For Gov. Officials

Information for Government Officials and HR Directors/Executives

The COVID-19 Safety Calculator, created in the Dynamic Network lab, is anonymous, free, and aims to quickly provide users with their own Safety Score and their own personalized feedback right inside the calculator to possibly help in their COVID-19 prevention preparedness. Barring unforeseen technological issues, the calculator is currently open for participation to all people aged 18 or older across the country and globe.  The broader research results from this project (TC IRB #20-260) may help social and organizational scientists better inform guidelines and practice aimed at preventing COVID-19, such as those at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC),  state health agencies, and business communities. Anyone can easily access the Calculator by going to www.SafetyCalculator.Org, which takes them to our Lab's website for immediate participation. 

With sufficient participation in a given state (or larger organization), the Dynamic Network Lab can possibly generate state-level reports for those approved state and governmental agencies (or authorized and certified HR organizational representatives), pending IRB approvals.  Officials or authorized representatives can contact the Lab for more information about this opportunity.

For Gov. Officials or Authorized/Certified HR Representatives 

If your state (or larger organization) is interested in having your residents (or employees) voluntarily participate in the COVID-19 Safety Calculator in efforts to potentially better understand their needs to possibly inform prevention and safety initiatives, please contact our Lab through our contact page (Box 1). More details can be provided after contacting us. 


Specific Areas of Assessment and Feedback Mechanisms in the COVID-19 Safety Calculator:

  • CDC-based scale of specific prevention behaviors - 18 items  (e.g., face contact, hand washing, distancing, masks, sanitizing areas, etc.)
  • Feedback report to participants (e.g., flagging areas for potentially needed change based on CDC guidelines, the issue of concern, and specific goals to possibly promote safety behavior change). Based on principles in social, organizational, and motivation science.
  • Close contact scale (e.g., if within 6 feet of spouse, your children, parents, other relatives, friends, people at work, people on mass transit, neighbors, medical providers, people at stores, public, etc.). Based on importance of social distancing during pandemics.
  • Psychological predictors of CDC behavioral guideline compliance
    • Behavioral intention (e.g., Fishbein and Ajzen)
    • Behavioral reasons for pursuing them (e.g., protect self, protect others, to follow government orders, to stop the spread) (e.g., Westaby and Colleagues)
    • Behavioral reasons against pursuing them (e.g., I don't need to do them, I forget to do them, I don't know how, Pursuing those things will not help anyway, It takes too much effort, I will look foolish, I could make mistakes when trying to change my habits, I don't have needed supplies) (e.g., Westaby and Colleagues)
  • Self-reported COVID-19 symptomology scale (and symptoms for other viral-related sicknesses: A cold, The flu, and "Other sicknesses or illnesses").
  • Shortened stress scale - including at least one positively framed item. Based on classic scale.
  • Potential work needs to better adjust to COVID-19 context (e.g., More information about COVID-19, Having my job area disinfected more, Better telecommunication or video conferencing, Better work-from-home technology or equipment, Fewer in-person interactions, Greater social distancing, More child care options, More abilities to work from home (or remotely)).  Based on needs assessment and safety research.
  • Potentially needed personal protective equipment or supplies (e.g., More protective gloves, More protective goggles or glasses, More cloth face masks, More N95 face masks, More face shields, More hand sanitizers (with at least 60% alcohol), More protective suits (Hazmat), More disinfecting supplies). Based on needs assessment and safety research.

  • Part-time, full-time, or self-employed status
  • "Essential worker" designation. Based on importance of economic governing mechanisms.
  • Demographics and job type (based importance of demography and O-Net categories).
  • Reported location (i.e., U.S. State or Nation).  Based on importance of regional differences.

All participant responses are voluntary and anonymous to promote honest answering.  Results from this project should always be interpreted in the context of any given sampling and methodological limitations.  A mock-up survey can possibly be provided for further review upon request, instead of using the real data collection link. 

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