status: Recognised & Endorsed

Chair (s): Ingrid Dillo, Iryna Kuchma, Amy Pienta

Group Email: [group_email]

Secretariat Liaison:

This is the subgroup of the RDA-COVID-19 working group focusing on Social Sciences.


Scope (economics, sociology, political science, education, demography, geography, and psychology), data topics: 

  • Social Isolation and Social Distancing
  • Family and Intergenerational Relationships
  • Quality of Life and Well Being
  • Health Behaviors and Behavior Change
  • Health Disparities
  • Impact on Vulnerable Populations (including immigrants, minority groups)
  • Community Impact and Neighbourhood Effects
  • Transportation; Food Security
  • Beliefs, Attitudes, Misinformation, Public Opinion
  • Technology-Mediated Communication (public information campaigns; social media use)
  • Economic Impacts (including industry, work, unemployment)
  • Organizational Change
  • Social Inequalities and Discrimination
  • Education Impacts (including online learning)
  • Political Dynamics, Policy Approaches, and Government Expenditure
  • Criminal Justice (including domestic violence, prison populations, cybercrime)
  • Human Mobility and Migration (including dislocation)

The Outputs

The RDA-COVID-19 WG, from April 1st through June 30th, 2020, created more than five releases of the recommendations and guidelines, leading to the final endorsed version, "RDA COVID-19 Recommendations and Guidelines for Data Sharing," with ongoing efforts to add and review materials.

Citation:  RDA COVID-19 Working Group. Recommendations and Guidelines on data sharing. Research Data Alliance, 2020. DOI:


Joint Statements

Work Plan:

  • Weekly meetings with sub-group: on Thursdays at 11am UTC at, agenda & minutes from the previous meetings

  • Recorded first meetings

  • First writing sprint 4/13 

    • Co-writing & Discussion (Data Collections; Metadata, Standards & Data Quality)

  • Additional writing sprints

    • 4/15 Legal & Ethical; Data Sharing and LT Preservation; Data management responsibilities and resources

    • 4/17 11am UTC (Data Collections; Metadata, Standards & Data Quality; Storage)
    • 4/20 10am - 12am UTC (Legal & Ethical; Data Sharing and Preservation; Data management responsibilities and resources)

File Repository


Best Practices for measuring the social, behavioral, and economic impact of epidemics

by James McNally

This report reviews best practices for using data resources from ICPSR, its projects, and its collaborating partners for measuring the impact of epidemics.

PDF icon Best Practices Measuring Impact of Epidemics Version April 3, 2020.pdf601.15 KB