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Public Health Information Resources: Research during physical distancing

Useful documents about research logistics

Lupton, D. (editor) (2020) Doing fieldwork in a pandemic (crowd-sourced document). Available at:

Sevelius, J. M., Gutierrez-Mock, L., Zamudio-Haas, S., McCree, B., Ngo, A., Jackson, A., ... & Stein, E. (2020). Research with Marginalized Communities: Challenges to Continuity During the COVID-19 Pandemic. AIDS and Behavior, 1.

Block, E. S., & Erskine, L. (2012). Interviewing by telephone: Specific considerations, opportunities, and challenges. International journal of qualitative methods, 11(4), 428-445.

Marhefka, S., Lockhart, E. & Turner, D. (2020). Achieve Research Continuity During Social Distancing by Rapidly Implementing Individual and Group Videoconferencing with Participants: Key Considerations, Best Practices, and Protocols. AIDS and Behavior.

Useful COVID-19 instrument banks

The NIH Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research compiled a list of data collection instruments for COVID-19-related social science domains:

The grey lit database Disaster Lit includes research tools; you can search for COVID-19 and limit your results to research tools here

The PhenX Toolkit includes consensus measures for phenotypes and exposures. Normally there is a robust process for selecting measures for inclusion; their COVID-19 protocols page includes protocols that are in use (not just protocols that are validated):

Societal Experts Action Network COVID-19 Survey Archive:

Tracking COVID-19 research in progress