Information Retrieval

The HTAi Information Retrieval Group (IRG) is an Interest Group for individuals who provide the information resources, conduct research and develop information management issues that support HTA decision making.

Members of the IRG are staff members of HTA organizations, government departments and agencies, for profit and not for profit firms, consultants and experts, and all those who use, provide, or otherwise support HTA information needs.

The IRG was established in 1997 as a Special Interest Group of International Society for Technology Assessment in Health Care (ISTAHC), and has continued as an Interest Group of HTAi since the launch of HTAi in 2003. The IRG has around 150 members working in a wide variety of capacities to support informed decision HTA decision making.

Aims & Objectives

  • Collaborating on and promoting information retrieval methods and technologies appropriate to HTA
  • Developing and maintaining SuRe Info, a web resource providing research-based information relating to information retrieval aspects
  • Exchanging information and sharing expertise for advancing processes, methodology and tools
  • Showcasing relevant research and publications, and alerting members to events and resources of interest


  • Recruiting contributors for developing and maintaining the SuRe Info web resource that provides research-based information relating to information retrieval aspects available to anyone
  • Leading full-day workshops, panel sessions and educational courses at HTAi’s Annual Meetings
  • Exchanging information and sharing expertise for advancing processes, methodology and tools

The HTAi Information Retrieval Interest Group enjoyed a very successful HTAi Annual Meeting in Cologne (June 2019) with a well-attended workshop and a variety of oral presentations, vignettes and posters. IRG members, Inga Overesch and Julie Glanville won awards for best vignette and best poster, respectively. Interest Group Chair Siw Waffenschmidt also represented the group as one of the speakers at the plenary session “Smart Capability Building”. Furthermore, the Egon Jonsson Award for outstanding paper in the society’s official journal was awarded to Mick Arber and co-authors for their paper “Which databases should be used to identify studies for systematic reviews of economic evaluations?”

Executive Team

Chair: Ingrid Harboe (Norway), 2021-2023, Former Chair (2015-2017, ([email protected])

Co Chair: Amanda Hodgson (Canada), 2021-2023, ([email protected])

Technical Officer: Gabriela Vilela de Brito (Brazil) ([email protected])

Steering Committee:

Catherine Voutier, Australia

David Kaunelis, Canada

Diane Lorenzetti, Canada

Lisa Tjosvold, Canada

Siw Waffenschmidt, Germany

Terms of Reference

Join this IG

Involvement in the IGs is open to all HTAi members with current membership, which allows you to join the IG mailing lists to receive notifications about IG activities and opportunities to get more involved in specific working groups and projects.

To join, or if you have further questions, please contact [email protected]

Questions about the work of this group or its membership should be sent to the Chair, Ingrid Harboe or Chair-Elect, Amanda Hodgson.


As a member of HTAi, you're become part of an international society of experts and leaders in the HTA field. You can gain access to our Annual Meeting, Policy Forums and Interest Groups, where you can participate in the critical conversations that help inform policy on the use of effective technologies in health assessment.