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The COVID-19 pandemic has devastated the globe with its exponentially growing numbers of affected persons, crashing economies, and dwindling medical supplies. A great majority of the world is suffering the effects.
COVID-19 has also brought drastic changes in how organizations operate due to travel restrictions, quarantine, and social distancing orders from governments who are desperate to slow the spread of the virus and lessen its impact.
Data is a necessary and critical part of COVID-19 prevention and response efforts. We need data in order to understand where the virus might appear next, who is most at risk, and where resources should be directed for prevention and response.
As the world moves into “work from home” and quarantine lock-downs, there is reduced access which makes it difficult for evaluators to do their jobs. Remote operations are an alternative to face-to-face settings. For example, researchers can use phone calls instead of in-person interviews.
Administrative data is data that is collected as part of regular activities that occur during program implementation by governments, development agencies or service providers. It has not been tapped sufficiently for learning and research purposes in humanitarian emergencies.