[ Facebook Data for Good - COVID-19 Symptom Survey | Data Access ]


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Date and time 01.07.2020  
Category Call for proposal
Aim: The COVID-19 symptom surveys are designed to help researchers better monitor and forecast the spread of COVID-19. In partnership with University of Maryland and Carnegie Mellon University, Facebook users are invited to take surveys conducted by these two partner universities to self-report COVID-19-related symptoms. The surveys may be used to generate new insights on how to respond to the crisis, including heat maps of self-reported symptoms. This information may help health systems plan where resources are needed and potentially when, where, and how to reopen parts of society. 

University of Maryland’s Joint Program in Survey Methodology is the survey host for the non-US Survey and Carnegie Mellon University’s Delphi Research Group is the survey host for the US survey. Both universities collaborated with the broader public health community in the design of the surveys. Facebook does not host the surveys nor collect survey participant responses, and only has access to public, aggregated survey data provided by the universities. To ensure that the survey is representative of  the characteristics of the population, Facebook calculates and shares a survey weight to help researchers correct for sampling bias. 

Academic and nonprofit researchers may request access to non-public, non-aggregated survey data for their research. This includes daily files with the survey variables and weights. Once a request is approved by Facebook and UMD or CMU (“Partner Universities”), the researcher’s institution must have signed Data Use Agreements (DUAs) in place before data access will be provided.

Eligibility:  Institutions will need to sign different DUAs for access to non-aggregate survey data from UMD and CMU, as well as weights from Facebook. Survey data and weights will be shared with researchers by CMU and UMD. Researchers may access non-public, non-aggregated survey data only if the appropriate DUAs have been executed by the institutions with which they are affiliated. Only academic and non-profit researchers may request access to non-public, non-aggregated survey data.

How to Apply: Requests should include a Project summary (1-page description of the project and analysis plan), as well as Administrative information (Name, email and title of the official authorized to sign contracts on behalf of your institution). The application page can be found here.

Further information
  • More details on the program can be found here.
  • For any other questions, contact the Research Office.

Practical information

  • General public
  • Free



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