This CLOSER online meeting focused on data collection in longitudinal population studies during and after the COVID-19 pandemic. A meeting report is available to download below.
The COVID-19 pandemic has changed how longitudinal population studies are able to collect data and samples from their participants. Studies have reacted rapidly to ensure valuable data are collected throughout the pandemic but are now facing a new challenge – how can the continued collection of data, measurements and biological samples be made possible going forwards?
The purpose of this meeting was to bring representatives of longitudinal population studies and survey agencies together to share information and identify solutions to tackle key challenges, including:
- What are the best approaches to remote data collection? What measurements, test and biological samples it is possible to collect by these approaches?
- When, and how, can safe face-to-face data collection be resumed? How can we engage with participants to ensure they feel safe?
The meeting was split into three main sessions involving a series of short talks from both studies and fieldwork agencies, small group discussions, and a final feedback session.
The future of data collection in a rapidly changing world
By Prof Rebecca Hardy, CLOSER Director
Rebecca Hardy reflects on the challenges and opportunities of collecting data as a result of COVID-19, and shares her insights on what the future holds for longitudinal research.
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