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Results of community research undertaken during the COVID-19 pandemic

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Findings from the Community Surveys and the Community Monitoring Tool are available from this page along with a table of COVID-19 case numbers.

Having access to timely data has been vital for the decision making process during the coronavirus pandemic. Along with data on tests and cases and the usual national statistics, data has been collected from the wider community to inform decisions around the phased exit from lockdown and the Recovery Strategy. Virtually everyone in the Bailiwick has been impacted (positively or negatively) by the measures put in place to slow the spread of the virus, even if they have not been directly effected by the virus itself.

Case Numbers

The latest numbers of COVID-19 cases can be found in this area of the website. A table giving all the case numbers from March 2020 up to the end of the last month can be downloaded in this file of spreadsheet icon Bailiwick of Guernsey COVID-19 Case Numbers [60kb].

Community Survey 2021

The 2021 Community Survey was launched on 3rd September and closed on the 14th October 2021 and 1,519 responses were received.

This survey asked about wellbeing and household circumstances and if/how these changed since 2019. It asked respondents to rate their life satisfaction and tell us how they felt about some specific topics, including travelling and shopping. It also sought to find out how peoples expenditure patterns have changed; information which will be used when the weights for the Retail Price Indices are updated during 2022.

Community Survey 2020

The 2020 Community Survey was launched on 22nd June and closed on 30 July 2020; during phase five of the exit from lockdown. It was intended to encapsulate the community's experiences of lockdown, while still fresh in mind.

The survey was made available online (in English, Latvian, Polish and Portuguese) and also on paper. An alternative (easy read) version was issued too.

3,699 people completed one of the surveys, which equates to 7% of the population and gives reliable results.

Community Monitoring Tool

In order to understand how the community was feeling during the first lockdown and what challenges were being faced, a Community Monitoring Tool was set up. Over 5,500 people registered (8.5% of the population of the Bailiwick) and it has been used to make over 1,500 requests for information or support.

The Tool was launched on 27th March 2020; two days after strict measures to slow the spread of the coronavirus were put into action across the Bailiwick of Guernsey. It was intended to give Islanders another way to request support or information during lockdown and to give the States of Guernsey the ability to collect data in the form of a longitudinal study, which could be used to inform coronavirus related services and strategies. Participation was voluntary but encouraged at the media briefings and through media releases.

Four reports of findings have been published to date:


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