The CoronaNet Project : Tracking government responses towards COVID-19
The COVID-19 pandemic has hit the world's health and economic systems dramatically, whereas the resilience of countries worldwide differs to a great extent. While Germany and North Scandinavian countries are relatively robust for different reasons, politically more isolated or crisis neglecting countries, such as Brazil or Iran, are impacted mainly by high growth rates of infections and consequences of long lockdowns respectively.
Government policy reactions to the COVID-19 pandemic have direct consequences for its spread and effect on health outcomes; ultimately such policies will determine whether the global fight against COVID-19 are successful or not. As policymakers, researchers and the broader public debate and compare different governmental approaches, they need a real-time and traceable dataset of government policies in order to understand not only what policies are effective, but under what conditions they are effective.
The aim of the CoronaNet Research Project is not only to compile such a database on government responses to the corona virus and to make it publicly available (a beta version of the dataset has been made public since April 11, 2020 and new data is released daily with a 5 day lag from when a policy was collected into the databse) for others to use, but to also to understand, among other things, what drives these responses and under what conditions they can help stymy the epidemic.
The CoronaNet Research Project was part of the cooperation project Governing Corona Crisis launched by the LRA "Crises in a Globalised World".