COVID-19 PHSMs Data Coverage Conference

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16 Feb 2021

COVID-19 PHSMs Data Coverage Conference

  • By Amélie Desvars-Larrive

We are pleased to announce the COVID-19 PHSMs Data Coverage Conference. This event provides the opportunity for COVID-19 policy trackers to network, exchange and share key experiences and takeaways, explore collaboration possibilities and reflect on lessons learned with data collection to respond to future pandemics. The conference will be split into two parts. The first workshop took place on February 10-11, 2021. The second workshop will be conducted on March 3, 2021.


In the last year, researchers as well as stakeholders from the public and private sector around the world collected an enormous volume of data on public health and social measures (PHSMs) made in response to COVID-19. PHSMs trackers provide an open access to the collected data. However, these policy tracking projects face major challenges in their efforts to collect such data and in ensuring the quality of the data already collected. 

Co-hosting organisations

  • CoronaNet Research Project --Hochschule für Politik (Technical University of Munich);
  • ACAPS Covid 19 Government Measures Dataset (ACAPS);
  • The CSH COVID-19 Control Strategies List (CCCSL) --Complexity Science Hub and University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna, Austria--, which has secured EOSC Co-creation funding to work towards completing and sharing accurate data on PHSMs and economic measures (EMs) implemented in response to COVID-19;
  • Health Intervention Tracking for COVID-19 (HIT-COVID) --Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health;  
  • Oxford Coronavirus Government Response Tracker (OxCGRT) --Blavatnik School of Government;
  • Oxford Supertracker (OxST) --Department of Social Policy and Intervention at the University of Oxford.


With an eye towards providing a public good of a complete and accurate dataset on government responses to COVID-19, the conference will bring together relevant stakeholders to discuss current challenges in data collection, data quality and data coverage, explore potential ways to cooperate, and share funding opportunities among different trackers. Conference participants will also discuss guidelines for navigating the taxonomy for PHSMs, including EMs, and explore the extent to which greater collaboration or coordination is possible in this regard. In bringing together policy trackers with international organisations and institutions, the conference also aspires to help build proper institutional structures and communication flows between these groups to support efficient and high-quality data collection.

Who can attend

  • Researchers
  • Policymakers
  • COVID-19 research community 
  • Big data, cloud and solutions providers



Problem Identification Workshop

  • February 10, 2021: Open to the Public
  • February 11, 2021: Registered Participants only

Tracking PHSMs Data: Lessons Learned from the COVID19 Pandemic

  • March 3, 2021: Open to Public

See the full program of the conference here.

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