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Data Collection Tools & Resources


Data Collection Tools

Data collection for research related to disasters and public health emergencies may need to be quickly organized and approved. To assist researchers in timely selection of data collection tools for medical and public health research, the NIH Disaster Research Response (DR2) Program has compiled the database Disaster Research Response Data Collection Tools.

Disaster Research Response Data Collection Tools


Other Resources for Identifying Tools

These resources may be helpful in identifying data collection tools that can be used for disaster-related research. Some of the resources are collections or databases of data instruments, such as PROMIS or PhenX. Some are datasets, like Harvard Dataverse, that may include the data instrument used to create a dataset. And some, like Disaster Lit or ELRHA Publications, contain research reports that may include data instruments in a table or appendix, or provide a citation to the instrument.


U.S. National Library of Medicine


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Health Studies Branch


CDC Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response (OPHPR)


National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)


Harvard University

  • Harvard Dataverse The master index for thousands of dataverses and datasets from academic institutions.
  • Dataverse Project homepage


National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO)


National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI)


National Institutes of Health (NIH)


Northwestern University


University of California, Los Angeles


University of Michigan, Institute for Social Research


Enhancing Learning and Research for Humanitarian Assistance (ELRHA)



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