Preventative Health Survey
The COVID-19 preventative health survey is designed to help policymakers and health researchers better monitor and understand people’s knowledge, attitudes and practices about COVID-19 to improve communications and their response to the pandemic.
The survey is designed to provide valuable information to help understand knowledge, attitudes and practices related to preventative behaviors without trading off the privacy of the people who took the survey. Facebook does not share who took the survey with MIT, and they do not share individual survey responses with us.
With over 2 billion people on Facebook, we are in a unique position to support public health research. We have partnered with trusted academic and nonprofit institutions to build a research network to address some of the world's greatest humanitarian issues. We're currently using our platform to deploy a preventative health survey to support ongoing COVID-19 research and help inform public health decisions and communication.
In addition to publicly available data offered by MIT, academic and nonprofit researchers may request access to non-public, non-aggregated survey data for their research.
Who Uses the Preventative Health Survey
Policymakers and Public Health Officials
New insights can help policymakers understand the effectiveness of various policies, such as stay-at-home orders, physical distancing, wearing a mask and washing hands. The data can also help public health officials adjust communications to be most effective for their communities.
Researchers can use the data to study COVID-19, such as how the pandemic is affecting behaviors over time, and understand which areas may be at risk of an outbreak based on population characteristics, preventative behaviors and plans to visit public spaces.
Access to Survey Data
For researchers interested in data access, learn more here. Please email PHSurvey@fb.com with any questions.