State, local level, and organizations’ programs that have evaluated adherence and compliance around COVID regulations include The Kansas Department of Health and Environment, CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy, and Montgomery County. Details on how these institutions/authorities are evaluating COVID-19 adherence have been presented below.
The Kansas Department of Health and Environment
- The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has established a program to evaluate and monitor state-wide compliance with safeguards put in place to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
- According to the National Review, “the Kansas Department of Health and Environment is using a GPS program to track residents’ locations through their cell phones in a bid to slow coronavirus cases.”
- The state is using Unacast, an anonymized GPS data platform. Unacast compares GPS data from “before and after the implementation of social-distancing measures to track the measures’ effectiveness and offer county-level grades.”
- According to Privacy International, the Unacast data is updated daily and is accessible to the public.
- According to the Wall Street Journal, the data is pulled from the mobile-advertising industry and is stripped of information such as names.
- Experts report that “data can also reveal general levels of compliance with stay-at-home or shelter-in-place orders.” It can also help in measuring the pandemic’s impact on the economy.
- The information available on the Unacast website shows that Kansas state has an overall F rating.
CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy
- CUNY Graduate School of Public Health is a public research and professional college. It is located within the City University of New York.
- The college is collaborating with Emerson College on an “ongoing COVID-19 Tracking Survey to assess how New Yorkers are responding to the pandemic.”
- The survey collected data from 1,000 New York adults through phone and online communications.
- One of the aims of the survey was to provide a “gauge on the adoption of preventive behaviors” and will offer regular insights of COVID-19 impact on New Yorkers.
- According to its website, “a minimum of 75 survey responders were drawn for each category of age, gender, education, and ethnicity for each survey.”
- The survey has been done for 16 weeks. Below is an example of responses from the first week of the survey.
- Montgomery County is a populous county in Maryland. According to its website, the county is making progress in “compiling and using data by race, gender, age, geographic location to inform policy decisions related to health outcomes“.
- The county has made an effort to gather data for the purpose of monitoring and evaluating the adoption of COVID-19 safeguard measures such as wearing masks.
- In July, the county used its social media platforms to conduct a survey on mask-wearing behaviors. The survey involved 2,700 people and was conducted via an online survey platform, Survey Monkey.
- The survey “included five questions and was shared through the County’s Facebook and Twitter accounts, WhatsApp and Nextdoor.”