Cross Sector Comparisons

Comparison of the research findings across different sectors of interest namely: public transport, enduring prevalence, food (and drink) processing, close contact retail, construction, energy, logistics/delivery drivers, care homes and higher education. This research explored the extent of similarities and differences in sector specific research findings and helped to understand current approaches being taken in response to government guidance on ‘Living with COVID’ since February 2022. There were two phases of the study: Phase 1: Workshop with PROTECT researchers which sought to understand the similarities and differences in findings from sector specific research (care homes, close contact retail, food and drink processing sector, public transport, energy production, higher education, logistics and construction (October 2020 – February 2022). The workshop explored: risk factors for transmission; barriers and facilitators to responding effectively to COVID-19; implementation of mitigation measures; and gaps in knowledge. Phase 2: (autumn 2022) 11 semi-structured interviews with experts and organisational leaders from prior sector specific research (all from workshop apart from care homes and close contact retail). Sought to understand approaches implemented across the different sectors in response to government guidance on ‘Living with COVID’ issued in February 2022. This research project was initiated in April 2022 and concluded in January 2023.

IOM conducted this cross sector comparison in collaboration with the University of Manchester and London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

The findings from the workshop (phase 1) can be found here.

The findings from the interviews (phase 2) can be found here.

The peer reviewed publication can be found here.

This project forms part of a wider research program being conducted under the PROTECT National Core Study (NCS) on Transmission and Environment, funded by the UK Government (Theme 3 sector specific studies).