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

The SCRUB project aimed to provide current and future policy makers with actionable insights into public attitudes and behaviours relating to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Building on the COSMO project, a WHO/Europe initiative - we ran a “living survey” – with both repeated cross-sectional and longitudinal sampling – throughout the pandemic. In this survey we tracked relevant protective behaviours (e.g., handwashing and social distancing) their variations by demographic and location, and their determinants. We also tested interventions.

SCRUB ran every 3-4 weeks since March 2020 until June 2021. We measured:

After each wave of data collection, we generated and disseminated a report for relevant policy makers.

More than 50,000 surveys in more than 40 countries were completed. The vast majority of this was Australian data, but we also collected over 3000 international responses.

Who we are

The SCRUB project was led by READI in partnership with BehaviourWorks Australia, Monash Sustainable Development Institute, Monash University and Australian Catholic University; and a group of more than 100 international researchers.

Project status

SCRUB is currently inactively.

Access our data

Our international data can be accessed here. This contains 3104 total responses, and 1359 repeat responses (people who used the same email address for 2 or more waves).

Our domestic data is currently embargoed by our government partners.

Read our research

Several papers are being produced from the data. The following papers have been accepted for publication:

Media coverage

The project was widely covered by the media, for example, in live interviews on SBS and ABC News, on radio stations such as ABC News Radio and Triple M, and in articles in The Conversation and ABC news.