Data Collector, PCORI COVID-19 Citizen Science Study (Independent Contractor Position)

Data Collector, PCORI COVID-19 Citizen Science Study

Short-term Independent Contractor Position  

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The PCORI COVID-19 Citizen Science study team is looking for data collectors for a national study investigating patient-reported impact of COVID-19 shelter-in-place policies and containment and mitigation strategies on a national cohort of patients recruited from health systems across seven states.  Click here to read more about the PCORI funded COVID-19 Citizen Science study.

To inform analysis, the study will collect COVID-19 policy data from a selected sample of counties across the United States. This will include policies such as mask mandates, restaurant and business closures, and stay at home requirements. Data collectors will work independently with guidance and oversight from members of the study team. Individuals will be assigned counties to research online using county websites, news articles, government press releases, etc. Data collectors may also leverage existing partnerships between the study team and policy makers to gather data. Policy information and sources will be entered into an online data collection form.

This is a short-term, work-from-home, contract position of approximately 4 weeks. Data collectors can choose to work 20 or 40 hours per week through the 4-week period.  Anticipated start date is December 7, 2020.

Primary Scope of Work

  • Complete orientation to study, data collection tools, and data collection process (virtual)
  • Use online search tools to research county-level COVID-19 related policies for an assigned list of counties
  • Communicate with state or local policy makers via email or phone to inform data collection
  • Enter policy data for each individual county into an online data collection form using REDCap
  • Communicate with the study team via email, phone or virtual meeting platforms, as needed, to share progress and troubleshoot any challenges

 Minimum Qualifications

  • Self-starter who can work independently with minimal supervision
  • Proficient at use of online applications, such as search engines
  • Strong organizational skills and excellent attention to detail
  • Demonstrated ability to deliver quality work and meet deadlines
  • Interest in public health, research, and/or policy
  • Access to an internet-connected device such as a personal computer or tablet, as well as reliable internet service
  • Available to work the required number of hours during the data collection period of November 30, 2020 through January 15, 2021


$12 to $16 per hour, depending on contract terms and location

To apply, please submit the following information via email to with subject line "Data Collector":

  • Resume
  • Brief letter/email of interest (approximately 200 words)
  • Preferred hours per week (20 or 40 hours)