The preventative health surveys are designed to help researchers better monitor and understand people’s knowledge, attitudes and practices around COVID-19. The surveys can help policymakers understand the effectiveness of various policies, such as masks and stay-at-home orders, and inform health communications based on the level of knowledge and adherence to the key practices.
In partnership with the Massachusetts Institute for Technology (MIT) Initiative on the Digital Economy, Facebook users are invited to take an off-platform survey, conducted by MIT, to self-report their adherence to preventive measures, such as washing hands and wearing masks, and what they know about COVID-19, including symptoms of the disease, risk factors and how their community is handling the pandemic.
To ensure that the survey sample more accurately reflects the characteristics of the population represented in the data, Facebook shares a random ID number and a single statistic, known as a weight value, that doesn’t identify a survey respondent but helps correct for survey sample bias. Facebook also shares the survey respondent’s language preference with MIT. Facebook doesn’t share who took the surveys with MIT, and MIT doesn’t share individual survey responses with us. Facebook only has access to public, aggregated survey data provided by MIT.
Publicly Available Aggregated Data
- Aggregate datasets and dashboards are available on the MIT survey website.
Request to Access Non-Aggregated Data for Research Purposes
Academic and nonprofit researchers may request access to non-public, non-aggregated survey data for their research. This includes files with the survey variables and weights. Once a request is approved by Facebook and MIT, the researcher’s institution must sign a data use agreement (DUA) with MIT before data access will be provided. Please see more information below about what information to include in requests, eligibility and data use agreements.
Requests should include:
- Research team – List information for the Principal Investigator (PI) and collaborators who require data access for the project. Students should not be listed as the PI for the project.
- Project summary – Submit a 1-page description of the project and analysis plan, including why non-aggregated data are required and any complementary work.
- Administrative information – Name, email, title, and address for the official authorized to sign contracts on behalf of your institution.
Data Use Agreement (DUA)
- Institutions will need to sign a DUA for access to non-aggregate survey data from MIT, which will govern the use of the survey data from MIT and survey weights from Facebook. Survey data and weights will be shared with researchers together by MIT.
- Given the scale of this project, please note that MIT is not able to provide substantive changes to the DUA, unless requesting institutions are by law unable to agree to specific terms. If your institution is unable to sign the DUA, you may still use the publicly available aggregate data. If you would like to review the MIT DUA in advance of submitting a request, please email PHSurvey@fb.com.
- All DUAs must be executed by an official authorized to sign on behalf of the institution. Researchers may access non-public, non-aggregated survey data only if the appropriate DUA has been executed by the institutions with which they are affiliated.
- Once MIT has the appropriate DUA in place with an institution, additional research teams from the same institution and with new projects must still submit a request to access the data through the link on this page. If your request is approved and your institution confirms that additional researchers are covered under the existing agreement, no additional DUAs will be required. Additional researchers that require data access for projects previously approved may email PHSurvey@fb.com with a request.
- Only academic and non-profit researchers may request access to non-public, non-aggregated survey data.
- Other criteria may be used by Facebook and/or MIT in determining eligibility and approving a request for access.
We understand that speed is important in responding to the COVID-19 crisis and our goal is to provide researchers access to the survey data as soon as possible. We will do our best to review requests in a timely manner.
Questions: Please reach out to PHSurvey@fb.com
Terms and Conditions
Facebook and MIT’s decisions will be final in all matters relating to any request to access survey data (as further described on this website), including interpretation of these Terms and Conditions at any time. Please read the terms carefully before proceeding.
- By submitting a request for data, you are authorizing Facebook and MIT to evaluate your request, and you agree to the terms herein. You also represent and warrant that you are at least 18 years of age and that you are authorized to act and submit a request to access survey data on behalf of your organization.
- You agree that Facebook and MIT will not be required to treat any part of your request as confidential or protected by copyright, and may use, edit, modify, copy, reproduce and distribute all or a portion of your request in any manner for the sole purposes of evaluating the contents of your request to access the survey data.
- You agree and acknowledge that any personal data included with your request, including any name, title, mailing address, phone number and email address of you and other named researchers, may be collected, processed, stored and otherwise used by Facebook and MIT for the purposes of evaluating the request to access survey data and administering the website.
- You acknowledge and agree that: a) none of the parties are obligated to enter into any contract, agreement or business transaction as a result of your request, b) Facebook and MIT are under no obligation to review or consider your request or enter into any correspondence in relation to your request, and c) none of the parties acquire any intellectual property rights as a result of the data request.
- Any feedback you provide to Facebook and MIT in the request regarding Facebook or MIT’s products or services will not be treated as confidential or protected by copyright, and Facebook is free to use such feedback on an unrestricted basis with no compensation to you.
- You acknowledge that you have no legal right to access the survey data, in whole or in part, and that any decision to grant you such access is at the sole discretion of Facebook and MIT. You agree not to challenge or dispute any such determination. You further acknowledge that if your request is approved, you may only access survey data if the institution with which you are affiliated has signed all appropriate data use agreements.
- You agree that no joint venture, partnership, employment, or agency relationship exists between you and us as a result of these Terms and Conditions or our acceptance of your request.
- Facebook and MIT reserve the right to remove or revoke at any time any approval that we may grant you at the sole discretion of Facebook and MIT and without prior notice.
- In the event any provision of these Terms and Conditions is held unenforceable, it will not affect the validity or enforceability of the remaining provisions and will be replaced by an enforceable provision that comes closest to the intention underlying the unenforceable provision.