Smart Containment with Active Learning: A Proposal for a Data-Responsive and Graded Approach to COVID-19

Contributing team members include (in alphabetical order by last name): Dr. Tahir Andrabi (LUMS / Pomona), Dr. Matt Andrews (Harvard), Dr. Ali Cheema (LUMS), Dr. Jishnu Das (Georgetown / Center for Policy Research), Dr. Adnan Q Khan (LSE), Dr. Asim I Khwaja (Harvard), Dr. Farhan Majid (University of Georgia), Dr. Amyn A. Malik (Yale), Anum Malkani (CERP), Dr. Tyler McCormick (University of Washington), Dr. Saad B. Omer (Yale), and Maroof A. Syed (CERP).

This multidisciplinary proposal draws on the expertise and experience of researchers and practitioners in public health, infectious diseases, epidemiology, economics, policy and public management, technology and data science as well as business & non-profit leaders. Elements of this proposal are being tested in various places – including Pakistan – where several members of the team have been actively supporting the state’s response efforts at national and sub-national levels. The proposal is intended as a living document that will be updated as more information becomes available.

Updated versions will be available here on the CID website and on the CERP website.

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Smart Testing Strategy for SCALE

The Smart Testing Strategy document lays out the SCALE testing strategy, which is designed to establish the level of prevalence in each identified geographical unit. The strategy includes syndromic and sentinel surveillance, contact tracing and testing, and frontline worker testing.

Testing & Tracing Survey Instrument

The testing and tracing survey is designed to implement the testing strategy. It comprises the following modules: s-grid identification, respondent identification and testing, travel history, clinical history, pool testing follow-up, confirmed positive case(s) follow-up and contact tracing.

Smart Containment with Active Learning: A Graded & Data-Responsive Approach to COVID-19
Center for International Development (CID) 
Special Brief: COVID-19, May 2020

Policymaking in Uncertain Times: Smart Containment with Active Learning
Center for International Development (CID) & International Growth Centre (IGC)
COVID-19 Policy Series, May 2020
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