Reports and Results

Progress Reports

Per Collaboratory grant reporting requirements, progress reports are posted here.

Interim Research Progress Report
August 15, 2020 (PDF, 290 KB)

 

Research Results

Technical Brief 1: Initial COVID-19 Mobility Data Trend Analysis in NC

The current pandemic has touched the lives of all North Carolinians, and initial research shows that the way people move in the state has changed rapidly in response to the dynamic pandemic. Technical Brief 1, released September 1, 2020, presents initial findings related to mobility and health trends in NC, and references national peer-reviewed studies involving the intersection of mobility and COVID health impacts.
Technical Brief 1: Initial COVID-19 Mobility Data Trend Analysis in NC
September 1, 2020 (PDF, 1.4 MB)

Technical Brief 2: Initial Findings of the Effect of COVID-19 on Young Drivers in North Carolina

Due to the perceived burden of COVID-19 on young drivers and their families, several states, including North Carolina, have introduced or passed legislation to relax the licensing requirements currently in place for new teenage drivers. Technical Brief 2, released November 6, 2020, examines driver licensing data and crash data for young drivers in North Carolina. Specifically, it compares data from January 1 to August 30, 2020, during the height of COVID-19, with historical averages.
Technical Brief 2: Initial Findings of the Effect of COVID-19 on Young Drivers in North Carolina
November 6, 2020 (PDF, 1.6 MB)

Technical Brief 3: New Mobility Trend Insights in North Carolina

This technical brief presents analyses related specifically to new travel metrics and updates the trends of COVID-19 cases and deaths in North Carolina, using three new metrics of mobility, travel, and connectivity:
1. Median distance traveled per county per day.
2. Number of vehicle trips on state-owned roadways.
3. Number of people gathering in proximity of each other.
Technical Brief 3: New Mobility Trend Insights in North Carolina
March 19, 2021 (PDF, 2.2 MB)

Technical Brief 4: The Effect of COVID-19 on Teen’s Driving Practice & Parent Approval for Proposed Changes to Licensing Requirements in North Carolina

This technical brief shares survey results which examined:

  • How COVID-19 affected practice among teens in the learner (supervised) phase of graduated driver licensing (GDL), and
  • Support among parents for proposed changes to licensing requirements in North Carolina Number of people gathering in proximity of each other.

The findings from this study suggest that teens received substantially less driving practice after the COVID-19 shutdown, parents in North Carolina do not support reducing the current 12-month learner period, and reducing the learner period would increase teen crashes and fatalities because teens would have even fewer opportunities to practice than they did prior to COVID-19.

Technical Brief 4: The Effect of COVID-19 on Teen’s Driving Practice & Parent Approval for Proposed Changes to Licensing Requirements in North Carolina
April 26, 2021 (PDF, 1.3 MB)

Technical Brief 5: The COVID-19 Pandemic Has Devastated Nursing Homes. What Should North Carolina’s Policy Priorities Be?

We can apply the lessons from this pandemic to prevent deaths from endemic infectious diseases, such as the common flu, while preparing for the next pandemic. The COVID-19 pandemic represents a teachable moment, and even as COVID-19 transmission rates decline in NC, it is necessary to consider that nursing homes need improved infection controls, reporting mechanisms/infrastructure, and investments in the direct care workforce to help reduce infectious disease spread among nursing home residents and workers.

Technical Brief 5: The COVID-19 Pandemic Has Devastated Nursing Homes. What Should North Carolina’s Policy Priorities Be?
July 23, 2021 (PDF, 775 KB)

 

Research in Progress

Final editing and submission of at least six manuscripts for publication in professional transportation and health publications, including the topics of C-19 and:

  • Mobility data, both vehicular and cell-phone based
  • Travel behaviors in urban areas before and during the pandemic
  • Teen drivers, licensure, and traffic safety
  • Changes in traffic crash patterns

Research results and findings have been presented to and shared with transportation and health practitioners and professionals across NC, including: