Social Research Centre COVID-19 Update

April 1, 2020 - We at the Social Research Centre hope you are faring as well as possible during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The Social Research Centre has been actively monitoring the outbreak, following guidelines from Government, and making changes to our work environment and operations to ensure the safety of our staff and the continuity of our operations.

Our technology systems and operational infrastructure are strong and adaptable. We have adjusted our data collection systems and procedures so there are no barriers to our ability to deliver projects. Our teams continue to conduct high quality and timely data collection, research, and evaluation.

Most of our activities have shifted to remote operations. We are supporting all staff who can work from home to do so until the risks to public health subside. We are rapidly scaling up remote computer assisted telephone interviewing; at the same time, our call centre remains open with ample distancing between interviewers. Finally, our qualitative work has been successfully shifting to video, online and telephone modes.

It is a critical time to gather data and evidence to assist policy makers, health and human service providers, and program administrators in navigating our changed world. Timely data on health, employment, education, well-being, resilience, financial stress, and family violence, for example, are essential for supporting informed decisions now and in the future. We remain deeply committed to conducting the highest quality research, including timely new studies on the COVID-19 pandemic.

We understand that everyone is working hard to navigate this situation. Please reach out to us if we can provide support at info@srcentre.com.au.