PROGRAMMES AND PROJECTS
Detailed record of global COVID-19 policies made permanently available
Our COVID-19 Government Response Tracker - the most comprehensive record of pandemic measures in the world - has published and archived its final dataset and working paper, creating a permanent, freely available, global record of COVID-19 policies.
Two years of tracking COVID-19 government policies
The Blavatnik School's Oxford COVID-19 Government Response Tracker – the most-cited dataset of COVID-19 policy decisions in the world, and the only one still publishing new data in 2022 – turns two and looks to the future.
During COVID-19, every government wanted information on what other countries were doing. Volunteers provided it from their bedrooms.
Thomas Hale argues that, with more pandemics ahead, nations shouldn’t rely on spontaneous volunteer efforts for mission-critical information.
How one Chinese local government deals with the effect of COVID-19 policy on the economy: the case of Yibin
How has China, one of the countries with the strictest COVID-19 prevention policies, balanced pandemic prevention and control with economic development? The city of Yibin in Sichuan province provides an interesting example.
Building back from COVID-19: Lessons learned during COVID-19 and overcoming educational inequality in the aftermath of school closures
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound impact on education globally, with extended school closures posing significant challenges, particularly in Brazil. In this policy brief, we provide policy recommendations and evidence supporting them based on the lessons learned during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Variation in government responses to COVID-19
The Oxford COVID-19 Government Response Tracker (OxCGRT) provides a systematic way to track government responses to COVID-19 across countries and sub-national jurisdictions over time. This is version 15 of the working paper.
US state-level OxCGRT reports
An overview of the key policy decisions taken to manage the transmission of COVID-19 and protect public health in 12 US states using data from the Oxford COVID-19 Government Response Tracker (OxCGRT).
What would a data framework for policy responses to pandemic diseases look like?
This scoping paper discusses how information on government policy responses to pandemic diseases should be collected and analysed to build preparedness.
Indian state-level policy responses to COVID-19 during the second wave
This paper tracks the evolution of the Indian government policy response to the coronavirus pandemic using data from the Oxford COVID-19 Government Response Tracker, collected for Indian sub-national jurisdictions.
Proposal for funding and co-ordination mechanisms to maximise benefit / minimise cost / minimise risk from donor investment in COVID-19 vaccine development
This policy brief, written in March 2020, argues finance (rather than development of new vaccine technology) was likely to be the binding constraint on the timing of broad and equitable global availability of COVID-19 vaccines.
Variation in policy response to COVID-19 across Australian states and territories
This working paper provides an overview of the key policy decisions taken to curtail the transmission of COVID-19 and protect public health in the eight Australian states and territories.
What have we learned from tracking every government policy on COVID-19 for the past two years?
This paper describes the broad patterns of government responses over the first two years of the pandemic. Understanding what works, and what does not, first requires valid measurement of what governments have and have not done.
Rethinking Health Security after COVID-19
In a critical examination of the health security paradigm, this report argues that, while the security implications of pandemics are clear, the concept of health security distracts attention from the underlying determinants of health that exacerbate the effects of severe disease outbreaks and disproportionately affect the most vulnerable. The report offers recommendations for developing and sustaining a human-centred approach to global health.