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This is pretty exciting (I know… in a very nerdy kind of way…). So: Value of Information is one of the things I’m mostly interested in. Over and above the pleasant time on a personal level, the work we’ve developed with Anna and Ioanna has been very cool, I think — we’ve certainly had lots of fun.

Anyway, during Anna’s PhD period, we’ve started to have several discussions and kind-of informal collaborations with a few of the people working on VoI in the UK — the usual suspects from the Statistical point of view (unsurprisingly, Mark, Nicky and Chris). I say “unsurprisingly”, given the very good relationships we’d already had (cue the summer school, which we’ve all been involved in, at some point of another).

But the most interesting part is that almost immediately, we’ve figured out that there is a relatively large group of people working on similar topics, all over the globe (I know… I sound surprised…). So, after we basically got acquainted at a couple of conferences, we started discussing the idea of getting together a bit more formally.

So, we’ve started having regular calls — mainly to see whether there was scope for having a more comprehensive discussion and, perhaps, broader ways of collaborating. These calls, (led mostly by Natalia and Anna) have gone well and in fact we’ve grown almost immediately to a rather large group of people.

Until we’ve decided to launch the COllaborative Network for Value Of Information (Convoi) — I had floated around a couple of acronyms, including the winner. To be honest, I may have had a slight preference for International Network on Value Of Information in Cost Effectiveness, which would have spelled a nice “Invoice”…

So far, we have 14 confirmed “full members” — not that this gives us lots of benefits of VIP cards (for now!). And Natalia has created an amazing website. And, on a much less mundane note, we’ve already managed to write a paper, in which we’ve performed an extensive comparison of the methods we’ve (more or less independently) developed to compute the EVSI. Watch this space — I’m pretty sure there’s lots more to come!

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