Metrics for Holistic Recovery Among the Worst-Off Survivors of the COVID-19 Pandemic
The project’s aim is to lend clarity to the concept of, and to develop indicators for, “post-pandemic recovery”—the ambiguous and complex process emerging as the acute crisis of COVID-19 resolves.
To date, the challenge of returning the most severely affected individuals and communities to a holistic state of wellbeing (rather than a solely clinical one) over time has received less attention than the immediate emergency response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Using key informant interviews and a consensus-building Delphi method, this study will combine the strength of disparate disciplines to elaborate a standardized model and set of metrics for comprehensive recovery from the pandemic in the United States context, and later pilot test them to assess their utility as part of local pandemic recovery planning processes.
The core research question is, “By what measures could public sector decision makers, at the local level, know that their coordinated efforts to facilitate COVID-19 recovery are working for the socially vulnerable individuals and communities who have been hit the hardest by the pandemic?”