Partnering with a global platform to inform research and public policy making

What needs to be in place to make a global COVID-19 survey work?

  • Frauke Kreuter University of Mannheim
  • Neta Barkay Facebook
  • Alyssa Bilinski Harvard University
  • Adrianne Bradford University of Maryland
  • Samantha Chiu University of Maryland
  • Roee Eliat Facebook
  • Junchuan Fan University of Maryland
  • Tal Galili Facebook
  • Daniel Haimovich Facebook
  • Brian Kim University of Maryland
  • Sarah LaRocca Facebook
  • Yao Li
  • Katherine Morris Facebook
  • Stanley Presser University of Maryland
  • Tal Sarig
  • Joshua A. Salomon University of Maryland
  • Kathleen Stewart
  • Elizabeth A. Stuart Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
  • Ryan Tibshirani Carnegie Mellon University
Keywords: COVID-19, Facebook, COVID-19 symptom survey, partnership, probability sample


This paper describes a partnership between Facebook and academic institutions to create a global COVID-19 symptom survey. The survey is available in 56 languages. A representative sample of Facebook users is invited on a daily basis to report on symptoms, social distancing behavior, mental health issues, and financial constraints. Facebook provides weights to reduce nonresponse and coverage bias. Privacy protection and disclosureavoidance mechanisms are implemented by both partners to meet global policy and industry requirements. Country and region-level statistics are published daily via dashboards, and microdata are available for researchers via data use agreements. Over 1 million responses are collected weekly.
How to Cite
Kreuter, F., Barkay, N., Bilinski, A., Bradford, A., Chiu, S., Eliat, R., Fan, J., Galili, T., Haimovich, D., Kim, B., LaRocca, S., Li, Y., Morris, K., Presser, S., Sarig, T., Salomon, J. A., Stewart, K., Stuart, E. A., & Tibshirani, R. (2020). Partnering with a global platform to inform research and public policy making. Survey Research Methods, 14(2), 159-163.