Mixed methods research on the impact of Covid-19 on children and women in low-income families in Penang and the effectiveness of Covid-19 mitigation policies

The State Government has commissioned Penang Institute and UNICEF Malaysia Penang Institute to undertake a research study on understanding the impact of Covid-19 on women and children in low-income communities as well as the effectiveness of mitigation policies. As part of the study, a household survey on the impact of Covid-19 and aid received will be conducted in three phases through phone interviews. The current phase of the survey is conducted between March to August, 2022, with the dates of the second and third phase to be confirmed.

This survey is not open to the public and recipients are randomly selected.

For any queries, kindly contact Penang Institute (04-228 3306, extension 101), Dr Beh May Ting (mayting.beh@penanginstitute.org), Ms Yeong Pey Jung (peyjung@penanginstitute.org), Ms Ng Kar Yong (karyong.ng@penanginstitute.org) or Ms Stella (011-2987 0828, survey@penanginstitute.org).

More Info on the Study

As families are the strongest unit which holds together the fabric of our society, the State Government recognises that taking care of their welfare is crucial, especially in these trying times. More importantly, the vulnerabilities of women, children, youths and the differently-abled in these families must be addressed, and alleviated to our best ability. This study aims to assess the impact social welfare service delivery systems have had on its beneficiaries. It does so by tracking beneficiary households’ socioeconomic conditions, welfare, and wellbeing. It also makes comparisons against pre-pandemic household conditions, to understand how living standards have altered. At least 600 households in Penang and five Civil Society Organisations, across all districts, will be invited to participate in the study. The purpose of the project is to generate insights that will allow the Penang State Government to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of its social welfare service delivery system for vulnerable children, women, and youths.