Data-Driven Responses to COVID-19: Lessons Learned: OMDDAC Research Compendium

Allsopp, Rachel, Bessant, Claire, Dawda, Sneha, Ditcham, Keith, Emmett, Charlotte, Higgs, Matthew, Janjeva, Ardi, Li, Guangquan, Sutton, Selina, Warner, Mark and Oswald, Marion (2021) Data-Driven Responses to COVID-19: Lessons Learned: OMDDAC Research Compendium. Other. OMDDAC, London.

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Funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council under the UKRI COVID-19 Rapid Response call, the Observatory for Monitoring Data-Driven Approaches to COVID-19 (OMDDAC) is a collaboration between Northumbria University and the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI). This project has involved a multidisciplinary team of researchers (with expertise in the law on technology, data protection, and medicine as well as practical ethics, computer science, data science, applied statistics in health, technology and security studies and behavioural science) to investigate the legal, ethical, policy and operationalchallenges encountered in relation to key data-driven responses to the pandemic.The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the consideration of several priorities in the data and technology space, which are reflected in the UK Government’s present strategies. The National Data Strategy, in particular, pledges to take account of the lessons learned from the COVID-19 response and draw uponthe UK’s values of transparency, accountability and inclusion. Seeking to inform the lessons learned from the pandemic, the project used a mixed-methods research design that included case study analysis, interviews with key stakeholders (individuals with relevant expertise and/or experience in relation to the data-driven pandemic response), representative public surveys, and engagement with young people through a children’s rights charity. OMDDAC has published four snapshot reports focused on data-driven public policy, tech-driven approaches to public health, policing and public safety and key findings from the public perceptions survey. The emerging issues identified in those reports align closely with the four pillars of the National Data Strategy, which form the framework for this final project report:1. Data Foundations (data quality issues and infrastructure);2. Data Skills (data literacy of decision-makers);3. Data Availability (data sharing); and4. Responsibility (law, ethics, transparency, and public trust).

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Additional Information: Finally, the authors would like to extend thanks for the support of our project partners Lord Jonathan Evans (Baron Evans of Weardale), the Ada Lovelace Institute, the Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation and medConfidential, and to the Arts and Humanities Research Council for funding the OMDDAC project (grant reference number: AH/V012789/1).
Subjects: B900 Others in Subjects allied to Medicine
Department: Faculties > Business and Law > Northumbria Law School
Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Computer and Information Sciences
Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Mathematics, Physics and Electrical Engineering
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Date Deposited: 13 Oct 2021 11:30
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