Study to Explore Students’ and the General Public’s Motives for Using the COVID Tracker App

Sep 14 2021 Posted: 10:03 IST

A research team from NUI Galway and the University of Zaragoza, Spain, are seeking students aged 18 and over and the wider general public to participate in a short five-minute survey about Ireland’s COVID Tracker app. 

The study will look at motives for using the app, opinions about the app, promotion of use of the app to others, the extent to which the user checks in using the app, their level of contact with others, and their living/working situation. 

These insights will help the team to understand more about the adoption of the app and learnings which could also be applied to other health-related apps in the future. 

The research team would like to speak to people who had (or still have) the COVID Tracker app installed on their phone and who are aged 18 years or over. The survey is entirely voluntary, and all responses are anonymous.  

In an attempt to curb Covid-19 outbreaks, and in addition to social distancing measures, one solution has been the implementation of contact-tracing apps. At this stage of the pandemic, with the return to a ‘new normal’, the international research team led by Dr Elaine Wallace, Senior Lecturer in Marketing at J.E. Cairnes School of Business and Economics at NUI Galway, are seeking participants to complete the short five-minute online survey. 

Dr Elaine Wallace commented: “Ireland’s Covid Tracker App has been one of the most successful tracker apps in use during the pandemic. With a planned safe return to our workplaces and University campuses, we hope that this survey will raise awareness and remind students and the general public to download and use the app; as well as providing really helpful information about how apps such as this can be used to help us in other ways in the future.”

To complete the short survey and contribute to the study on the COVID Tracker app, simply click on this link to begin: NUI Galway COVID Tracker App Survey  


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