Doing COVID-19 research? These data tools can help!


Lis Nielsen, Division Director, Division of Behavioral and Social Research (DBSR), and Kenneth Santora, Director, Division of Extramural Activities (DEA) provide critical guidence on coordinating data efforts.

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, the global research community is urgently working to address the virus’ impact on public health, the economy, and our society. Coordinating efforts across all aspects of science are vital to the success of our fight against this infectious disease. One clear example is the mountain of data that must be streamlined, harmonized, and organized to be shared most effectively.

To this end, NIA staff are collaborating on this important effort. Since the pandemic began, NIH-supported researchers have developed and fielded new surveys to assess a multitude of COVID-19 data points. NIA’s Division of Behavioral and Social Research staff began working in late March with NIH Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research and other NIH colleagues to coordinate and catalogue the large number of pandemic-specific questionnaires, modules, and scales about COVID-19 experiences and impacts, and to discourage the development of one-off survey instruments.

Read the Blog below for details.

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