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Evidence for Transformative Change: UNRISD Survey on Responses to Covid-19 and Vulnerable Communities

27 Apr 2020

Evidence for Transformative Change: UNRISD Survey on Responses to Covid-19 and Vulnerable Communities

UPDATE 20 MAY 2020

First of all, many thanks to all of you who took the time to fill in the UNRISD survey on how well government responses to the Covid-19 pandemic are working to support vulnerable people, launched on 27 April 2020.

We have now started reviewing the first round of survey responses to put together a timely analysis that can encourage policy responses that are more sensitive to the needs of vulnerable people and groups, so as to leave no one behind.

As the pandemic develops, and government responses mature and change, we will be keeping the survey open to collect as many responses as possible in the coming weeks, in view of a second round of analysis to see how policies progress over time. Please feel free to continue contributing responses to the survey. We will keep you up to date with this plan as we go forward.


The Covid-19 pandemic is hitting vulnerable people the hardest. This is already devastating in high-income countries with comprehensive and effective health and welfare systems, but it may well be catastrophic in those without, and especially in low-income and least developed countries. At the same time, these are areas where typically infection rates are currently lower and policies are still taking shape, creating a window of opportunity for informed analysis to provide added value.

This is where UNRISD’s survey comes in. With the help of its global network of experts, UNRISD hopes to gather and quickly analyse how well current government policies on Covid-19 in all countries and regions are responding to the needs of vulnerable people. The result will be evidence-based recommendations on how governments can make sure their Covid-19 response policies leave no one behind, while at the same time bearing in mind that there can be no one-size-fits all answers; national and local government policy making in different regions must also respond to different social, economic, political and cultural contexts.

🗳️ UNRISD is asking all readers of this news item to donate 15 minutes of their time to respond to our 12-question survey. Click on the button below to make your contribution:

UNRISD is able to make the survey available in English, French and Spanish. We welcome responses in all languages, however. If you wish to take the survey in a different language, we invite you to use a web-based translator to render the questions in your preferred language.

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