With the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic, Kosovo central institutions decided on a number of measures to prevent COVID-19 from spreading. The main decision was that people stay at home and do not go out unless necessary. When these measures were taken, Public Pulse had two parallel ongoing activities: 1) An opinion poll for Public Pulse Brief and 2) An opinion poll for this years’ edition of Public Pulse Analysis.

There was a dilemma, how to continue to gather data through face-to-face interviews, which became impossible. There a was a risk that the data would not be collected and that it would be impossible to complete key Public Pulse activities on time. Therefore, we had the adapt the way we carry out our work. We decided to continue with data collection through telephone interviews. This way, in this time of crisis we, the Public Pulse team, along with our partners, continue to do our work in informing key institutions with data that we keep collecting for the benefit of the people of Kosovo.

Public Pulse is a project that basis its activities on data collection to help decision-makers in Kosovo in policy making. The public pulse project has two core activities. The first is Public Pulse Brief, in which, every six months, an opinion poll with a sample of 1,300 respondents measures in breadth and in depth, socio-economic and political indicators. The second is Public Pulse Analysis, which, every year, does an in-depth analysis of a topic, which is relevant for Kosovo and its policymaking.

Author: Arben Qirezi, Public Pulse Project Manger

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