COVID-19 Shielding Programme (Scotland) Rapid Evaluation
The Scottish Government’s shielding programme was introduced in mid-March 2020. The programme was launched to protect those individuals at the highest risk of COVID-19.
The programme aimed to provide individuals with guidance to help minimise interaction between them and others – and ultimately to reduce the risk of infection, severe illness and death.
Public Health Scotland was asked by the Scottish Government to evaluate the shielding programme. The evaluation was structured around six key evaluation questions:
- Who has been advised to shield?
- Have individuals followed the shielding guidance?
- Has shielding reduced harm?
- Has the shielding support reached the intended audiences?
- Has the shielding support been fit for purpose?
- What have been key process issues?
We have published a series of three reports relating to the rapid evaluation of the Scottish Government shielding programme.
- COVID-19 shielding programme rapid evaluation – summary report
- COVID-19 shielding programme rapid evaluation – full report
- COVID-19 shielding programme rapid evaluation – data report.
COVID-19 Shielding Impact and Experience Survey (Scotland)
Earlier, also as part of the evaluation, Public Health Scotland ran an online survey of individuals who had been advised to follow shielding guidance by the Scottish Chief Medical Officer.