To monitor the consequences of government measures to tackle disease outbreaks is a difficult task. Also, as during the coronavirus crisis not only one country was affected, it is imperative for politicians, public servants and citizens alike to monitor policies worldwide. It is crucial to understand whether increasingly strict measures affect the rate of infection, and identify what causes governments to implement stricter or less strict measures.
With the first-ever tool to track and compare policy responses of governments tackling the coronavirus outbreak around the world, OxCGRT collects publicly available information on 11 indicators of government response, such as school closings, travel bans, or other measures. This new tracker is designed to systematically record government responses worldwide and aggregate the scores into a common ‘Stringency Index’ which will help researchers, policymakers and citizens to understand the effects of chosen measures.
This project was initiated by The Blavatnik School of Government, Oxford.