NIDS-CRAM is the National Income Dynamics Study: Coronavirus Rapid Mobile Survey.

The survey will investigate the socioeconomic impacts of the national lockdown associated with the State of Disaster declared in March 2020, and the social and economic consequences of the current global Coronavirus pandemic.

It will be a special follow up with a subsample of adults from households in the National Income Dynamics Study (NIDS) Wave 5.

Though it is a follow up with NIDS respondents, in comparison to the core NIDS panel study, NIDS-CRAM will use a much shorter questionnaire, with a focus on the Coronavirus pandemic and the national lockdown. The mode of the survey will also change from face-to-face to computer-assisted telephone interview (CATI) surveys, which will be repeated periodically over six months, starting in May 2020.

The NIDS-CRAM survey data collection and production operations are being implemented by the Southern Africa Labour and Development Research Unit (SALDRU) based at the University of Cape Town’s School of Economics.

NIDS-CRAM forms part of a broader study called the Coronavirus Rapid Mobile Survey (CRAM) which aims to inform policy using rapid reliable research on income, employment and welfare in South Africa, in the context of the global Coronavirus pandemic.

The study is run by researchers from three universities: the University of Cape Town (UCT), University of Stellenbosch and the University of Witwatersrand (Wits).