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Plenary: Online Data Collection During Times of Corona - A Data Quality Perspective
Friday, 11/Sep/2020:
2:10 - 3:20

Session Chair: Bernad Batinic, JKU Linz, Austria
Additional speakers: tba.

Session Abstract

Covid-19 has posed many challenges for data collection, such as the necessity to suspend all in-person data collection. Moreover, as a subject of investigation itself, it calls for innovative and timely collection of high quality data that can be collected online. In this session, studies about Covid-19, their implementation, and their inferential value will be discussed by our invited guest speakers. We invite everyone to join the plenary session with spotlight presentations from our panelists and the extensive discussion.

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Support for COVID-19 research through Global Surveys

Frauke Kreuter1,2, Katherine Morris3

1University of Maryland; 2University of Mannheim; 3Facebook

In this talk, Frauke Kreuter and Katherine Morris will discuss the worldwide COVID-19 Symptom Tracker Survey that Facebook has launched in the spring of 2020. The presentation will cover methodological aspects of conducting world-wide rapid surveys, challenges in adapting instruments to different cultural and language contexts, and opportunities to combine the data collected in the COVID-19 Symptom Tracker Survey with other COVID-19 data resources. This presentation will focus on the topics such as: (a) why this kind of survey might provide better data quality than the existing snowball samples, (b) what it takes to field a global survey, (c) how to organize data transmission, and (d) envisioned use of the Survey results.

The YouGov COVID-19 Monitor

Lydia Pauly

YouGov, United Kingdom

The YouGov COVID-19 Monitor is one of the first globally syndicated, dedicated data trackers for the pandemic, launching in February 2020. The tracker itself covers 26 countries across MENA, APAC, Europe, and the American countries. The aims of the Monitor are threefold: to provide freely accessible data to academics and health organisations; to inform the public through visualisation tools; and lastly, providing consumer behaviour and economic recovery data to clients via our own reporting tool, Crunch.

The following presentation will cover the methodology of the YouGov COVID-19 Monitor, looking at the advantages that online research provides, and considerations for the field that this project has highlighted. In particular, the presentation will focus on the issue of data quality by demonstrating three key needs: the need for a maintained, international array of panels; the need for a regular, fast-paced fieldwork cadence via online survey methods; and the need for a centralised team with connections to local researchers in each region. The presentation will also briefly discuss the relationship between data quality and the narratives that can be drawn from international data.

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