A call to policy-makers working on COVID-19 national response: how can we improve the use of models?

May. 20, 2020

As the COVID-19 pandemic is evolving, a growing number of countries are making use of information derived from mathematical models in policy and public communication. In a review conducted as of March 2020, 31 COVID-19 models were identified, with different objectives, methods and data/results reported in the public domain. The type of models employed by the countries vary but we witness primarily models to estimate the spread of the disease and expected fatalities, as well as planning tools for capacity and infrastructure preparation including test capacity, intensive care units, hospital beds, ventilators.

If you are a policy-maker working on the COVID-19 response in your country, we would love to hear about your experience and intention to work with those models, as well as your assessment of the perceived gaps. In addition, we would like to learn from you how models can be best communicated, including what they should report.

Communicating effectively and presenting results clearly is important in order to ensure that results are understood by end-users and appropriately incorporated into policy-making.

The intention of attached survey is to gather your perspective on (1) model outcomes and scenarios and their relevance to your work, (2) presentation of the results, and (3) trust/accountability of results and modellers. This survey is organised around those three sections.

The survey may take 15-20 minutes to complete.

Click here to access the survey or alternatively, use the link below


Should you have any questions, please address queries to ychi@cgdev.org