Hi everyone - thank you all for your efforts in helping.
I am one of the team involved in an open science research collaboration creating an international and continuously-updated dataset to help government and public health officials make better decisions to tackle Covid-19. The current working title is Survey of Covid-19 Responses to Understand Behaviour (SCRUB). Here is some recent media coverage that the project has received.
The project involves conducting and reporting on a “living survey” – with both repeated cross-sectional and longitudinal sampling – to track behaviour and its determinants over time. The survey is modelled on the COSMO project, a WHO/Europe initiative, but also includes additional behavioural components. Each time the survey is updated with new data, we will generate an updated report about the prevalence of protective behaviours, their most important drivers or barriers, a break-down by key demographics, and trends over time. We will also test the effectiveness of different interventions to encourage relevant behaviours.
We are collaborating with similar global surveys to share data and resources, minimise redundant data collection and encourage and aid ongoing, rather than retrospective, reporting. We are sharing all data and materials and happy to partner with groups and institutions doing similar work.
We recently finished collecting the first wave of data: Here is a list of preliminary reports based on Australian data (some may need to be opened in your browser). You can also see our initial dashboard here These are only a few of the analyses/outputs that are possible - we have not fully analysed all of the data as we haven’t had time.
We are collecting a second wave of Australian data today. We also have teams collecting (e.g., Brazil) or preparing (e.g., Saudi Arabia) to collect data in several countries.
I am posting here to seek help with our data management and reporting, which is all done in R. If anyone would like to be involved, then please join here. You will be added to our database and get our updates - including mentioned of where we need help with new analyses.
We are meeting with the WHO Asia pacific team and have country teams active in places like India and Peru. It is quite possible that we will soon have an an impact in these and other countries. Of course, it is also possible that we will end up having a smaller (i.e., mainly Australian), or less immediate impact. Either way, it would be great to be connected so that we can work together as opportunities emerge and you can always choose to focus your time on a better project if one appears. Please email peter.slattery[at]monash.edu if you have questions.