The Observatory for Monitoring Data-Driven Responses to COVID-19 (OMDDAC)

About the project

The Observatory for Monitoring Data-Driven Approaches to COVID-19 (OMDDAC) is a collaboration between Northumbria University & the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI). OMDDAC researches data-driven approaches to COVID-19, with a focus on legal, ethical, policy and operational challenges.

Studies have analysed key data-driven responses to Covid-19 and collated lessons learned throughout the pandemic through stakeholder interviews, case study analysis, representative public surveys and the development of practitioner-focussed guidelines. Its findings highlight the central importance of data quality and integrity, robust information governance mechanisms and public transparency in an emergency context.

Key policy recommendations include:

  • The establishment of a national public sector data standards framework that can address inconsistencies and enable better interoperability of public sector data.
  • A requirement for decision-makers and policymakers in the public sector to undertake data literacy training and development.
  • End-to-end information governance requirements, transparent to the public, for data acquisition, sharing and processing.

Principal Investigator

Dr Marion Oswald
(Northumbria University)

Project Website

Project Report

Policy Brief

Governance: Ethics, Data and Procurement

Skills and Training


data ethics information governance public trust transparency