption as a CEE methods group will require approval from the CEE Board following a trial period of at least one year.

Information on current CEE Methods Groups:

The CEE Statistical Methods Group

The CEE Systematic Mapping Methods Group

The CEE Rapid Evidence Review Methods Group

The CEE Stakeholder Engagement Methods Group

The CEE Qualitative Evidence Synthesis Group