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Working in collaboration with Northumbria University, this project will research and critically assess data-driven responses to Covid-19

Data-driven responses are being developed rapidly across the public sector, academia and industry. These include combining digital health datasets within a single dashboard, use of communications data to map trends, monitoring of quarantine behaviour by drones and automated number plate recognition, and access to Bluetooth data for contact tracing.

The Observatory for Monitoring Data-Driven Approaches to Covid-19 (OMDDAC) will provide a national, public space for the consolidation of knowledge and understanding around data-driven approaches to Covid-19, focused upon legal, ethical, policy and operational challenges.

Project objectives

The Observatory's interdisciplinary team will collate lessons learned throughout the pandemic by way of stakeholder interviews, case study analysis, representative public surveys and practitioner-focussed guidelines.

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The research is supported with funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) , as part of the UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) Covid-19 rapid response funding. UKRI works in partnership with universities, research organisations, businesses, charities, and government to create the best possible environment for research and innovation to flourish. The project will be delivered in partnership with Northumbria University over the next 12 months.

RUSI team

Keith Ditcham, (Acting) Director, Organised Crime and Policing

Ardi Janjeva, Research Analyst

Marion Oswald, Associate Fellow


We have made rapid progress with our initial landscape mapping assessment so far, having spoken to 33 stakeholders from a wide range of backgrounds and disciplines.

Access the initial insights report: Mapping the Data-Driven Landscape to read about the progress being made and next steps.

OMDDAC has released Snapshot Reports on 17 May 2021 examining key pandemic response case studies in three areas of interest: data-driven public policy; tech-driven approaches to public health; and policing and public safety.


Ardi Janjeva
Research Analyst