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Partnering with a global platform to inform research and public policy making

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Title
Partnering with a global platform to inform research and public policy making
Author
Frauke Kreuter, Neta Barkay, Alyssa Bilinski, Adrianne Bradford, Samantha Chiu, Roee Eliat, Junchuan Fan, T. Galili, D. Haimovich, B. Kim and S. LaRoc
Publication Type
Journal paper
Outlet
Survey Research Method
Year
2020
Abstract
This paper describes a partnership between Facebook and academic institutions to create a global COVID-19 symptom survey. The survey is available in 56 languages. A representative sample of Facebook users is invited on a daily basis to report on symptoms, social distancing behavior, mental health issues, and financial constraints. Facebook provides weights to reduce nonresponse and coverage bias. Privacy protection and disclosureavoidance mechanisms are implemented by both partners to meet global policy and industry requirements. Country and region-level statistics are published daily via dashboards, and microdata are available for researchers via data use agreements. Over 1 million responses are collected weekly.