Survey of COVID-19 Responses to Understand Behaviour (SCRUB)

Survey of COVID-19 Responses to Understand Behaviour (SCRUB)

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The Survey of COVID-19 Responses to Understand Behaviour (SCRUB) project aims to provide current and future policymakers with actionable insights into public attitudes and behaviours relating to the COVID-19 pandemic. Building on the COSMO project, a WHO/Europe initiative, researchers are running a “living survey”—with both repeated cross-sectional and longitudinal sampling—throughout the pandemic. In this survey researchers track relevant protective behaviours, (e.g., handwashing and social distancing), their variations by demographic and location, and their determinants. The research team also tests interventions. After each wave of data collection, researchers generate and disseminate an updated report. The research team has about 120 international collaborators, and are supporting country teams in setting up local versions of SCRUB. More than 4,000 people across 40 countries have completed the first and second waves of data collection.

Questionnaire Description

The survey is intended to understand if people are performing key behaviours related to COVID19, the drivers and barriers, and the interventions that influence those behaviours. Note that we change the content significantly between waves; Please email us for the latest version (

Respondent Population Characteristics


Implementing Organization

Rapid Effective Action Development Institute (READI)

Project Data Collection Mode

  • Web

Researchers (*corresponding author)

Alexander Saeri*Peter SlatteryMichael Noetel


BehaviourWorks AustraliaRapid Effective Action Development Institute (READI)

Questionnaire Language(s)

English, Spanish, Arabic

May 06, 2020