Cohort and Longitudinal Studies Enhancement Resources (CLOSER)

Lead Research Organisation: University College London
Department Name: Social Science

Abstract

The United Kingdom has a unique portfolio of birth cohort studies which provide an invaluable resource for policy-relevant research across the social and bio-medical sciences. The overarching aim of the proposed Cohort Resources Facility (CRF) is to enhance their value, use and long term sustainability. Its key objectives are to: stimulate interdisciplinary research across the existing major cohort studies; develop resources that encourage more researchers to use their data ; support training and capacity building among potential users; and, to facilitate communication between the studies so that they contribute effectively to the development of ESRC and MRC strategy. The rich and detailed longitudinal datasets created by the studies enable research which is of direct policy relevance (in the short and long term). A further important role for the CRF will be to ensure that evidence from these publicly-funded resources has maximum economic and societal impact.
By following individuals through the life course and by systematically collecting data on their development, behaviour, attitudes and environment, each cohort study makes it possible both to understand trajectories of development and ageing, and to identify how early life circumstances impact on later life outcomes. Each study thus forms a rich, and complex, research resource in its own right. However, strengthening the links between the studies, and creating a more visible and accessible integrated research resource, has a number of advantages. First, the replication of findings across multiple cohorts provides robust evidence on which to base future policy decisions, for example in the areas of public health and education. Second, the portfolio of cohort studies allows for investigations across different geographical areas, generations and time periods, enabling researchers to build an understanding of how varying external contexts may contribute to, or modify outcomes for individuals. Third, there are potential economies of scale and advantages of sharing best practice which will best be realised by building strong and mutually supportive links between the teams directing individual studies.
The CRF includes seven work packages (WPs). Four focus on data harmonisation, three of which aim to provide comparable cross-cohort measures of (a) biological function and structure (b) socio-economic resources, and (c) senses (e.g. vision and hearing); a fourth aims to develop standardised strategies for analysing biological samples. Three other WPs focus on linking administrative, health and geographical data to survey data and enhancing further the research resources provided by the cohort studies. A major component of the CRF is the creation of a uniform search platform. This will allow users efficiently to explore the content and design of the studies and better plan research and, in particular, analyses which use data from more than one cohort.
A number of existing initiatives and organisations also aim to facilitate access to data from existing surveys, and provide training and capacity building in quantitative methods. For example, the ESRC-funded National Centre for Research Methods at the University of Southampton provides a focal point for research, training and capacity building activities, while the Economic and Social Data Service and the MRC Data Support Service both provide support for the secondary use of data across the research, learning and teaching communities. The leadership team submitting this proposal have close, and complementary, links with many of these initiatives, which will promote communication and collaboration through the lifetime of the facility.

Planned Impact

The CRF will have a vital role in maximizing the impact of the UK's world-leading portfolio of longitudinal studies. Five specific audiences will be targeted, all of whom will benefit in distinct ways: (1) researchers; (2) policy makers; (3) practitioners; (4) the public; and, (5) study members.
Researchers divide into five groups: 1) Early career researchers, with little experience of conducting longitudinal analysis, will benefit from dedicated training packages, accessible and integrated information on the key longitudinal studies, and from the increased availability of linked data. 2) Researchers with previous experience of longitudinal analysis will benefit from tailored training, and the availability of harmonised variables. The latter will promote wider use of data and cross-cohort analysis. 3) Researchers from central and local government, who commission, undertake and use research, will benefit from the creation of a single information hub about the portfolio of studies, and the identification of the range of cohort data relevant to specific policy issues. 4) Researchers from overseas will benefit from the same single information hub and from detailed documentation on harmonised variables. 5) Teams managing cohort studies will benefit from knowledge exchange workshops on issues relating to study management. The benefits of the CRF for researchers will begin to be realised within the first five years of funding; thereafter, given the long-term value of the resources created, and the time taken for researchers to gain experience in longitudinal analysis, benefits will grow incrementally over the next decade and beyond.
Policy makers will benefit from the coordinated work of the CRF leadership team to ensure that existing findings from analysis of cohort studies have instrumental impact. A series of briefings will be organised to highlight and distil the principal policy-relevant findings from across the studies on such themes as: social mobility; the 'Big Society'; health and well-being; family life; healthy ageing; housing, and residential mobility. To enhance understanding of the instrumental impact of cohort research, the briefings will include input from practitioners and/or policy makers, discussing how the findings inform their work. The impact of the briefings will be evaluated to assess impact, with benefits realised within the lifetime of the CRF.
Practitioners (in the third and private sectors as well as government) are unlikely to conduct their own analyses using the cohort studies. However their decision making and professional practice will be informed by evidence from the cohort studies. Members of the leadership team will identify key knowledge exchange opportunities such as professional and thematic conferences and events. Given the time taken for research results to be translated into policy, or adopted by practitioner groups, it is expected that the benefits of the CRF to practitioners will be observed over a longer term than the benefits to groups of researchers described above.
The CRF will have a less direct impact on the public but will work to enhance the public understanding of the value of longitudinal research. Additionally, by encouraging nterdisciplinary research that addresses questions of direct policy relevance, and maximising the impact of the studies, it is expected that in due course the CRF will play a role in increasing the effectiveness of public services, and enhancing health and well-being.
The CRF will provide a mechanism for sharing best practice in involving study members (and their families) in the design and development of cohort studies, as well as the processes for feeding back results from individual studies. The aim will be to increase the quantity and quality of information provided to study members about the value of longitudinal studies, improve their engagement with the study and minimise attrition. Benefits will be realised within the lifetime of the CRF.

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Almås I (2018) Using data differently and using different data in Journal of Development Effectiveness

 
Description CLOSER's overarching objective is to strengthen the UK's position as the world leader in longitudinal research and CLOSER's work maximises the use, value and impact of these important studies. After expanding the number of partner studies by 11 in 2020, CLOSER now works with 19 internationally-renowned UK longitudinal studies. In so doing, CLOSER continues to bring together academic and professional study staff working across UK biomedical and social science studies in an environment where differences and shared experiences can be openly discussed. This collaboration across disciplines has been fundamental to its activities which typically focus on generating new knowledge, easing data discovery, enabling cross-study research and increasing research capability. Key achievements include:
1. The creation of an online search platform, CLOSER Discovery, which enhances data discovery and stimulates further cross study research. CLOSER launched CLOSER Discovery, the UK's most detailed search engine for longitudinal data, in 2016. The platform provides a single point of entry to the hundreds of thousands of variables and questions, including recently added COVID-19 questionnaire information, in ten studies. It is an innovative and ambitious project; the scale of data required makes it amongst the largest of such repositories in the world. Usage of Discovery has consistently increased over time, with 607 new users and 1,065 sessions in February 2021 compared with 244 new users and 480 sessions in February 2020.
2. Research activity in the form of 23 work packages that demonstrate and promote the value of: a) cross-study harmonisation and; b) the enhancement offered by linking survey data to administrative records. These work packages have created important new research resources and have generated significant new knowledge, for example, investigating whether results are consistent across generations, or differ in response to changing social conditions and/or policy initiatives. Harmonisation topics covered are body size; socio-economic position; biological sample collection; measures of visual function; childhood environment and adult mental wellbeing; methods for determining pubertal status; biomarker data; household overcrowding; physical activity; mental health; diet; DNA methylome; and cognition. The work packages have produced a large number of journal articles, resource reports and harmonised datasets, as documented on researchfish. Data linkage work packages have sought to link longitudinal study data to administrative records, to demonstrate the benefits of data linkage and produce appropriate resources for others.
3. CLOSER builds professional and research capacity and skills in the management and implementation of longitudinal studies, and in the analysis of data from longitudinal studies. CLOSER's training workshops disseminate best practice on these topics, with past workshops including events on data linkage, new technologies for measuring health and non-health topics, participant engagement, metadata management and cross-study harmonisation. 1,678 delegates have attended 53 events to date. CLOSER has created an online Learning Hub (which since March 2020, has an average of 7,727 monthly users), which was refreshed and updated with new content in 2020 and training datasets aimed at undergraduates and those new to longitudinal studies. CLOSER currently runs three Communities of Practice (Longitudinal Communications Network, Data Linkage Working Group and Data Managers Network) for professional study staff in order to cultivate knowledge exchange, share best-practice, and facilitate innovative and collaborative projects.
Exploitation Route As an infrastructure resource aimed at helping maximise the use, value and impact of longitudinal studies, CLOSER has produced a wide range of resources available to academic and non-academic audiences. Key examples include:
1. Academic research audiences benefit from: the CLOSER Discovery platform, which helps facilitate the identification and exploration of relevant datasets and variables; CLOSER harmonised datasets, which cover an array of substantive areas and have been designed to make it easier to carry out cross-study comparisons; data linkage resources, which help facilitate the linking of longitudinal and administrative data; and a range of training events aimed at building capacity.
2. Teaching and training audiences benefit from the CLOSER Learning Hub, which introduces new users to longitudinal studies and the issues around their design and analysis, and its associated training dataset. The Learning Hub also provides resources for teachers across all disciplines where longitudinal studies are part of the course. CLOSER's provides free online training events ensuring the reach of the provision.
3. Those seeking to better understand research and research findings (including policy makers and third sector organisations) benefit from CLOSER's impact and engagement activities, which focus on the promotion of the value of longitudinal studies as well as key findings from CLOSER and its consortium. In May 2020, CLOSER created the COVID-19 Longitudinal Research Hub to act as a one-stop resource for researchers, parliamentarians and policy makers, in showcasing the UK's longitudinal population studies response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Sectors Communities and Social Services/Policy,Digital/Communication/Information Technologies (including Software),Education,Healthcare,Government, Democracy and Justice

URL http://www.closer.ac.uk
 
Description One of CLOSER's key objectives is to raise awareness of the value of longitudinal studies among research, academic, policy and practice groups. In this section we summarise some of the work CLOSER has done to improve the visibility of longitudinal studies as robust sources of evidence for policy makers and practitioners, and our public engagement activity. CLOSER's Public Affairs activity focuses on engagement with the latter group, and includes: brokering relationships between scientists, and policy makers and parliamentarians; raising awareness of longitudinal studies and their evidence; and influencing policies and thinking in data science and data management. Key examples of impact in this area include: 1. CLOSER's engagement with the Cabinet Office as part of their 'Better Use of Data in Government' work stream began in 2016. These discussions led to formal recognition by the Government in their official response of the need to review the proposed legislation and ensure that it maximises the potential for accessing administrative data for various types of research, including linkage to longitudinal studies, in a way that does not complicate existing processes. CLOSER's continued efforts in this area and official response to the Research Code of Practice and Accreditation Criteria consultation resulted in the unique nature of longitudinal studies being emphasised in the Government response: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/digital-economy-act-part-5-data-sharing-codes-and-regulations/research-code-of-practice-and-accreditation-criteria 2. In January 2017, CLOSER hosted a seminar with staff from the House of Commons Library on the value of longitudinal studies and how evidence from CLOSER could help inform their work. Engagement with the Library continued throughout 2017 resulting in the citation of CLOSER's Learning Hub and relevant longitudinal evidence in the Debate Pack briefings on social mobility and bullying prepared by the Library for Members of Parliament. 3. In February 2017, CLOSER hosted an event in Portcullis House, in partnership with the All-Party Parliamentary Health Group (APHG), to discuss the development of a new government alcohol strategy with parliamentarians and senior health practitioners. Yvonne Kelly of UCL talked about the importance of longitudinal evidence in this area, highlighting her research on drinking among adolescents using the Millennium Cohort Study. Later that month, the House of Lords held a short debate on Alcohol Abuse. Baroness Walmsley spoke about the seminar and specifically mentioned the research in her statement. 4. In August 2016, the Government published its Childhood Obesity Strategy, which cited CLOSER's research into the rise of the obesity epidemic. These citations follow directly from CLOSER's engagement with the Department for Health Obesity Policy Team, and public promotion of the findings. 5. In May 2018, CLOSER and the APHG hosted an event on 'Tackling mental health problems in children and young people: the importance of early intervention' during mental health week. For the event we secured the Chair of the Science and Technology Committee and Shadow Minister for Mental Health as panel speakers. We also produced a tailored briefing note and a blog highlighting the value and contribution of CLOSER and longitudinal research. 6. In June 2018, CLOSER organised and delivered a bespoke longitudinal research event entitled 'How longitudinal research can help get to the heart of wicked problems' for the first ever Evidence Week in Parliament. This involved representatives from a number of CLOSER studies on the platform. 7. In 2018 CLOSER submitted evidence to the House of Commons Health and Social Care Committee: The First 1000 Days of Life enquiry. The report, published in 2019, cited CLOSER's evidence and helped inform a recommendation in government. 8. In 2019, CLOSER submitted written evidence to the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Social Media and Young People's Mental Health and Wellbeing inquiry into how to manage the impact of social media on young people's mental health and wellbeing. The APPG's report, published in March 2019, cited CLOSER's evidence a number of times and CLOSER's recommendations for action were adopted by the APPG, which subsequently led to recommendations urging the government to fund and conduct more longitudinal research in this area. One of the main policy recommendations in the APPG report was to "Urgently commission robust, longitudinal research, into understanding the extent to which the impact of social media on young people's mental health and wellbeing is one of cause or correlation". CLOSER's evidence was also cited in a Barnardo's high-profile report 'Left to their own devices', published in June 2019. 9. In January 2019, CLOSER's written evidence submission was cited in the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee Fourteenth Report: Impact of social media and screen-use on young people's health (HC 822). CLOSER's recommendations for action were adopted by the Committee and helped to inform a number of recommendations to Government, including the need for social media companies to make anonymised high-level data available, for research purposes, to bona fide researchers and that the government should commission further research into the long-term consequences of social media and screen-use exposure on young persons. The Government response, published in May 2019, agreed to convene a research seminar to identify the avenues for undertaking and funding future research on the relationship between social media and young people's health and help support the developing evidence base around screen time by providing access to anonymised data to researchers. 10. In 2020, CLOSER's written evidence was cited in the House of Lords Social and Economic Impact of the Gambling Industry Select Committee inquiry report, which included a dedicated section on longitudinal surveys acknowledging their unique nature and value. The report recommendations clearly reflected those in CLOSER's evidence to the Committee, including the need for a new longitudinal study and improved access to the data that gambling companies hold for research purposes. 11. In May 2020, CLOSER created a new COVID-19 Taskforce to capture and showcase the response of UK Longitudinal Population Studies (LPS) to the COVID-19 pandemic, increase the visibility of UK LPS and research, provide resources for researchers, generate insights for policy and decision makers, and make COVID-19 data discoverable. Several established organisations for researchers including the UK Data Service, the Scottish Centre for Administrative Data Research, and Campaign for Social Science cited CLOSER's COVID-19 Longitudinal Research Hub as a key resource as well as the NHS Strategy Unit in their rapid evidence review: Prospective and longitudinal studies exploring the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Department for Education (DfE) cited the Hub in their October 2020 report: State of the nation 2020: children and young people's wellbeing research report. 12. In early 2021, two CLOSER COVID-19 Briefing Notes showcased the response of the LPS community to the pandemic and synthesised emerging findings on the impacts of the pandemic on the UK population. Following the response to these from senior parliamentarians and policy makers, the Head of CLOSER's COVID-19 Taskforce was invited to write an article for the Science in Parliament Journal. CLOSER regularly raises awareness of the studies and their findings to audience groups outside academia, as part of its public engagement strategy. Wherever possible these events are filmed and made available via the CLOSER website. Examples include: 1. Promotion of individual work package findings. For instance, an article about obesity published in PLoS Medicine in 2015 (resulting from one of CLOSER's data harmonisation work packages) gained extensive press coverage with over 30 online reports, an interview on BBC Radio London and a podcast interview for the 'Child of our Time' blog. Another paper published in August 2017, outlining that men from poor backgrounds have lower earnings and are twice as likely to be single as those from rich families, resulted in interviews on the BBC New Channel and LBC Radio, coverage on BBC News 24 and extensive news coverage online and in print. 2. Alison Park contributed to a session at the 2016 Edinburgh International Science Festival focused on birth cohort studies and what they reveal about the many factors that influence our economic, social and personal development. 3. BBC World Service Forum (January 2016): Alison Park worked with the BBC World Service to put together an episode of The Forum, their flagship discussion programme. The episode focused on 'the long view' and featured Alison and two other speakers. 4. "From 7Up to Social Science - How longitudinal stories help us understand our lives" (November 2015): CLOSER and the team behind the 7Up documentary series discussed how thinking longitudinally can help people understand how society is changing, as part of the ESRC Festival of Social Science. In total 179 people registered for the event, from across academia, the London film community and the general public. 5. In April 2018 CLOSER and the British Library hosted a public event as part of the British Library's 'Food Season' on how we make food choices and the impact these choices have. The event heard from Professor Hazel Inskip, Director of the Southampton Women's Survey, award-winning food writer Felicity Cloake, and chef, blogger and author Anthony Warner (also known as The Angry Chef) and Polly Russell from the British Library. 176 tickets were sold to members of the public.
First Year Of Impact 2015
Sector Communities and Social Services/Policy,Digital/Communication/Information Technologies (including Software),Education,Healthcare,Government, Democracy and Justice
Impact Types Cultural,Societal,Economic,Policy & public services

 
Description Attendance at NHS Digital Reseach Ethics Group to participate in discussion about linkage of NHS Digital data to longitudinal study data (discussion based on prior paper prepared by CLOSER).
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
 
Description Briefed parliamentarians as part of the All-Party Parliamentary Health Group COVID-19 experts briefing series
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a national consultation
URL https://www.policyconnect.org.uk/blog/how-policy-connect-has-been-informing-parliamentarians-during-...
 
Description CLOSER research cited in The current landscape of obesity services: a report from the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Obesity
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Citation in other policy documents
URL https://static1.squarespace.com/static/5975e650be6594496c79e2fb/t/5af9b5cb03ce64f8a7aa20e5/152631444...
 
Description CLOSER research underpins Government's Child Obesity Strategy
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Citation in other policy documents
URL http://www.closer.ac.uk/news-opinion/2016/closer-research-underpins-governments-child-obesity-strate...
 
Description CLOSER response to Government Green Paper consultation - Industrial Strategy: building a Britain fit for the future
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a national consultation
URL https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/industrial-strategy-building-a-britain-fit-for-the-future
 
Description CLOSER response to government consultation: Department for Education Character and Resilience.
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a national consultation
Impact The longitudinal evidence CLOSER highlighted in our submission informed a new guidance framework issued by the Department for Education (DfE) to schools on character education and development for pupils.
URL https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/character-education-framework
 
Description CLOSER response to the Digital Economy Act Consultation on the Code of Practice and Accreditation Criteria Chapter 5: Data Sharing for Research Purposes
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a national consultation
URL https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/digital-economy-act-part-5-data-sharing-codes-and-regula...
 
Description CLOSER response to the HM Government National Geospatial Commission call for evidence
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a national consultation
URL https://www.gov.uk/government/news/government-launch-call-for-evidence-to-be-geospatial-world-leader
 
Description CLOSER response to the National Data Guardian (NDG) consultation on future priorities.
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a national consultation
Impact CLOSER's response to the National Data Guardian's proposed new work priorities helped to shape the future focus of their forward plan.
URL https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/national-data-guardian-a-consultation-on-priorities
 
Description CLOSER's case study cited in UKRI Infrastructure Roadmap Landscape Analysis report
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Citation in other policy documents
URL https://www.ukri.org/files/infrastructure/landscape-analysis-final-web-version/
 
Description CLOSER's written evidence cited a number of times in the APPG on Social Media and Young People's Mental Health and Wellbeing inquiry report into how to manage the impact of social media on young people's mental health and wellbeing.
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Citation in other policy documents
Impact CLOSER's written evidence was cited a number of times in the APPG on Social Media and Young People's Mental Health and Wellbeing inquiry report into how to manage the impact of social media on young people's mental health and wellbeing. CLOSER's recommendations for action were adopted by the APPG, which led to recommendations urging the government to fund and conduct more longitudinal research in this area.
URL https://www.rsph.org.uk/uploads/assets/uploaded/23180e2a-e6b8-4e8d-9e3da2a300525c98.pdf
 
Description CLOSER's written evidence submission to the House of Commons Education Committee Home Education Inquiry
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Citation in other policy documents
URL https://committees.parliament.uk/writtenevidence/14452/html/
 
Description CLOSER's written evidence submitted to the House of Lords Social and Economic Impact of the Gambling Industry Committee Inquiry.
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a national consultation
URL http://data.parliament.uk/writtenevidence/committeeevidence.svc/evidencedocument/gambling-industry-c...
 
Description CLOSER's written evidence submitted to the Women and Equalities Committee inquiry into the mental health of men and boys.
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a national consultation
URL http://data.parliament.uk/writtenevidence/committeeevidence.svc/evidencedocument/women-and-equalitie...
 
Description CLOSER's written evidence to the APPG 2018 APPG Social Media and Young People's Mental Health and Wellbeing Inquiry cited in Barnardo's report 'Left to their own devices'
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Citation in other policy documents
Impact CLOSER written evidence to the 2018 APPG Social Media and Young People's Mental Health and Wellbeing Inquiry (which informed recommendations to government in the 2018 report '#New Filters - to manage the impact of social media and young people's mental health and wellbeing' https://www.rsph.org.uk/our-work/policy/wellbeing/new-filters.html) was also cited as a key piece of evidence in the Barnardo's report 'Left to their own devices: Young people, social media and mental health'.
URL https://www.barnardos.org.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/B51140%2020886_Social%20media_Report_Final_...
 
Description CLOSER, the home of longitudinal research, response to the UK National Data Strategy consultation
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Gave evidence to a government review
URL https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/uk-national-data-strategy-nds-consultation/uk-national-d...
 
Description Cabinet Office Research Code of Practice and Accreditation Criteria
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Citation in other policy documents
URL https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/digital-economy-act-part-5-data-sharing-codes-and-regula...
 
Description Change in Information Commissioner's Office code of practice guidance on data protection following the Data Protection Act 2018
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
Impact CLOSER work on the need for clearer and changed regulatory guidance regarding data retention (see Boyd et al. 2018, available from: https://wellcomeopenresearch.org/articles/3-112/v1) led to a change in official guidance from the Information Commissioner's Office (see https://ico.org.uk/for-organisations/guide-to-data-protection/guide-to-the-general-data-protection-regulation-gdpr/principles/storage-limitation/). This has the potential to help safeguard data which could be used as research resources of the future.
URL https://ico.org.uk/for-organisations/guide-to-data-protection/guide-to-the-general-data-protection-r...
 
Description Citation in 'A New Data Protection Bill: Statement of Intent'
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Citation in other policy documents
URL https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/635900/2017-08-07_DP_Bill_...
 
Description Citation in House of Commons Health and Social Care Committee Thirteenth Report of Session 2017-19: First 1000 days of life
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Citation in other policy documents
URL https://publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201719/cmselect/cmhealth/1496/1496.pdf
 
Description Citation in House of Commons Library Debate Pack Briefing (Anti-bullying week)
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Citation in other policy documents
URL http://researchbriefings.files.parliament.uk/documents/CDP-2017-0237/CDP-2017-0237.pdf
 
Description Citation in House of Commons Library Debate Pack Briefing (Social Mobility in Wales)
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Citation in other policy documents
URL http://researchbriefings.files.parliament.uk/documents/CDP-2017-0261/CDP-2017-0261.pdf
 
Description Citation in House of Commons Library Debate Pack: Anti-bullying week
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Citation in other policy documents
URL http://researchbriefings.files.parliament.uk/documents/CDP-2018-0243/CDP-2018-0243.pdf
 
Description Citation in House of Commons Science and Technology Committee Fourteenth Report of Session 2017-19: Impact of social media and screen-use on young people's health
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Citation in other policy documents
URL https://publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201719/cmselect/cmsctech/822/822.pdf
 
Description Citation in NHS Strategy Unit Rapid scan 7: Prospective and longitudinal studies exploring the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Citation in other policy documents
URL https://www.strategyunitwm.nhs.uk/sites/default/files/2020-07/20200716%20Evidence%20rapid%20scan%207...
 
Description Citation in the Department for Education (DfE) State of the nation 2020: children and young people's wellbeing research report.
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Citation in other policy documents
Impact The 'State of the nation 2020: children and young people's wellbeing' draws on COVID-19 survey data from the Millenium Cohort Study and UK Household Longitudinal Study. The CLOSER COVID-19 Longitudinal Research Hub is cited in the 'Future Research' section (page 23): Future Research This State of the Nation report is an initial review of children and young people's wellbeing during this time. Further analysis of information collected about children and young people's wellbeing in 2020, for example in the Mental Health of Children and Young People survey6, the UK Household Longitudinal Study7 and Longitudinal cohort studies8, will provide greater insight into the variety of experiences of children and young people. In the longer term, there will also be more evidence both on significant longer- term impacts for specific groups of children, for example those parentally bereaved, and on children and young people's resilience to lasting effects from this time. 6 Mental Health of Children and Young People in England, 2020: Wave 1 follow up to the 2017 survey 7 UK Household Longitudinal Study, COVID-19 Survey 8 For example: Centre for Longitudinal Studies COVID-19 Survey and CLOSER COVID-19 Longitudinal Research Hub
URL https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/9253...
 
Description Citation in the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee Eleventh Report of Session 2017-19: Evidence-based early years intervention
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Citation in other policy documents
URL https://publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201719/cmselect/cmsctech/506/506.pdf
 
Description Citation of CLOSER work in annual report of the chief medical officer
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Citation in other policy documents
 
Description Citation of CLOSER's measures of body size and body compisition work package (WP1) in the Annual report of the Chief Medical Officer 2018: Health 2040 - Better health within reach
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Citation in other policy documents
URL https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/7675...
 
Description Contributor to The Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology POSTnote: Unpaid Care
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Citation in other policy documents
URL https://researchbriefings.parliament.uk/ResearchBriefing/Summary/POST-PN-0582
 
Description Discussion in the House of Lords of the 2017 CLOSER/APHG event on developing a long-term strategy to reduce the harm from alcohol consumption
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Citation in other policy documents
URL https://hansard.parliament.uk/Lords/2017-03-30/debates/D3A93C1E-77E4-443E-980E-667FA5330175/AlcoholA...
 
Description External reviewer for the Parliamentary Office for Research and Technology (POST) publication 'Understanding Research Evidence'
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Citation in other policy documents
URL https://post.parliament.uk/understanding-research-evidence/
 
Description External reviewer of The Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology POSTnote: Developing Non-Academic Skills
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
URL https://researchbriefings.parliament.uk/ResearchBriefing/Summary/POST-PN-0583
 
Description External reviewer of The Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology POSTnote: Parental Alcohol Misuse and Children
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
URL https://researchbriefings.parliament.uk/ResearchBriefing/Summary/POST-PN-0570
 
Description Influencing the governments approach to accessing administrative data and linkage to longitudinal surveys
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Citation in other policy documents
URL https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/535063/better_use_of_data_...
 
Description Influencing the governments approach to accessing administrative data and linkage to longitudinal surveys (2)
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Implementation circular/rapid advice/letter to e.g. Ministry of Health
URL https://data.blog.gov.uk/2016/07/07/data-access-legislation-and-data-reform/
 
Description Joint response to the Department for Culture, Media and Sport Call for Views: GDPR Derogations
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Implementation circular/rapid advice/letter to e.g. Ministry of Health
URL https://wellcome.ac.uk/sites/default/files/general-data-protection-regulation-derogations.pdf
 
Description Leading joint academic-NHS review on methods to onward share linked NHS records
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
Impact A joint piece of work between CLOSER (led by Andy Boyd & Alison Park) and NHS Digital (led by Garry Coleman & Estelle Spence) through the NHS Digital Research Advisory Group. The work included conducting a stakeholder needs analysis amongst the longitudinal studies community (two workshops held) and a report generated. The findings are leading to a clearer and more efficient mechanisms to maximise the research value of the secondary use of routine health records in order to develop and more effective and efficient NHS.
URL https://digital.nhs.uk/services/research-advisory-group
 
Description POSTbrief: Academic Evidence on Selective Secondary Education
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Citation in other policy documents
URL http://researchbriefings.parliament.uk/ResearchBriefing/Summary/POST-PB-0022
 
Description POSTnote: Dietary Advice, Pregnancy & Breastfeeding - CLOSER evidence summary citation
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Citation in other policy documents
URL http://researchbriefings.files.parliament.uk/documents/POST-PN-0551/POST-PN-0551.pdf
 
Description Panellist at the CLOSER Policy event - Tackling mental health problems in children and young people: the importance of early intervention. All-Party Parliamentary Health Group. Westminster
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
 
Description Policy Paper: National Data Strategy
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a national consultation
Impact CLOSER's programme of engagement with the development of the UK National Data Strategy came to fruition with the publication of a new Framework Strategy (which reflected CLOSER's previous work and initial consultation response narrative, for example on the need for meta data and potential of linkage) and consultation.
URL https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/uk-national-data-strategy/national-data-strategy
 
Description Response to the UK Government Early years healthy development review call for evidence
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a national consultation
URL https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/early-years-healthy-development-review-call-for-evidence
 
Description The House of Lords Select Committee on the Social and Economic Impact of the Gambling Industry
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Citation in other policy documents
Impact CLOSER's written evidence was cited in the House of Lords Social and Economic Impact of the Gambling Industry Select Committee inquiry report, which included a dedicated section on longitudinal surveys acknowledging their unique nature and value. The report recommendations clearly reflected those in CLOSER's evidence to the Committee, including the need for a new longitudinal study and improved access to the data that gambling companies hold for research purposes.
URL https://publications.parliament.uk/pa/ld5801/ldselect/ldgamb/79/7902.htm
 
Description Wriiten evidence submitted by CLOSER to the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Obesity inquiry into the current landscape of obesity services
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a national consultation
URL https://www.obesityappg.com/inquiries
 
Description Written evidence submitted by CLOSER to the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Social Media and Young People's Mental Health and Wellbeing inquiry into managing the impact of social media on young people's mental health and wellbeing
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a national consultation
URL https://www.rsph.org.uk/our-work/campaigns/status-of-mind/appg/inquiry.html
 
Description Written evidence submitted by CLOSER to the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee inquiry into the social impact of participation in culture and sport
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a national consultation
URL https://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/commons-select/digital-culture-media-an...
 
Description Written evidence submitted by CLOSER to the House of Commons Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee inquiry into The social impact of participation in culture and sport
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a national consultation
URL http://data.parliament.uk/writtenevidence/committeeevidence.svc/evidencedocument/digital-culture-med...
 
Description Written evidence submitted by CLOSER to the House of Commons Education Committee
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a national consultation
URL http://data.parliament.uk/writtenevidence/committeeevidence.svc/evidencedocument/education-committee...
 
Description Written evidence submitted by CLOSER to the House of Commons Health and Social Care Committee inquiry into Childhood Obesity
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a national consultation
URL http://data.parliament.uk/writtenevidence/committeeevidence.svc/evidencedocument/health-and-social-c...
 
Description Written evidence submitted by CLOSER to the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee E-cigarettes inquiry
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a national consultation
URL http://data.parliament.uk/writtenevidence/committeeevidence.svc/evidencedocument/science-and-technol...
 
Description Written evidence submitted by CLOSER to the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee Evidence-based early-years intervention inquiry
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a national consultation
URL http://data.parliament.uk/writtenevidence/committeeevidence.svc/evidencedocument/science-and-technol...
 
Description Written evidence submitted by CLOSER to the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee inquiry into the impact of social media and screen-use on young people's health
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a national consultation
URL http://data.parliament.uk/writtenevidence/committeeevidence.svc/evidencedocument/science-and-technol...
 
Description Written evidence submitted to the House of Commons Health and Social Care Committee inquiry into the First 1000 days of life
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a national consultation
URL http://data.parliament.uk/writtenevidence/committeeevidence.svc/evidencedocument/health-and-social-c...
 
Description (ECDP) - European Cohort Development Project
Amount € 2,048,880 (EUR)
Funding ID 777449 
Organisation European Commission 
Sector Public
Country European Union (EU)
Start 01/2018 
End 12/2019
 
Description Adolescence, digital technology and mental health care: exploring opportunity and harm.
Amount £100,809 (GBP)
Funding ID MR/T046716/1 
Organisation Medical Research Council (MRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 04/2020 
End 03/2021
 
Description Automating capturing structured content from questionnaires
Amount £81,500 (GBP)
Funding ID ES/K000357/1 
Organisation Economic and Social Research Council 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 02/2021 
End 07/2021
 
Description CLOSER GCRF Senior Research Associate Post
Amount £304,886 (GBP)
Funding ID ES/R008086/1 
Organisation Economic and Social Research Council 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 07/2018 
End 07/2021
 
Description CLOSER review of the provision and organisation of data analysis training for users of longitudinal studies
Amount £9,999 (GBP)
Organisation Economic and Social Research Council 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 03/2019 
End 03/2019
 
Description Cohort and Longitudinal Studies Enhancement Resources (CLOSER)
Amount £7,025,947 (GBP)
Funding ID ES/K000357/1 
Organisation Economic and Social Research Council 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 10/2012 
End 09/2020
 
Description Cohort and Longitudinal Studies Enhancement Resources (CLOSER)
Amount £8,225,759 (GBP)
Funding ID ES/K000357/1 
Organisation Economic and Social Research Council 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 09/2012 
End 03/2021
 
Description Cohort and Longitudinal Studies Enhancement Resources (CLOSER) - 12 month extension (2021/22)
Amount £1,223,110 (GBP)
Funding ID ES/K000357/1 
Organisation Economic and Social Research Council 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 04/2021 
End 03/2022
 
Description Cohort and Longitudinal Studies Enhancement Resources (CLOSER) - World Class Laboratory
Amount £156,945 (GBP)
Funding ID ES/K000357/1 
Organisation Economic and Social Research Council 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 10/2020 
End 03/2021
 
Description ESRC Strategic Investments - International Networking Competition
Amount £17,700 (GBP)
Organisation Economic and Social Research Council 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 09/2018 
End 03/2019
 
Description Educational animations on the CLOSER Learning Hub
Amount £20,000 (GBP)
Organisation Economic and Social Research Council 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 03/2019 
End 03/2019
 
Description Exploring community resilience assets in Wales during the COVID-19 outbreak
Amount £180,000 (GBP)
Organisation The Health Foundation 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2021 
End 01/2022
 
Description H2020-EU.1.4.1.1. - Developing new world-class research infrastructures
Amount € 4,246,225 (EUR)
Funding ID 777449 
Organisation European Commission H2020 
Sector Public
Country Belgium
Start 01/2018 
End 06/2019
 
Description LONGITUDINAL ADMINISTRATIVE DATA SPINE SCOPING PROJECT GRANT FOR THE SPF UK POPULATION LAB WAVE I
Amount £236,901 (GBP)
Funding ID ES/S016732/1 
Organisation Economic and Social Research Council 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 12/2018 
End 03/2019
 
Description Machine learning to enhance metadata in cohort studies
Amount £20,000 (GBP)
Funding ID ST/S003916/1 
Organisation Science and Technologies Facilities Council (STFC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 02/2021 
End 07/2021
 
Description Twins UK (2019-2023) - An Epidemiological and Genomic Resource
Amount £3,000,000 (GBP)
Funding ID 212904/Z/18/Z 
Organisation Wellcome Trust 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2019 
End 06/2022
 
Description UCL Institute of Education seed funding - longitudinal studies and political behaviour
Amount £3,000 (GBP)
Organisation University College London 
Department Institute of Education (IOE)
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2017 
End 09/2017
 
Description UK Birth Cohorts as a Platform for Ground Truth in Mental Health Data Science
Amount £120,845 (GBP)
Organisation Alan Turing Institute 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2019 
End 12/2020
 
Description Using social media linkage for high-resolution longitudinal measurement of mental health
Amount £1,500,000 (GBP)
Organisation Medical Research Council (MRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 03/2018 
End 03/2020
 
Title CLOSER Discovery 
Description CLOSER Discovery is a metadata discovery platform for UK longitudinal studies. It provides a granularity of information that is significantly more than is available on other comparable infrastructures. This includes: - refinement in the rendering of summary statistics of the variables in datasets - the availability of the full question or measurement , and the logic of the implementation of the data collection - tagging of all questions and variables to a consistent ontology (based on ELSST and MeSH) - rendering of the components of derived variables - consistent tagging of data collection mode - consistent tagging of life stage of the data collection - full text search of metadata elements - capacity to create lists of variables and questions (including associated metadata) for sharing and reuse - an API which can be used to harvest metadata for re-use on other platforms 
Type Of Material Improvements to research infrastructure 
Year Produced 2013 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact Over the period January 2017- January 2021, the number of users by both page views and number of sessions has increased by a factor of 10. There has been consistent national and international interest in replicating the platform and its functionality with on average 3-4 international studies per year approaching us for advice since 2015. As the largest infrastructure (internationally) that has publicly available interoperable questionnaire metadata, we are regularly approached for advice on the development of question banks and the representation of longitudinal metadata. A number of studies have invested in new technology to improve metadata management processes that align with both their needs and the information requirements of CLOSER. The question metadata has been requested for the development of the CESSDA Question Bank 
URL https://discovery.closer.ac.uk
 
Title The CLOSER COVID-19 Taskforce and Longitudinal Research Hub 
Description Created in May 2020, CLOSER's COVID-19 Taskforce was set up with the following aims: 1. Capturing the response of UK LPS to the pandemic 2. Increasing the visibility of UK LPS and research 3. Providing resources for researchers 4. Generating insights for policy and decision makers 5. Making COVID-19 data discoverable. The COVID-19 Longitudinal Research Hub (launched in June 2020) was developed to act as a one-stop resource for researchers, parliamentarians, and policy makers, now and in the future. The Hub contains all the new LPS COVID-19 surveys, data releases, a searchable research publications tracker, evidence briefing notes, and expert opinion, all in one place. 
Type Of Material Improvements to research infrastructure 
Year Produced 2020 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact In just under a year, the COVID-19 Taskforce has delivered multiple outputs and generated significant outcomes across CLOSER's main areas of work (data, research knowledge exchange, policy impact). Since its launch in June 2020, the Hub has established itself as a trusted source for information and insights across the research and policy landscapes. Several established organisations for researchers including the UK Data Service, the Scottish Centre for Administrative Data Research, and Campaign for Social Science all cited the Hub as a key resource as well as the NHS Strategy Unit in their rapid evidence review: Prospective and longitudinal studies exploring the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Department for Education (DfE) cited the Hub in their October 2020 report: State of the nation 2020: children and young people's wellbeing research report. The Hub was also featured in a number of newsletters, including from the National Centre for Research Methods and COVID-Minds Network. Other notable highlights include: 1. Two CLOSER COVID-19 Briefing Notes showcased the response of the LPS community to the pandemic and synthesised emerging findings on the impacts of the pandemic on the UK population. Following the response to these from senior parliamentarians and policy makers, the Head of CLOSER's COVID-19 Taskforce was invited to write an article for the Science in Parliament Journal. 2. CLOSER's Director briefed parliamentarians on the response of LPS to the pandemic and showcased CLOSER's COVID-19 Hub at an All-Party Parliamentary Health Group webinar session. 3. CLOSER's written evidence submission to the Home Education Inquiry was accepted by the House of Commons Education Select Committee and is now published on UK Parliament. 4. In November 2020, CLOSER bought together COVID-19 metadata from seven LPS studies in one place in CLOSER Discovery to allow users to discover and explore COVID-19 questions and variables spanning topics including physical and mental health, education, employment and housing. 5. In July 2020, CLOSER hosted The future of data collection in longitudinal population studies: during and after COVID-19 webinar. The event was attended by 60 delegates representing 26 different LPS and organisations; a meeting report was also made publicly available for the wider LPS community. In September 2020 CLOSER utilised its Data Linkage Working Group to host a Longitudinal Linkage Collaboration (LLC) meeting, with attendance from 24 different LPS and organisations. 6. The COVID-19 Research aTracker, part of the Hub (updated on a weekly basis), contains the latest longitudinal research and evidence, including briefing notes, reports, academic publications and articles. The Tracker now includes over 150 publications, categorised by study, topic, and geographical coverage 
URL https://www.closer.ac.uk/covid19-longitudinal-research-hub/
 
Title The Catalogue of Mental Health Measures 
Description The Catalogue of Mental Health Measures is designed to provide easy access to information about the mental health measures included in British cohort and longitudinal studies to maximise the uptake of existing data and facilitate mental health research. By providing details of the measures and studies, the catalogue serves as a resource for researchers 1) identifying datasets that include mental health and wellbeing measures; 2) planning harmonisation studies; 3) planning further data collection. The resource is also intended for researchers who may be less familiar with mental health or from other disciplines - demographers, economists, urbanist, linguists and others. To support these researchers, the catalogue also provides information about additional training and support for conducting longitudinal mental health research. 
Type Of Material Improvements to research infrastructure 
Year Produced 2019 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact Benefiting researchers and funders: Our new resource will be useful for as well as principal investigators and funding bodies. The Catalogue may be particularly useful for early career researchers utilising data that has already collected and researchers less familiar with the mental health field - but it may also hold some surprises for experienced mental health researchers! Easy access to detailed information: Longitudinal study designs are advantageous as they allow for closely examining patterns of change and the influence of earlier life circumstances on later outcomes, as well as providing insight into causal mechanisms and processes. The Catalogue provides mental health researchers with easy access to detailed information about thousands of valuable measures of mental health in over 30 UK cohort and longitudinal studies. The search engine gives users the opportunity to explore by study, mental health topic and symptom, as well as by standard instruments, such as the General Health Questionnaire. Researchers can use the catalogue to identify specific measures collected in a range of different longitudinal study types, including representative samples, birth cohorts, twin studies, ageing studies, and studies focusing on specific mental health problems. Researchers in the early stages of their career, who may not have the opportunity to collect new data first-hand, will find the Catalogue's focus on existing data particularly helpful. The Catalogue allows users to explore established studies, quickly access detailed information about the mental health measures they have collected, and thus potentially identify previously unknown resources of use for their research. 
URL https://www.cataloguementalhealth.ac.uk/
 
Title ALSPAC Harmonised Height & Weight Dataset 
Description Harmonised Height, Weight and BMI in Five Longitudinal Cohort Studies: Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children: Special Licence Access 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2017 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact Several publications 
URL https://discover.ukdataservice.ac.uk/catalogue/?sn=8208&type=Data%20catalogue
 
Title BCS70 - 10 Year location of residence 
Description 1970 British Cohort Study: Ten-Year Follow-Up, 1980: Geographical Identifiers: Secure Access 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2017 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact None as yet 
URL https://discover.ukdataservice.ac.uk/catalogue/?sn=8211&type=Data%20catalogue
 
Title Consistent Schools Database (WP5) 
Description As part of the CLOSER's project to link educational data (Work Package 5), the 'consistent schools database' (CSD) was created to enable researchers to track the performance of schools more accurately and help paint a clearer picture of education in England. The resource provides data on school performance, alongside information on school mergers, splits, closures, openings, and changes in school status from 1999 to 2014. 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2018 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact There have been requests for access to the database from researchers. For example, from a project interested in linking school choice to neighbourhood and school segregation, and a project looking at the nature and quality of schools that looked after children attend and whether this changes over time. 
URL https://www.closer.ac.uk/work-package-5-csd
 
Title Harmonised Childhood Environment and Adult Wellbeing Measures in Three Longitudinal Cohort Studies: 1970 British Cohort Study 
Description The Harmonised Childhood Environment and Adult Wellbeing Measures in Three Longitudinal Cohort Studies: 1970 British Cohort Study provides the harmonisation of childhood environment and adult wellbeing measures for BCS70. 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2019 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact This dataset has been used in a number of academic publications. 
URL https://beta.ukdataservice.ac.uk/datacatalogue/studies/study?id=8553
 
Title Harmonised Childhood Environment and Adult Wellbeing Measures in Three Longitudinal Cohort Studies: MRC National Survey of Health and Development: Special Licence Access 
Description The Harmonised Childhood Environment and Adult Wellbeing Measures in Three Longitudinal Cohort Studies: MRC National Survey of Health and Development: Special Licence Access provides the harmonisation of childhood environment and adult wellbeing measures for NSHD. 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2019 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact This dataset has been used in a number of academic publications. 
URL https://beta.ukdataservice.ac.uk/datacatalogue/studies/study?id=8548
 
Title Harmonised Childhood Environment and Adult Wellbeing Measures in Three Longitudinal Cohort Studies: National Child Development Study 
Description The Harmonised Childhood Environment and Adult Wellbeing Measures in Three Longitudinal Cohort Studies: National Child Development Study provides the harmonisation of childhood environment and adult wellbeing measures for NCDS. 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2019 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact This dataset has been used in a number of academic publications. 
URL https://beta.ukdataservice.ac.uk/datacatalogue/studies/study?id=8552
 
Title Harmonised Height, Weight and BMI in Five Longitudinal Cohort Studies: 1970 British Cohort Study 
Description The Harmonised Height, Weight and BMI in Five Longitudinal Cohort Studies: 1970 British Cohort Study provides the harmonised data on height, weight and BMI for BCS70, now with revised metadata, expanded documentation and with the derivation code files included in the deposit. An earlier version of these data were previously made available in a joint dataset with data from the National Child Development Study and the Millennium Cohort Study. 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2019 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact An earlier version of this output has been used in a number of academic publications. 
URL https://beta.ukdataservice.ac.uk/datacatalogue/studies/study?id=8551
 
Title Harmonised Height, Weight and BMI in Five Longitudinal Cohort Studies: Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children: Special Licence Access 
Description The Harmonised Height, Weight and BMI in Five Longitudinal Cohort Studies: Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children: Special Licence Access provides the harmonised data on height, weight and BMI for ALSPAC, now with revised metadata, expanded documentation and with the derivation code files included in the deposit. 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2019 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact An earlier version of this output has been used in a number of academic publications. 
URL https://beta.ukdataservice.ac.uk/datacatalogue/studies/study?id=8208
 
Title Harmonised Height, Weight and BMI in Five Longitudinal Cohort Studies: MRC National Survey of Health and Development: Special Licence Access 
Description The Harmonised Height, Weight and BMI in Five Longitudinal Cohort Studies: MRC National Survey of Health and Development: Special Licence Access provides the harmonised data on height, weight and BMI for NSHD, now with revised metadata, expanded documentation and with the derivation code files included in the deposit. 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2019 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact An earlier version of this output has been used in a number of academic publications. 
URL https://beta.ukdataservice.ac.uk/datacatalogue/studies/study?id=8209
 
Title Harmonised Height, Weight and BMI in Five Longitudinal Cohort Studies: Millennium Cohort Study 
Description The Harmonised Height, Weight and BMI in Five Longitudinal Cohort Studies: Millennium Cohort Study provides the harmonised data on height, weight and BMI for MCS, now with revised metadata, expanded documentation and with the derivation code files included in the deposit. An earlier version of these data were previously made available in a joint dataset with data from the National Child Development Study and the 1970 British Cohort Study. 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2019 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact An earlier version of this output has been used in a number of academic publications. 
URL https://beta.ukdataservice.ac.uk/datacatalogue/studies/study?id=8550
 
Title Harmonised Height, Weight and BMI in Five Longitudinal Cohort Studies: National Child Development Study 
Description The Harmonised Height, Weight and BMI in Five Longitudinal Cohort Studies: National Child Development Study provides the harmonised data on height, weight and BMI for NCDS, now with revised metadata, expanded documentation and with the derivation code files included in the deposit. An earlier version of these data were previously made available in a joint dataset with data from the 1970 British Cohort Study and the Millennium Cohort Study. 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2019 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact An earlier version of this output has been used in a number of academic publications. 
URL https://beta.ukdataservice.ac.uk/datacatalogue/studies/study?id=8549
 
Title Harmonised Socio-Economic Measures in Four Longitudinal Cohort Studies: 1970 British Cohort Study 
Description The Harmonised Socio-Economic Measures in Four Longitudinal Cohort Studies: 1970 British Cohort Study provides the harmonised socio-economic measures for the BCS70, now with revised metadata, expanded documentation and with the derivation code files included in the deposit. 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2019 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact An earlier version of this output has been used in a number of academic publications. 
URL https://beta.ukdataservice.ac.uk/datacatalogue/studies/study?id=8305
 
Title Harmonised Socio-Economic Measures in Four Longitudinal Cohort Studies: MRC National Survey of Health and Development: Special Licence Access 
Description The Harmonised Socio-Economic Measures in Four Longitudinal Cohort Studies: MRC National Survey of Health and Development: Special Licence Access provides the harmonised socio-economic measures for the NSHD, now with revised metadata, expanded documentation and with the derivation code files included in the deposit. 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2019 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact An earlier version of this output has been used in a number of academic publications. 
URL https://beta.ukdataservice.ac.uk/datacatalogue/studies/study?id=8308
 
Title Harmonised Socio-Economic Measures in Four Longitudinal Cohort Studies: Millennium Cohort Study 
Description The Harmonised Socio-Economic Measures in Four Longitudinal Cohort Studies: Millennium Cohort Study provides the harmonised socio-economic measures for the MCS, now with revised metadata, expanded documentation and with the derivation code files included in the deposit. 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2019 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact An earlier version of this output has been used in a number of academic publications. 
URL https://beta.ukdataservice.ac.uk/datacatalogue/studies/study?id=8306
 
Title Harmonised Socio-Economic Measures in Four Longitudinal Cohort Studies: National Child Development Study 
Description The Harmonised Socio-Economic Measures in Four Longitudinal Cohort Studies: National Child Development Study provides the harmonised socio-economic measures for the NCDS, now with revised metadata, expanded documentation and with the derivation code files included in the deposit. 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2019 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact An earlier version of this output has been used in a number of academic publications. 
URL https://beta.ukdataservice.ac.uk/datacatalogue/studies/study?id=8307
 
Title MCS Harmonised Socio-economic measures 
Description This dataset comprises harmonised socio-economic measures from the Millennium Cohort Study (MCS). 3 other datasets are available using the same harmonised measures; for the National Survey of Health and Development (NSHD), the 1970 British Cohort Study (BCS70), and the National Child Development Study (NCDS). 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2018 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact Journal articles 
URL https://discover.ukdataservice.ac.uk/catalogue/?sn=8306&type=Data%20catalogue
 
Title NCDS Harmonised Socio-economic measures 
Description This dataset comprises harmonised socio-economic measures from the National Child Development Study (NCDS). 3 other datasets are available using the same harmonised measures; for the National Survey of Health and Development (NSHD), the 1970 British Cohort Study (BCS70), and the Millennium Cohort Study (MCS). 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2018 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact Journal articles. 
URL https://discover.ukdataservice.ac.uk/catalogue/?sn=8306&type=Data%20catalogue
 
Title NCDS Training Dataset 
Description National Child Development Study: CLOSER Training Dataset, 1958-2013 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2017 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact The dataset is used as a resource on the CLOSER Learning Hub 
URL https://discover.ukdataservice.ac.uk/catalogue/?sn=8205&type=Data%20catalogue
 
Title NCDS age 16 location of residence 
Description National Child Development Study: Sweep 3, 1971 Census Boundaries, 1974: Geographical Identifiers: Secure Access 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2017 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact None as yet 
URL https://discover.ukdataservice.ac.uk/catalogue/?sn=8218&type=Data%20catalogue
 
Title NCDS, BCS70 & MCS Harmonised Height & Weight Dataset 
Description Harmonised Height, Weight and BMI in Five Longitudinal Cohort Studies: National Child Development Study, 1970 British Cohort Study and Millennium Cohort Study 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2017 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact Several publications 
URL https://discover.ukdataservice.ac.uk/catalogue/?sn=8207&type=Data%20catalogue
 
Title NSHD Harmionised Height & Weight Dataset 
Description Harmonised Height, Weight and BMI in Five Longitudinal Cohort Studies: MRC National Survey of Health and Development: Special Licence Access 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2017 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact Several publications 
URL https://discover.ukdataservice.ac.uk/catalogue/?sn=8209&type=Data%20catalogue
 
Title NSHD Harmonised Socio-economic measures 
Description This dataset comprises harmonised socio-economic measures from the National Survey of Health and Development (NSHD). 3 other datasets are available using the same harmonised measures; for the National Child Development Study (NCDS); the 1970 British Cohort Study (BCS70), and the Millennium Cohort Study (MCS). 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2018 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact Journal articles. 
URL https://discover.ukdataservice.ac.uk/catalogue/?sn=8308&type=Data%20catalogue
 
Description ADRN Theme Partner - Growing Old 
Organisation Administrative Data Research Network
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Invited to be partner in ADRN 'Growing old' Theme - to contribute to the identification and design of a new administrative dataset focused on ageing.
Collaborator Contribution The ADRN has identified 4 themes to focus upon with the intention of creating new data resources. The partners identified for each Theme are tasked with identifying the most important social and economic issues in each Theme, considering the insights needed to understand and address them, and then designing new data resources to support the creation of those insights.
Impact Initial design options for a new 'Growing Old' data resource.
Start Year 2017
 
Description Advanced Courses and Scientific Conferences- Longitudinal Studies Conference Scientific Organising Committee 
Organisation Wellcome Genome Campus
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Rebecca Hardy is an invited member of the Scientific Organising Committee for the scientific conference in collaboration with the Wellcome Genome Campus Advanced Courses and Scientific Conferences. This has involved selecting topics, speakers and marking and selecting contributed abstracts as well as chairing and moderating sessions at the virtual conference.
Collaborator Contribution The team at Wellcome organised the logistics of the conference, supporting the Scientific Programme Committee in delivering the conference programme. They organised the technology for the virtual event.
Impact The conference took place 9-12th March 2021.
Start Year 2020
 
Description Advisory group. Longitudinal Study of Teachers. Department for Education. 
Organisation Department for Education
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Rebecca Hardy was invited to sit on the advisory group for the Longitudinal Study of Teachers to advise on the design of the study at Advisory Group Meetings and between meetings as necessary.
Collaborator Contribution The study will collect questionnaire data from a longitudinal sample of teachers.
Impact First meeting of the advisory group took place in January 2021.
Start Year 2021
 
Description CLOSER Advisory Committee 
Organisation Bradford Institute for Health Research (BIHR)
Department Born in Bradford
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution This committee is an independent body, with Secretariat and administration duties for the setting up and running of meetings, development of agendas, and collation of papers managed by CLOSER.
Collaborator Contribution The CLOSER Advisory Committee is the independent body with responsibility to provide high-quality independent strategic advice for the management and future activity of CLOSER. Key roles of the committee include, but are not limited to: provision of expertise on funding opportunities to further develop CLOSER; advise on maximising the use of CLOSER outputs within legal and funder frameworks; provision of strategic support in development of CLOSER's communications and impact strategy; and strategically reviewing CLOSER deliverables, risks and future plans.
Impact The Advisory Committee provides independant strategic advice. The group is multidiscplinary. The membership encompasses: expertise in social science and biomedical science; expertise in management of scientific infrastructure/resources; expertise in technical/information systems; and expertise in communications, public engagement and policy impact.
Start Year 2019
 
Description CLOSER Advisory Committee 
Organisation King's College London
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution This committee is an independent body, with Secretariat and administration duties for the setting up and running of meetings, development of agendas, and collation of papers managed by CLOSER.
Collaborator Contribution The CLOSER Advisory Committee is the independent body with responsibility to provide high-quality independent strategic advice for the management and future activity of CLOSER. Key roles of the committee include, but are not limited to: provision of expertise on funding opportunities to further develop CLOSER; advise on maximising the use of CLOSER outputs within legal and funder frameworks; provision of strategic support in development of CLOSER's communications and impact strategy; and strategically reviewing CLOSER deliverables, risks and future plans.
Impact The Advisory Committee provides independant strategic advice. The group is multidiscplinary. The membership encompasses: expertise in social science and biomedical science; expertise in management of scientific infrastructure/resources; expertise in technical/information systems; and expertise in communications, public engagement and policy impact.
Start Year 2019
 
Description CLOSER Advisory Committee 
Organisation NHS England
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution This committee is an independent body, with Secretariat and administration duties for the setting up and running of meetings, development of agendas, and collation of papers managed by CLOSER.
Collaborator Contribution The CLOSER Advisory Committee is the independent body with responsibility to provide high-quality independent strategic advice for the management and future activity of CLOSER. Key roles of the committee include, but are not limited to: provision of expertise on funding opportunities to further develop CLOSER; advise on maximising the use of CLOSER outputs within legal and funder frameworks; provision of strategic support in development of CLOSER's communications and impact strategy; and strategically reviewing CLOSER deliverables, risks and future plans.
Impact The Advisory Committee provides independant strategic advice. The group is multidiscplinary. The membership encompasses: expertise in social science and biomedical science; expertise in management of scientific infrastructure/resources; expertise in technical/information systems; and expertise in communications, public engagement and policy impact.
Start Year 2019
 
Description CLOSER Advisory Committee 
Organisation Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology [POST]
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution This committee is an independent body, with Secretariat and administration duties for the setting up and running of meetings, development of agendas, and collation of papers managed by CLOSER.
Collaborator Contribution The CLOSER Advisory Committee is the independent body with responsibility to provide high-quality independent strategic advice for the management and future activity of CLOSER. Key roles of the committee include, but are not limited to: provision of expertise on funding opportunities to further develop CLOSER; advise on maximising the use of CLOSER outputs within legal and funder frameworks; provision of strategic support in development of CLOSER's communications and impact strategy; and strategically reviewing CLOSER deliverables, risks and future plans.
Impact The Advisory Committee provides independant strategic advice. The group is multidiscplinary. The membership encompasses: expertise in social science and biomedical science; expertise in management of scientific infrastructure/resources; expertise in technical/information systems; and expertise in communications, public engagement and policy impact.
Start Year 2019
 
Description CLOSER Advisory Committee 
Organisation University of Bristol
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution This committee is an independent body, with Secretariat and administration duties for the setting up and running of meetings, development of agendas, and collation of papers managed by CLOSER.
Collaborator Contribution The CLOSER Advisory Committee is the independent body with responsibility to provide high-quality independent strategic advice for the management and future activity of CLOSER. Key roles of the committee include, but are not limited to: provision of expertise on funding opportunities to further develop CLOSER; advise on maximising the use of CLOSER outputs within legal and funder frameworks; provision of strategic support in development of CLOSER's communications and impact strategy; and strategically reviewing CLOSER deliverables, risks and future plans.
Impact The Advisory Committee provides independant strategic advice. The group is multidiscplinary. The membership encompasses: expertise in social science and biomedical science; expertise in management of scientific infrastructure/resources; expertise in technical/information systems; and expertise in communications, public engagement and policy impact.
Start Year 2019
 
Description CLOSER Advisory Committee 
Organisation University of Edinburgh
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution This committee is an independent body, with Secretariat and administration duties for the setting up and running of meetings, development of agendas, and collation of papers managed by CLOSER.
Collaborator Contribution The CLOSER Advisory Committee is the independent body with responsibility to provide high-quality independent strategic advice for the management and future activity of CLOSER. Key roles of the committee include, but are not limited to: provision of expertise on funding opportunities to further develop CLOSER; advise on maximising the use of CLOSER outputs within legal and funder frameworks; provision of strategic support in development of CLOSER's communications and impact strategy; and strategically reviewing CLOSER deliverables, risks and future plans.
Impact The Advisory Committee provides independant strategic advice. The group is multidiscplinary. The membership encompasses: expertise in social science and biomedical science; expertise in management of scientific infrastructure/resources; expertise in technical/information systems; and expertise in communications, public engagement and policy impact.
Start Year 2019
 
Description CLOSER Data Linkage Network 
Organisation Bradford Institute for Health Research (BIHR)
Department Born in Bradford
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution CLOSER have established a Data Linkage working group for data managers and governance leads. The aim of the working group is to share insights into best practice, discuss emerging opportunities, to share useful materials (precedents, software scripts, data processing protocols) and to work together to help address shared barriers. The working group comprises representatives of the eight CLOSER studies and (to date) the collaborative partners listed above. The need for the group was identified at the 'Preparing for the Future' longitudinal research conference held in 2018.
Collaborator Contribution Contributing insights, precedents and examples of good practice. Knowledge exchange.
Impact 1. Promotion of CLOSER/NHS Digital work led to the Centre for Longitudinal studies changing their approach to onward sharing arrangements with NHS Digital and leading to a successful ammendment to their data sharing contracts. 2. Established contact with the Department for Education to discuss linkage to the Longitudinal Educational Outcome (LEO) dataset. This is furthering understanding of how a linkage arrangements can be designed and implemented.
Start Year 2019
 
Description CLOSER Data Linkage Network 
Organisation Million Women Study
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution CLOSER have established a Data Linkage working group for data managers and governance leads. The aim of the working group is to share insights into best practice, discuss emerging opportunities, to share useful materials (precedents, software scripts, data processing protocols) and to work together to help address shared barriers. The working group comprises representatives of the eight CLOSER studies and (to date) the collaborative partners listed above. The need for the group was identified at the 'Preparing for the Future' longitudinal research conference held in 2018.
Collaborator Contribution Contributing insights, precedents and examples of good practice. Knowledge exchange.
Impact 1. Promotion of CLOSER/NHS Digital work led to the Centre for Longitudinal studies changing their approach to onward sharing arrangements with NHS Digital and leading to a successful ammendment to their data sharing contracts. 2. Established contact with the Department for Education to discuss linkage to the Longitudinal Educational Outcome (LEO) dataset. This is furthering understanding of how a linkage arrangements can be designed and implemented.
Start Year 2019
 
Description CLOSER Data Linkage Network 
Organisation St Thomas' Hospital
Department Twins Research Cohorts from St Thomas' Hospital
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution CLOSER have established a Data Linkage working group for data managers and governance leads. The aim of the working group is to share insights into best practice, discuss emerging opportunities, to share useful materials (precedents, software scripts, data processing protocols) and to work together to help address shared barriers. The working group comprises representatives of the eight CLOSER studies and (to date) the collaborative partners listed above. The need for the group was identified at the 'Preparing for the Future' longitudinal research conference held in 2018.
Collaborator Contribution Contributing insights, precedents and examples of good practice. Knowledge exchange.
Impact 1. Promotion of CLOSER/NHS Digital work led to the Centre for Longitudinal studies changing their approach to onward sharing arrangements with NHS Digital and leading to a successful ammendment to their data sharing contracts. 2. Established contact with the Department for Education to discuss linkage to the Longitudinal Educational Outcome (LEO) dataset. This is furthering understanding of how a linkage arrangements can be designed and implemented.
Start Year 2019
 
Description CLOSER Executive Group 
Organisation The British Library
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution The Executive Group is responsible for overseeing and coordinating CLOSER's work and provides a decision-making function on the work of CLOSER.
Collaborator Contribution Four to six members are drawn from the CLOSER Scientific Leadership Team. Members represent a range of disciplines and include individuals with experience in collection and analysis of cohort data, provision of research and teaching resources, training and capacity building, as well as achieving impact.
Impact Key roles of the Executive Group include, but are not limited to, discussing and providing comment on CLOSER's activities, reviewing and approving papers produced by the CLOSER Management Group, managing risk across the project, as well as supporting the Director in coordinating the work of CLOSER.
Start Year 2012
 
Description CLOSER Executive Group 
Organisation Understanding Society
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution The Executive Group is responsible for overseeing and coordinating CLOSER's work and provides a decision-making function on the work of CLOSER.
Collaborator Contribution Four to six members are drawn from the CLOSER Scientific Leadership Team. Members represent a range of disciplines and include individuals with experience in collection and analysis of cohort data, provision of research and teaching resources, training and capacity building, as well as achieving impact.
Impact Key roles of the Executive Group include, but are not limited to, discussing and providing comment on CLOSER's activities, reviewing and approving papers produced by the CLOSER Management Group, managing risk across the project, as well as supporting the Director in coordinating the work of CLOSER.
Start Year 2012
 
Description CLOSER Executive Group 
Organisation University College London
Department Centre for Longitudinal Studies
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The Executive Group is responsible for overseeing and coordinating CLOSER's work and provides a decision-making function on the work of CLOSER.
Collaborator Contribution Four to six members are drawn from the CLOSER Scientific Leadership Team. Members represent a range of disciplines and include individuals with experience in collection and analysis of cohort data, provision of research and teaching resources, training and capacity building, as well as achieving impact.
Impact Key roles of the Executive Group include, but are not limited to, discussing and providing comment on CLOSER's activities, reviewing and approving papers produced by the CLOSER Management Group, managing risk across the project, as well as supporting the Director in coordinating the work of CLOSER.
Start Year 2012
 
Description CLOSER Executive Group 
Organisation University of Bristol
Department Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children (ALSPAC)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The Executive Group is responsible for overseeing and coordinating CLOSER's work and provides a decision-making function on the work of CLOSER.
Collaborator Contribution Four to six members are drawn from the CLOSER Scientific Leadership Team. Members represent a range of disciplines and include individuals with experience in collection and analysis of cohort data, provision of research and teaching resources, training and capacity building, as well as achieving impact.
Impact Key roles of the Executive Group include, but are not limited to, discussing and providing comment on CLOSER's activities, reviewing and approving papers produced by the CLOSER Management Group, managing risk across the project, as well as supporting the Director in coordinating the work of CLOSER.
Start Year 2012
 
Description CLOSER Executive Group 
Organisation University of Southampton
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The Executive Group is responsible for overseeing and coordinating CLOSER's work and provides a decision-making function on the work of CLOSER.
Collaborator Contribution Four to six members are drawn from the CLOSER Scientific Leadership Team. Members represent a range of disciplines and include individuals with experience in collection and analysis of cohort data, provision of research and teaching resources, training and capacity building, as well as achieving impact.
Impact Key roles of the Executive Group include, but are not limited to, discussing and providing comment on CLOSER's activities, reviewing and approving papers produced by the CLOSER Management Group, managing risk across the project, as well as supporting the Director in coordinating the work of CLOSER.
Start Year 2012
 
Description CLOSER International Advisory Group 
Organisation Economic and Social Research Council
Department ESRC Centre for Economic and Social Aspects of Genomics (Cesagen)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Established a diverse team of senior experts to help us guide the CLOSER International project. Conducted the first meeting on November 27th and planned the next for March 18th, 2019. Members of the AG: ESRC Pamela Mason MRC Gavin Malloch Wellcome Trust Erica Pufall DfID Kerstin Hinds UNICEF, GLORI Network Prerna Banati DataFirst Andrew Kerr Centre for Longitudinal Studies Emla Fitzsimons University of Oxford, links with CSAE Stefan Dercon (Kagera HDS) IFS-EDePo Sonya Krutikova University of Southampton; COHORTS group Caroline Fall UK Data Service Louise Corti
Collaborator Contribution Members of the AG commit to attending AG meetings on an academic term-basis, and provide input into the direction of the project. Propose new directions of work, point towards weak spots in the plan, and suggest points of contact in other institutions that we should be in contact with.
Impact First AG Meeting
Start Year 2018
 
Description CLOSER International Advisory Group 
Organisation Government of the UK
Department Department for International Development (DfID)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Established a diverse team of senior experts to help us guide the CLOSER International project. Conducted the first meeting on November 27th and planned the next for March 18th, 2019. Members of the AG: ESRC Pamela Mason MRC Gavin Malloch Wellcome Trust Erica Pufall DfID Kerstin Hinds UNICEF, GLORI Network Prerna Banati DataFirst Andrew Kerr Centre for Longitudinal Studies Emla Fitzsimons University of Oxford, links with CSAE Stefan Dercon (Kagera HDS) IFS-EDePo Sonya Krutikova University of Southampton; COHORTS group Caroline Fall UK Data Service Louise Corti
Collaborator Contribution Members of the AG commit to attending AG meetings on an academic term-basis, and provide input into the direction of the project. Propose new directions of work, point towards weak spots in the plan, and suggest points of contact in other institutions that we should be in contact with.
Impact First AG Meeting
Start Year 2018
 
Description CLOSER International Advisory Group 
Organisation Institute for Fiscal Studies
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Established a diverse team of senior experts to help us guide the CLOSER International project. Conducted the first meeting on November 27th and planned the next for March 18th, 2019. Members of the AG: ESRC Pamela Mason MRC Gavin Malloch Wellcome Trust Erica Pufall DfID Kerstin Hinds UNICEF, GLORI Network Prerna Banati DataFirst Andrew Kerr Centre for Longitudinal Studies Emla Fitzsimons University of Oxford, links with CSAE Stefan Dercon (Kagera HDS) IFS-EDePo Sonya Krutikova University of Southampton; COHORTS group Caroline Fall UK Data Service Louise Corti
Collaborator Contribution Members of the AG commit to attending AG meetings on an academic term-basis, and provide input into the direction of the project. Propose new directions of work, point towards weak spots in the plan, and suggest points of contact in other institutions that we should be in contact with.
Impact First AG Meeting
Start Year 2018
 
Description CLOSER International Advisory Group 
Organisation Medical Research Council (MRC)
Department Medical Research Council (MRC), MRC/UVRI Unit, Uganda
Country Uganda 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Established a diverse team of senior experts to help us guide the CLOSER International project. Conducted the first meeting on November 27th and planned the next for March 18th, 2019. Members of the AG: ESRC Pamela Mason MRC Gavin Malloch Wellcome Trust Erica Pufall DfID Kerstin Hinds UNICEF, GLORI Network Prerna Banati DataFirst Andrew Kerr Centre for Longitudinal Studies Emla Fitzsimons University of Oxford, links with CSAE Stefan Dercon (Kagera HDS) IFS-EDePo Sonya Krutikova University of Southampton; COHORTS group Caroline Fall UK Data Service Louise Corti
Collaborator Contribution Members of the AG commit to attending AG meetings on an academic term-basis, and provide input into the direction of the project. Propose new directions of work, point towards weak spots in the plan, and suggest points of contact in other institutions that we should be in contact with.
Impact First AG Meeting
Start Year 2018
 
Description CLOSER International Advisory Group 
Organisation UK Data Service
Department Health and Lifestyle Survey
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Established a diverse team of senior experts to help us guide the CLOSER International project. Conducted the first meeting on November 27th and planned the next for March 18th, 2019. Members of the AG: ESRC Pamela Mason MRC Gavin Malloch Wellcome Trust Erica Pufall DfID Kerstin Hinds UNICEF, GLORI Network Prerna Banati DataFirst Andrew Kerr Centre for Longitudinal Studies Emla Fitzsimons University of Oxford, links with CSAE Stefan Dercon (Kagera HDS) IFS-EDePo Sonya Krutikova University of Southampton; COHORTS group Caroline Fall UK Data Service Louise Corti
Collaborator Contribution Members of the AG commit to attending AG meetings on an academic term-basis, and provide input into the direction of the project. Propose new directions of work, point towards weak spots in the plan, and suggest points of contact in other institutions that we should be in contact with.
Impact First AG Meeting
Start Year 2018
 
Description CLOSER International Advisory Group 
Organisation UNICEF
Department UNICEF UK BabyFriendly Initiative
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Established a diverse team of senior experts to help us guide the CLOSER International project. Conducted the first meeting on November 27th and planned the next for March 18th, 2019. Members of the AG: ESRC Pamela Mason MRC Gavin Malloch Wellcome Trust Erica Pufall DfID Kerstin Hinds UNICEF, GLORI Network Prerna Banati DataFirst Andrew Kerr Centre for Longitudinal Studies Emla Fitzsimons University of Oxford, links with CSAE Stefan Dercon (Kagera HDS) IFS-EDePo Sonya Krutikova University of Southampton; COHORTS group Caroline Fall UK Data Service Louise Corti
Collaborator Contribution Members of the AG commit to attending AG meetings on an academic term-basis, and provide input into the direction of the project. Propose new directions of work, point towards weak spots in the plan, and suggest points of contact in other institutions that we should be in contact with.
Impact First AG Meeting
Start Year 2018
 
Description CLOSER International Advisory Group 
Organisation University College London
Department Centre for Longitudinal Studies
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Established a diverse team of senior experts to help us guide the CLOSER International project. Conducted the first meeting on November 27th and planned the next for March 18th, 2019. Members of the AG: ESRC Pamela Mason MRC Gavin Malloch Wellcome Trust Erica Pufall DfID Kerstin Hinds UNICEF, GLORI Network Prerna Banati DataFirst Andrew Kerr Centre for Longitudinal Studies Emla Fitzsimons University of Oxford, links with CSAE Stefan Dercon (Kagera HDS) IFS-EDePo Sonya Krutikova University of Southampton; COHORTS group Caroline Fall UK Data Service Louise Corti
Collaborator Contribution Members of the AG commit to attending AG meetings on an academic term-basis, and provide input into the direction of the project. Propose new directions of work, point towards weak spots in the plan, and suggest points of contact in other institutions that we should be in contact with.
Impact First AG Meeting
Start Year 2018
 
Description CLOSER International Advisory Group 
Organisation University of Cape Town
Department Centre for Infectious Disease Epidemiology and Research
Country South Africa 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Established a diverse team of senior experts to help us guide the CLOSER International project. Conducted the first meeting on November 27th and planned the next for March 18th, 2019. Members of the AG: ESRC Pamela Mason MRC Gavin Malloch Wellcome Trust Erica Pufall DfID Kerstin Hinds UNICEF, GLORI Network Prerna Banati DataFirst Andrew Kerr Centre for Longitudinal Studies Emla Fitzsimons University of Oxford, links with CSAE Stefan Dercon (Kagera HDS) IFS-EDePo Sonya Krutikova University of Southampton; COHORTS group Caroline Fall UK Data Service Louise Corti
Collaborator Contribution Members of the AG commit to attending AG meetings on an academic term-basis, and provide input into the direction of the project. Propose new directions of work, point towards weak spots in the plan, and suggest points of contact in other institutions that we should be in contact with.
Impact First AG Meeting
Start Year 2018
 
Description CLOSER International Advisory Group 
Organisation University of Oxford
Department Oxford University Clinical Academic Graduate School (OUCAGS)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Established a diverse team of senior experts to help us guide the CLOSER International project. Conducted the first meeting on November 27th and planned the next for March 18th, 2019. Members of the AG: ESRC Pamela Mason MRC Gavin Malloch Wellcome Trust Erica Pufall DfID Kerstin Hinds UNICEF, GLORI Network Prerna Banati DataFirst Andrew Kerr Centre for Longitudinal Studies Emla Fitzsimons University of Oxford, links with CSAE Stefan Dercon (Kagera HDS) IFS-EDePo Sonya Krutikova University of Southampton; COHORTS group Caroline Fall UK Data Service Louise Corti
Collaborator Contribution Members of the AG commit to attending AG meetings on an academic term-basis, and provide input into the direction of the project. Propose new directions of work, point towards weak spots in the plan, and suggest points of contact in other institutions that we should be in contact with.
Impact First AG Meeting
Start Year 2018
 
Description CLOSER International Advisory Group 
Organisation University of Southampton
Department University of Southampton Clinical Trials Unit
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Established a diverse team of senior experts to help us guide the CLOSER International project. Conducted the first meeting on November 27th and planned the next for March 18th, 2019. Members of the AG: ESRC Pamela Mason MRC Gavin Malloch Wellcome Trust Erica Pufall DfID Kerstin Hinds UNICEF, GLORI Network Prerna Banati DataFirst Andrew Kerr Centre for Longitudinal Studies Emla Fitzsimons University of Oxford, links with CSAE Stefan Dercon (Kagera HDS) IFS-EDePo Sonya Krutikova University of Southampton; COHORTS group Caroline Fall UK Data Service Louise Corti
Collaborator Contribution Members of the AG commit to attending AG meetings on an academic term-basis, and provide input into the direction of the project. Propose new directions of work, point towards weak spots in the plan, and suggest points of contact in other institutions that we should be in contact with.
Impact First AG Meeting
Start Year 2018
 
Description CLOSER International Advisory Group 
Organisation Wellcome Trust
Department Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Facility (Cambridge)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Established a diverse team of senior experts to help us guide the CLOSER International project. Conducted the first meeting on November 27th and planned the next for March 18th, 2019. Members of the AG: ESRC Pamela Mason MRC Gavin Malloch Wellcome Trust Erica Pufall DfID Kerstin Hinds UNICEF, GLORI Network Prerna Banati DataFirst Andrew Kerr Centre for Longitudinal Studies Emla Fitzsimons University of Oxford, links with CSAE Stefan Dercon (Kagera HDS) IFS-EDePo Sonya Krutikova University of Southampton; COHORTS group Caroline Fall UK Data Service Louise Corti
Collaborator Contribution Members of the AG commit to attending AG meetings on an academic term-basis, and provide input into the direction of the project. Propose new directions of work, point towards weak spots in the plan, and suggest points of contact in other institutions that we should be in contact with.
Impact First AG Meeting
Start Year 2018
 
Description CLOSER Scientific Leadership Team 
Organisation MRC National Survey of Health and Development (NSHD)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The Scientific Leadership Team is established, hosted and chaired by CLOSER.
Collaborator Contribution The Scientific Leadership Team is comprised of Principal Investigators, or nominated deputies, from CLOSER's original eight partner studies who provide scientific advice and guidance to CLOSER.
Impact Key roles of the Scientific Leadership Team include, but are not limited to, providing comment on CLOSER's academic activity including CLOSER work packages, sharing news and innovations from the CLOSER studies and identifying areas for collaboration, commenting on CLOSER's project progress, as well as discussing issues relevant to the longitudinal community.
Start Year 2012
 
Description CLOSER Scientific Leadership Team 
Organisation Millennium Cohort Study (MCS)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The Scientific Leadership Team is established, hosted and chaired by CLOSER.
Collaborator Contribution The Scientific Leadership Team is comprised of Principal Investigators, or nominated deputies, from CLOSER's original eight partner studies who provide scientific advice and guidance to CLOSER.
Impact Key roles of the Scientific Leadership Team include, but are not limited to, providing comment on CLOSER's academic activity including CLOSER work packages, sharing news and innovations from the CLOSER studies and identifying areas for collaboration, commenting on CLOSER's project progress, as well as discussing issues relevant to the longitudinal community.
Start Year 2012
 
Description CLOSER Scientific Leadership Team 
Organisation UK Data Service
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The Scientific Leadership Team is established, hosted and chaired by CLOSER.
Collaborator Contribution The Scientific Leadership Team is comprised of Principal Investigators, or nominated deputies, from CLOSER's original eight partner studies who provide scientific advice and guidance to CLOSER.
Impact Key roles of the Scientific Leadership Team include, but are not limited to, providing comment on CLOSER's academic activity including CLOSER work packages, sharing news and innovations from the CLOSER studies and identifying areas for collaboration, commenting on CLOSER's project progress, as well as discussing issues relevant to the longitudinal community.
Start Year 2012
 
Description CLOSER Scientific Leadership Team 
Organisation Understanding Society
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution The Scientific Leadership Team is established, hosted and chaired by CLOSER.
Collaborator Contribution The Scientific Leadership Team is comprised of Principal Investigators, or nominated deputies, from CLOSER's original eight partner studies who provide scientific advice and guidance to CLOSER.
Impact Key roles of the Scientific Leadership Team include, but are not limited to, providing comment on CLOSER's academic activity including CLOSER work packages, sharing news and innovations from the CLOSER studies and identifying areas for collaboration, commenting on CLOSER's project progress, as well as discussing issues relevant to the longitudinal community.
Start Year 2012
 
Description CLOSER Scientific Leadership Team 
Organisation University College London
Department 1958 Birth Cohort/National Child Development Study
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The Scientific Leadership Team is established, hosted and chaired by CLOSER.
Collaborator Contribution The Scientific Leadership Team is comprised of Principal Investigators, or nominated deputies, from CLOSER's original eight partner studies who provide scientific advice and guidance to CLOSER.
Impact Key roles of the Scientific Leadership Team include, but are not limited to, providing comment on CLOSER's academic activity including CLOSER work packages, sharing news and innovations from the CLOSER studies and identifying areas for collaboration, commenting on CLOSER's project progress, as well as discussing issues relevant to the longitudinal community.
Start Year 2012
 
Description CLOSER Scientific Leadership Team 
Organisation University College London
Department Centre for Longitudinal Studies
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The Scientific Leadership Team is established, hosted and chaired by CLOSER.
Collaborator Contribution The Scientific Leadership Team is comprised of Principal Investigators, or nominated deputies, from CLOSER's original eight partner studies who provide scientific advice and guidance to CLOSER.
Impact Key roles of the Scientific Leadership Team include, but are not limited to, providing comment on CLOSER's academic activity including CLOSER work packages, sharing news and innovations from the CLOSER studies and identifying areas for collaboration, commenting on CLOSER's project progress, as well as discussing issues relevant to the longitudinal community.
Start Year 2012
 
Description CLOSER Scientific Leadership Team 
Organisation University of Bristol
Department Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children (ALSPAC)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The Scientific Leadership Team is established, hosted and chaired by CLOSER.
Collaborator Contribution The Scientific Leadership Team is comprised of Principal Investigators, or nominated deputies, from CLOSER's original eight partner studies who provide scientific advice and guidance to CLOSER.
Impact Key roles of the Scientific Leadership Team include, but are not limited to, providing comment on CLOSER's academic activity including CLOSER work packages, sharing news and innovations from the CLOSER studies and identifying areas for collaboration, commenting on CLOSER's project progress, as well as discussing issues relevant to the longitudinal community.
Start Year 2012
 
Description CLOSER Study Network meeting 2021 
Organisation Bradford Institute for Health Research (BIHR)
Department Born in Bradford
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution This Study Network brings together all 19 CLOSER study partners on an annual basis to support knowledge sharing and networking within the consortium.
Collaborator Contribution The Study Network is a forum for all CLOSER partners to come together as a consortium. The focus of the Study Network includes, but is not limited to, discussing challenges, scientific innovations and ways of collaborating to maximise the use, value and impact of data and research findings from longitudinal population studies.
Impact The Study Network brings together all 19 CLOSER partner studies to discuss challenges, scientific innovations and ways of collaborating with CLOSER. Principal Investigators and deputies from the following studies are represented: - 1958 National Child Development Study - 1970 British Cohort Study - Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children - Born in Bradford - English Longitudinal Study of Ageing - Generation Scotland - Growing Up in Scotland - Health and Employment After Fifty - Hertfordshire Cohort Study - Longitudinal Survey of Young People in England 2 - Millennium Cohort Study - MRC National Child Development Study - Next Steps - Northern Ireland Cohort for the Longitudinal Study of Ageing - ONS Longitudinal Study - Southampton Women's Survey - Understanding Society: The UK Household Longitudinal Study - Whitehall II Study - Wirral Child Health and Development Study
Start Year 2021
 
Description CLOSER Study Network meeting 2021 
Organisation Department for Education
Department Longitudinal Survey of Young People in England: Cohort 2
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution This Study Network brings together all 19 CLOSER study partners on an annual basis to support knowledge sharing and networking within the consortium.
Collaborator Contribution The Study Network is a forum for all CLOSER partners to come together as a consortium. The focus of the Study Network includes, but is not limited to, discussing challenges, scientific innovations and ways of collaborating to maximise the use, value and impact of data and research findings from longitudinal population studies.
Impact The Study Network brings together all 19 CLOSER partner studies to discuss challenges, scientific innovations and ways of collaborating with CLOSER. Principal Investigators and deputies from the following studies are represented: - 1958 National Child Development Study - 1970 British Cohort Study - Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children - Born in Bradford - English Longitudinal Study of Ageing - Generation Scotland - Growing Up in Scotland - Health and Employment After Fifty - Hertfordshire Cohort Study - Longitudinal Survey of Young People in England 2 - Millennium Cohort Study - MRC National Child Development Study - Next Steps - Northern Ireland Cohort for the Longitudinal Study of Ageing - ONS Longitudinal Study - Southampton Women's Survey - Understanding Society: The UK Household Longitudinal Study - Whitehall II Study - Wirral Child Health and Development Study
Start Year 2021
 
Description CLOSER Study Network meeting 2021 
Organisation English Longitudinal Study of Ageing (ELSA)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution This Study Network brings together all 19 CLOSER study partners on an annual basis to support knowledge sharing and networking within the consortium.
Collaborator Contribution The Study Network is a forum for all CLOSER partners to come together as a consortium. The focus of the Study Network includes, but is not limited to, discussing challenges, scientific innovations and ways of collaborating to maximise the use, value and impact of data and research findings from longitudinal population studies.
Impact The Study Network brings together all 19 CLOSER partner studies to discuss challenges, scientific innovations and ways of collaborating with CLOSER. Principal Investigators and deputies from the following studies are represented: - 1958 National Child Development Study - 1970 British Cohort Study - Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children - Born in Bradford - English Longitudinal Study of Ageing - Generation Scotland - Growing Up in Scotland - Health and Employment After Fifty - Hertfordshire Cohort Study - Longitudinal Survey of Young People in England 2 - Millennium Cohort Study - MRC National Child Development Study - Next Steps - Northern Ireland Cohort for the Longitudinal Study of Ageing - ONS Longitudinal Study - Southampton Women's Survey - Understanding Society: The UK Household Longitudinal Study - Whitehall II Study - Wirral Child Health and Development Study
Start Year 2021
 
Description CLOSER Study Network meeting 2021 
Organisation Generation Scotland
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution This Study Network brings together all 19 CLOSER study partners on an annual basis to support knowledge sharing and networking within the consortium.
Collaborator Contribution The Study Network is a forum for all CLOSER partners to come together as a consortium. The focus of the Study Network includes, but is not limited to, discussing challenges, scientific innovations and ways of collaborating to maximise the use, value and impact of data and research findings from longitudinal population studies.
Impact The Study Network brings together all 19 CLOSER partner studies to discuss challenges, scientific innovations and ways of collaborating with CLOSER. Principal Investigators and deputies from the following studies are represented: - 1958 National Child Development Study - 1970 British Cohort Study - Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children - Born in Bradford - English Longitudinal Study of Ageing - Generation Scotland - Growing Up in Scotland - Health and Employment After Fifty - Hertfordshire Cohort Study - Longitudinal Survey of Young People in England 2 - Millennium Cohort Study - MRC National Child Development Study - Next Steps - Northern Ireland Cohort for the Longitudinal Study of Ageing - ONS Longitudinal Study - Southampton Women's Survey - Understanding Society: The UK Household Longitudinal Study - Whitehall II Study - Wirral Child Health and Development Study
Start Year 2021
 
Description CLOSER Study Network meeting 2021 
Organisation MRC National Survey of Health and Development (NSHD)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution This Study Network brings together all 19 CLOSER study partners on an annual basis to support knowledge sharing and networking within the consortium.
Collaborator Contribution The Study Network is a forum for all CLOSER partners to come together as a consortium. The focus of the Study Network includes, but is not limited to, discussing challenges, scientific innovations and ways of collaborating to maximise the use, value and impact of data and research findings from longitudinal population studies.
Impact The Study Network brings together all 19 CLOSER partner studies to discuss challenges, scientific innovations and ways of collaborating with CLOSER. Principal Investigators and deputies from the following studies are represented: - 1958 National Child Development Study - 1970 British Cohort Study - Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children - Born in Bradford - English Longitudinal Study of Ageing - Generation Scotland - Growing Up in Scotland - Health and Employment After Fifty - Hertfordshire Cohort Study - Longitudinal Survey of Young People in England 2 - Millennium Cohort Study - MRC National Child Development Study - Next Steps - Northern Ireland Cohort for the Longitudinal Study of Ageing - ONS Longitudinal Study - Southampton Women's Survey - Understanding Society: The UK Household Longitudinal Study - Whitehall II Study - Wirral Child Health and Development Study
Start Year 2021
 
Description CLOSER Study Network meeting 2021 
Organisation Millennium Cohort Study (MCS)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution This Study Network brings together all 19 CLOSER study partners on an annual basis to support knowledge sharing and networking within the consortium.
Collaborator Contribution The Study Network is a forum for all CLOSER partners to come together as a consortium. The focus of the Study Network includes, but is not limited to, discussing challenges, scientific innovations and ways of collaborating to maximise the use, value and impact of data and research findings from longitudinal population studies.
Impact The Study Network brings together all 19 CLOSER partner studies to discuss challenges, scientific innovations and ways of collaborating with CLOSER. Principal Investigators and deputies from the following studies are represented: - 1958 National Child Development Study - 1970 British Cohort Study - Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children - Born in Bradford - English Longitudinal Study of Ageing - Generation Scotland - Growing Up in Scotland - Health and Employment After Fifty - Hertfordshire Cohort Study - Longitudinal Survey of Young People in England 2 - Millennium Cohort Study - MRC National Child Development Study - Next Steps - Northern Ireland Cohort for the Longitudinal Study of Ageing - ONS Longitudinal Study - Southampton Women's Survey - Understanding Society: The UK Household Longitudinal Study - Whitehall II Study - Wirral Child Health and Development Study
Start Year 2021
 
Description CLOSER Study Network meeting 2021 
Organisation Office for National Statistics
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution This Study Network brings together all 19 CLOSER study partners on an annual basis to support knowledge sharing and networking within the consortium.
Collaborator Contribution The Study Network is a forum for all CLOSER partners to come together as a consortium. The focus of the Study Network includes, but is not limited to, discussing challenges, scientific innovations and ways of collaborating to maximise the use, value and impact of data and research findings from longitudinal population studies.
Impact The Study Network brings together all 19 CLOSER partner studies to discuss challenges, scientific innovations and ways of collaborating with CLOSER. Principal Investigators and deputies from the following studies are represented: - 1958 National Child Development Study - 1970 British Cohort Study - Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children - Born in Bradford - English Longitudinal Study of Ageing - Generation Scotland - Growing Up in Scotland - Health and Employment After Fifty - Hertfordshire Cohort Study - Longitudinal Survey of Young People in England 2 - Millennium Cohort Study - MRC National Child Development Study - Next Steps - Northern Ireland Cohort for the Longitudinal Study of Ageing - ONS Longitudinal Study - Southampton Women's Survey - Understanding Society: The UK Household Longitudinal Study - Whitehall II Study - Wirral Child Health and Development Study
Start Year 2021
 
Description CLOSER Study Network meeting 2021 
Organisation Queen's University Belfast
Department Northern Ireland Cohort for the Longitudinal Study of Ageing (NICOLA)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution This Study Network brings together all 19 CLOSER study partners on an annual basis to support knowledge sharing and networking within the consortium.
Collaborator Contribution The Study Network is a forum for all CLOSER partners to come together as a consortium. The focus of the Study Network includes, but is not limited to, discussing challenges, scientific innovations and ways of collaborating to maximise the use, value and impact of data and research findings from longitudinal population studies.
Impact The Study Network brings together all 19 CLOSER partner studies to discuss challenges, scientific innovations and ways of collaborating with CLOSER. Principal Investigators and deputies from the following studies are represented: - 1958 National Child Development Study - 1970 British Cohort Study - Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children - Born in Bradford - English Longitudinal Study of Ageing - Generation Scotland - Growing Up in Scotland - Health and Employment After Fifty - Hertfordshire Cohort Study - Longitudinal Survey of Young People in England 2 - Millennium Cohort Study - MRC National Child Development Study - Next Steps - Northern Ireland Cohort for the Longitudinal Study of Ageing - ONS Longitudinal Study - Southampton Women's Survey - Understanding Society: The UK Household Longitudinal Study - Whitehall II Study - Wirral Child Health and Development Study
Start Year 2021
 
Description CLOSER Study Network meeting 2021 
Organisation Understanding Society
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution This Study Network brings together all 19 CLOSER study partners on an annual basis to support knowledge sharing and networking within the consortium.
Collaborator Contribution The Study Network is a forum for all CLOSER partners to come together as a consortium. The focus of the Study Network includes, but is not limited to, discussing challenges, scientific innovations and ways of collaborating to maximise the use, value and impact of data and research findings from longitudinal population studies.
Impact The Study Network brings together all 19 CLOSER partner studies to discuss challenges, scientific innovations and ways of collaborating with CLOSER. Principal Investigators and deputies from the following studies are represented: - 1958 National Child Development Study - 1970 British Cohort Study - Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children - Born in Bradford - English Longitudinal Study of Ageing - Generation Scotland - Growing Up in Scotland - Health and Employment After Fifty - Hertfordshire Cohort Study - Longitudinal Survey of Young People in England 2 - Millennium Cohort Study - MRC National Child Development Study - Next Steps - Northern Ireland Cohort for the Longitudinal Study of Ageing - ONS Longitudinal Study - Southampton Women's Survey - Understanding Society: The UK Household Longitudinal Study - Whitehall II Study - Wirral Child Health and Development Study
Start Year 2021
 
Description CLOSER Study Network meeting 2021 
Organisation University College London
Department 1958 Birth Cohort/National Child Development Study
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution This Study Network brings together all 19 CLOSER study partners on an annual basis to support knowledge sharing and networking within the consortium.
Collaborator Contribution The Study Network is a forum for all CLOSER partners to come together as a consortium. The focus of the Study Network includes, but is not limited to, discussing challenges, scientific innovations and ways of collaborating to maximise the use, value and impact of data and research findings from longitudinal population studies.
Impact The Study Network brings together all 19 CLOSER partner studies to discuss challenges, scientific innovations and ways of collaborating with CLOSER. Principal Investigators and deputies from the following studies are represented: - 1958 National Child Development Study - 1970 British Cohort Study - Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children - Born in Bradford - English Longitudinal Study of Ageing - Generation Scotland - Growing Up in Scotland - Health and Employment After Fifty - Hertfordshire Cohort Study - Longitudinal Survey of Young People in England 2 - Millennium Cohort Study - MRC National Child Development Study - Next Steps - Northern Ireland Cohort for the Longitudinal Study of Ageing - ONS Longitudinal Study - Southampton Women's Survey - Understanding Society: The UK Household Longitudinal Study - Whitehall II Study - Wirral Child Health and Development Study
Start Year 2021
 
Description CLOSER Study Network meeting 2021 
Organisation University College London
Department Centre for Longitudinal Studies
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution This Study Network brings together all 19 CLOSER study partners on an annual basis to support knowledge sharing and networking within the consortium.
Collaborator Contribution The Study Network is a forum for all CLOSER partners to come together as a consortium. The focus of the Study Network includes, but is not limited to, discussing challenges, scientific innovations and ways of collaborating to maximise the use, value and impact of data and research findings from longitudinal population studies.
Impact The Study Network brings together all 19 CLOSER partner studies to discuss challenges, scientific innovations and ways of collaborating with CLOSER. Principal Investigators and deputies from the following studies are represented: - 1958 National Child Development Study - 1970 British Cohort Study - Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children - Born in Bradford - English Longitudinal Study of Ageing - Generation Scotland - Growing Up in Scotland - Health and Employment After Fifty - Hertfordshire Cohort Study - Longitudinal Survey of Young People in England 2 - Millennium Cohort Study - MRC National Child Development Study - Next Steps - Northern Ireland Cohort for the Longitudinal Study of Ageing - ONS Longitudinal Study - Southampton Women's Survey - Understanding Society: The UK Household Longitudinal Study - Whitehall II Study - Wirral Child Health and Development Study
Start Year 2021
 
Description CLOSER Study Network meeting 2021 
Organisation University College London
Department Whitehall II
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution This Study Network brings together all 19 CLOSER study partners on an annual basis to support knowledge sharing and networking within the consortium.
Collaborator Contribution The Study Network is a forum for all CLOSER partners to come together as a consortium. The focus of the Study Network includes, but is not limited to, discussing challenges, scientific innovations and ways of collaborating to maximise the use, value and impact of data and research findings from longitudinal population studies.
Impact The Study Network brings together all 19 CLOSER partner studies to discuss challenges, scientific innovations and ways of collaborating with CLOSER. Principal Investigators and deputies from the following studies are represented: - 1958 National Child Development Study - 1970 British Cohort Study - Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children - Born in Bradford - English Longitudinal Study of Ageing - Generation Scotland - Growing Up in Scotland - Health and Employment After Fifty - Hertfordshire Cohort Study - Longitudinal Survey of Young People in England 2 - Millennium Cohort Study - MRC National Child Development Study - Next Steps - Northern Ireland Cohort for the Longitudinal Study of Ageing - ONS Longitudinal Study - Southampton Women's Survey - Understanding Society: The UK Household Longitudinal Study - Whitehall II Study - Wirral Child Health and Development Study
Start Year 2021
 
Description CLOSER Study Network meeting 2021 
Organisation University of Bristol
Department Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children (ALSPAC)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution This Study Network brings together all 19 CLOSER study partners on an annual basis to support knowledge sharing and networking within the consortium.
Collaborator Contribution The Study Network is a forum for all CLOSER partners to come together as a consortium. The focus of the Study Network includes, but is not limited to, discussing challenges, scientific innovations and ways of collaborating to maximise the use, value and impact of data and research findings from longitudinal population studies.
Impact The Study Network brings together all 19 CLOSER partner studies to discuss challenges, scientific innovations and ways of collaborating with CLOSER. Principal Investigators and deputies from the following studies are represented: - 1958 National Child Development Study - 1970 British Cohort Study - Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children - Born in Bradford - English Longitudinal Study of Ageing - Generation Scotland - Growing Up in Scotland - Health and Employment After Fifty - Hertfordshire Cohort Study - Longitudinal Survey of Young People in England 2 - Millennium Cohort Study - MRC National Child Development Study - Next Steps - Northern Ireland Cohort for the Longitudinal Study of Ageing - ONS Longitudinal Study - Southampton Women's Survey - Understanding Society: The UK Household Longitudinal Study - Whitehall II Study - Wirral Child Health and Development Study
Start Year 2021
 
Description CLOSER role on European Commission funded European Cohort Development Project (ECDP) 
Organisation Manchester Metropolitan University
Department Department of Sociology
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution CLOSER input will be across the project but will particularly relate to the EuroCohort Survey methodology. The complexities of mounting a survey which is internationally comparative and longitudinal are such that there is a need to undertake preparatory scientific work at an early stage as they require longer development time compared to cross-sectional and national surveys. To ensure scientific excellence and the highest quality data which truly is representative of the populations being studied, this Work Package initiates the development of tools, templates and protocols for sampling, questionnaires, and fieldwork and data archiving processes. Given the centrality of the survey methodology to EuroCohort and the linkages to all other Work Packages, it is essential that this work be undertaken as part of ECDP. This WP, therefore, assures that by the end of ECDP further preparatory work to develop EuroCohort is manageable within a shorter timescale. This WP will also inform aspects of the costing of EuroCohort.
Collaborator Contribution This project is led by Professor Gary Pollock of Manchester Metropolitan University and funded through the INFRADEV call of the European Commission's research programme 'Horizon2020'. It seeks to establish the research design for a longitudinal survey of children and young people's well being across Europe. It aims to make this survey a key European Research Infrastructure. This project builds upon the MYWEB feasibility study (https://fp7-myweb.eu) that established that there was a significant demand for such a survey among policy makers, academics and practitioners.
Impact Successful grant application
Start Year 2017
 
Description CLOSER social media linkage framework collaboration 
Organisation Cardiff University
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution This award is bringing together CLOSER cohort leaders from across institutions to develop a robust and secure software framework for linking social media data in UK birth cohorts.
Collaborator Contribution Our partners are contributing their expertise as leaders of UK cohorts to ensure that the software framework developed by the award is as relevant and easy to deploy as possible across UK birth cohorts.
Impact This is a multi-disciplinary collaboration, bringing together psychologists, data scientists, software engineers and epidemiologists to develop a software framework for linking social media data in UK cohorts.
Start Year 2018
 
Description CLOSER social media linkage framework collaboration 
Organisation University College London
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution This award is bringing together CLOSER cohort leaders from across institutions to develop a robust and secure software framework for linking social media data in UK birth cohorts.
Collaborator Contribution Our partners are contributing their expertise as leaders of UK cohorts to ensure that the software framework developed by the award is as relevant and easy to deploy as possible across UK birth cohorts.
Impact This is a multi-disciplinary collaboration, bringing together psychologists, data scientists, software engineers and epidemiologists to develop a software framework for linking social media data in UK cohorts.
Start Year 2018
 
Description CLOSER social media linkage framework collaboration 
Organisation University of Essex
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution This award is bringing together CLOSER cohort leaders from across institutions to develop a robust and secure software framework for linking social media data in UK birth cohorts.
Collaborator Contribution Our partners are contributing their expertise as leaders of UK cohorts to ensure that the software framework developed by the award is as relevant and easy to deploy as possible across UK birth cohorts.
Impact This is a multi-disciplinary collaboration, bringing together psychologists, data scientists, software engineers and epidemiologists to develop a software framework for linking social media data in UK cohorts.
Start Year 2018
 
Description Collaboration with Delosis.com 
Organisation King's College London
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution We worked with John Rogers at Delosis to develop the web platform for the Catalogue for Mental Health Measures
Collaborator Contribution Delosis developed the Catalogue and currently maintains and updates the information to keep the tool up to date
Impact The Catalogue for Mental Health Measures https://www.cataloguementalhealth.ac.uk/
Start Year 2018
 
Description Conference on the opportunities and challenges of conducting longitudinal research in low and middle income countries 
Organisation Economic and Social Research Council
Department ESRC Centre for Economic and Social Aspects of Genomics (Cesagen)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution CLOSER International contributed to the brainstorming and planning of the conference, the design of the panels, and suggested speakers. We also will take part of the conference itself (due for late March) and present in at least two panels.
Collaborator Contribution RSS is taking the lead on the organisation and preparation of the bid to the ESRC for funding. LSHTM will provide a venue for the conference. Young Lives contributed to the planning of the conference and will provide speakers.
Impact The partnership has been established but the main output, which will be a conference to be had in late March, has not happened yet. CLOSER International is behind the organization of the conference and will also present in at least two panels.
Start Year 2019
 
Description Conference on the opportunities and challenges of conducting longitudinal research in low and middle income countries 
Organisation London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM)
Department School for Public Health Research @ LSHTM (SPHR@L)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution CLOSER International contributed to the brainstorming and planning of the conference, the design of the panels, and suggested speakers. We also will take part of the conference itself (due for late March) and present in at least two panels.
Collaborator Contribution RSS is taking the lead on the organisation and preparation of the bid to the ESRC for funding. LSHTM will provide a venue for the conference. Young Lives contributed to the planning of the conference and will provide speakers.
Impact The partnership has been established but the main output, which will be a conference to be had in late March, has not happened yet. CLOSER International is behind the organization of the conference and will also present in at least two panels.
Start Year 2019
 
Description Conference on the opportunities and challenges of conducting longitudinal research in low and middle income countries 
Organisation Royal Statistical Society
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution CLOSER International contributed to the brainstorming and planning of the conference, the design of the panels, and suggested speakers. We also will take part of the conference itself (due for late March) and present in at least two panels.
Collaborator Contribution RSS is taking the lead on the organisation and preparation of the bid to the ESRC for funding. LSHTM will provide a venue for the conference. Young Lives contributed to the planning of the conference and will provide speakers.
Impact The partnership has been established but the main output, which will be a conference to be had in late March, has not happened yet. CLOSER International is behind the organization of the conference and will also present in at least two panels.
Start Year 2019
 
Description Conference on the opportunities and challenges of conducting longitudinal research in low and middle income countries 
Organisation University of Oxford
Department Young Lives
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution CLOSER International contributed to the brainstorming and planning of the conference, the design of the panels, and suggested speakers. We also will take part of the conference itself (due for late March) and present in at least two panels.
Collaborator Contribution RSS is taking the lead on the organisation and preparation of the bid to the ESRC for funding. LSHTM will provide a venue for the conference. Young Lives contributed to the planning of the conference and will provide speakers.
Impact The partnership has been established but the main output, which will be a conference to be had in late March, has not happened yet. CLOSER International is behind the organization of the conference and will also present in at least two panels.
Start Year 2019
 
Description DDI Moving Forward 
Organisation University of Michigan
Country United States 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Development of the documentation of the standard, contribution to the development of the model and leadership and management of the project
Collaborator Contribution Access to networks, and expertise and advice on the development and future direction of the CLOSER search platform
Impact DDI Specification - Model Driven (Q1 2015)
Start Year 2013
 
Description DDI Moving Forward Advisory Group 
Organisation University of Michigan
Department Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR)
Country United States 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Fortnightly meetings to co-ordinate the Moving Forward project
Collaborator Contribution Provision of information and knowledge exchange
Impact 2016 Q2 DDI4 Development Draft (https://ddi-alliance.atlassian.net/wiki/display/DDI4/2016+Q2+DDI4+Development+Draft+-+Comment+and+Review)
Start Year 2016
 
Description DDI Scientific Board Review Working Group 
Organisation University of Michigan
Department Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR)
Country United States 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution CLOSER contributed to the development of the new by-laws
Collaborator Contribution CLOSER contributed to the development of the new by-laws
Impact A proposal was developed which was adopted into the by-laws https://ddi-alliance.atlassian.net/wiki/spaces/DDI4/pages/850853895/Scientific+Board+Revision+-+temporary+working+group
Start Year 2020
 
Description DDI Technical Committee 
Organisation University of Michigan
Country United States 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Weekly meetings of the Technical Committee which oversees the maintenance and development of the Data Documentation Initiative standard
Collaborator Contribution Technical expertise and advice, changes to the DDI-L to meet requirements of the CLOSER Search platform
Impact Amendments to the DDI-L specification have added functionality in the capture and subsequent display of metadata elements for enhanced rendering of survey questions
Start Year 2014
 
Description DDI Training Group 
Organisation Carleton University
Country Canada 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Monthly meetings of the DDI Training Group which aims to; improve people's competence in working with DDI, develop expertise within the community for training purposes and maintain a training library with updated training material for reuse. Contributions are made to creating and evaluating training materials, planning training etc.
Collaborator Contribution Provide training materials to be used for training events as well as providing advice and feedback for conducting training.
Impact A set of training library materials and several training events.
Start Year 2019
 
Description DDI Training Group 
Organisation Leibniz Association
Department Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences
Country Germany 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Monthly meetings of the DDI Training Group which aims to; improve people's competence in working with DDI, develop expertise within the community for training purposes and maintain a training library with updated training material for reuse. Contributions are made to creating and evaluating training materials, planning training etc.
Collaborator Contribution Provide training materials to be used for training events as well as providing advice and feedback for conducting training.
Impact A set of training library materials and several training events.
Start Year 2019
 
Description Data Managers Network 
Organisation Government of the UK
Department UK Data Archive
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution CLOSER established, chairs and hosts this network. We arrange quarterly meetings to share learning and explore ideas for joined up working.
Collaborator Contribution Purpose of the network is: - To provide members with a forum to share experiences, ideas and solutions on topics relevant to longitudinal data management. - To provide members with relevant training, specific to data management in longitudinal studies and metadata standards. - To provide members with a forum to share real-world case-studies of managing metadata.
Impact The network was orginally created for the CLOSER Data Managers to share knowledge across the studies through presentations, sharing documents and discussions. It was expanded to be an external facing network in 2020 to include international longitudinal studies and the wider international data management community. The network now runs the Metadata in the Real World webinar series which takes place twice a year.
Start Year 2019
 
Description Data Managers Network 
Organisation University College London
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution CLOSER established, chairs and hosts this network. We arrange quarterly meetings to share learning and explore ideas for joined up working.
Collaborator Contribution Purpose of the network is: - To provide members with a forum to share experiences, ideas and solutions on topics relevant to longitudinal data management. - To provide members with relevant training, specific to data management in longitudinal studies and metadata standards. - To provide members with a forum to share real-world case-studies of managing metadata.
Impact The network was orginally created for the CLOSER Data Managers to share knowledge across the studies through presentations, sharing documents and discussions. It was expanded to be an external facing network in 2020 to include international longitudinal studies and the wider international data management community. The network now runs the Metadata in the Real World webinar series which takes place twice a year.
Start Year 2019
 
Description Data Managers Network 
Organisation University of Bristol
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution CLOSER established, chairs and hosts this network. We arrange quarterly meetings to share learning and explore ideas for joined up working.
Collaborator Contribution Purpose of the network is: - To provide members with a forum to share experiences, ideas and solutions on topics relevant to longitudinal data management. - To provide members with relevant training, specific to data management in longitudinal studies and metadata standards. - To provide members with a forum to share real-world case-studies of managing metadata.
Impact The network was orginally created for the CLOSER Data Managers to share knowledge across the studies through presentations, sharing documents and discussions. It was expanded to be an external facing network in 2020 to include international longitudinal studies and the wider international data management community. The network now runs the Metadata in the Real World webinar series which takes place twice a year.
Start Year 2019
 
Description Data Managers Network 
Organisation University of Edinburgh
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution CLOSER established, chairs and hosts this network. We arrange quarterly meetings to share learning and explore ideas for joined up working.
Collaborator Contribution Purpose of the network is: - To provide members with a forum to share experiences, ideas and solutions on topics relevant to longitudinal data management. - To provide members with relevant training, specific to data management in longitudinal studies and metadata standards. - To provide members with a forum to share real-world case-studies of managing metadata.
Impact The network was orginally created for the CLOSER Data Managers to share knowledge across the studies through presentations, sharing documents and discussions. It was expanded to be an external facing network in 2020 to include international longitudinal studies and the wider international data management community. The network now runs the Metadata in the Real World webinar series which takes place twice a year.
Start Year 2019
 
Description Data Managers Network 
Organisation University of Essex
Department Institute for Social and Economic Research, Essex
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution CLOSER established, chairs and hosts this network. We arrange quarterly meetings to share learning and explore ideas for joined up working.
Collaborator Contribution Purpose of the network is: - To provide members with a forum to share experiences, ideas and solutions on topics relevant to longitudinal data management. - To provide members with relevant training, specific to data management in longitudinal studies and metadata standards. - To provide members with a forum to share real-world case-studies of managing metadata.
Impact The network was orginally created for the CLOSER Data Managers to share knowledge across the studies through presentations, sharing documents and discussions. It was expanded to be an external facing network in 2020 to include international longitudinal studies and the wider international data management community. The network now runs the Metadata in the Real World webinar series which takes place twice a year.
Start Year 2019
 
Description Data Managers Network 
Organisation University of Liverpool
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution CLOSER established, chairs and hosts this network. We arrange quarterly meetings to share learning and explore ideas for joined up working.
Collaborator Contribution Purpose of the network is: - To provide members with a forum to share experiences, ideas and solutions on topics relevant to longitudinal data management. - To provide members with relevant training, specific to data management in longitudinal studies and metadata standards. - To provide members with a forum to share real-world case-studies of managing metadata.
Impact The network was orginally created for the CLOSER Data Managers to share knowledge across the studies through presentations, sharing documents and discussions. It was expanded to be an external facing network in 2020 to include international longitudinal studies and the wider international data management community. The network now runs the Metadata in the Real World webinar series which takes place twice a year.
Start Year 2019
 
Description Data Managers Network 
Organisation University of Southampton
Department MRC Lifecourse Epidemiology Unit
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution CLOSER established, chairs and hosts this network. We arrange quarterly meetings to share learning and explore ideas for joined up working.
Collaborator Contribution Purpose of the network is: - To provide members with a forum to share experiences, ideas and solutions on topics relevant to longitudinal data management. - To provide members with relevant training, specific to data management in longitudinal studies and metadata standards. - To provide members with a forum to share real-world case-studies of managing metadata.
Impact The network was orginally created for the CLOSER Data Managers to share knowledge across the studies through presentations, sharing documents and discussions. It was expanded to be an external facing network in 2020 to include international longitudinal studies and the wider international data management community. The network now runs the Metadata in the Real World webinar series which takes place twice a year.
Start Year 2019
 
Description Data Resources Training Network 
Organisation University of Southampton
Department ESRC National Centre for Research Methods
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution CLOSER's training and capacity building lead has contributed to a forum to support collaboration between ESRC funded data services, sharing training opportunities, increasing awareness of resources and contributing to a community of practice.
Collaborator Contribution The network has helped to spread awareness of CLOSER resources and training opportunities and also provided feedback into their development.
Impact This work has helped to develop the Learning Hub resources via feedback from members; it has also provided a key forum for sharing practices and knowledge. It is a multidisciplinary network with member from across social science, health, geography and administrative data fields.
Start Year 2019
 
Description Harmonised Dataset Committee 
Organisation Government of the UK
Department UK Data Archive
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution A working group, set up by CLOSER's Executive Group, tasked with identifying and resolving any obstacles to the publication of harmonised datasets.
Collaborator Contribution This working group is identifying and resolving obstacles to the publication of harmonised datasets created as part of CLOSER's work packages. Issues being addressed include agreeing appropriate documentation for the datasets, access conditions and the appropriate repository for the datasets.
Impact The working group have produced a guidance document called the 'data dissemination strategy', which offers a framework for the dissemination of harmonised datasets from CLOSER work packages. They have also shared best practice.
Start Year 2015
 
Description Harmonised Dataset Committee 
Organisation University College London
Department MRC Unit for Lifelong Health and Ageing
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution A working group, set up by CLOSER's Executive Group, tasked with identifying and resolving any obstacles to the publication of harmonised datasets.
Collaborator Contribution This working group is identifying and resolving obstacles to the publication of harmonised datasets created as part of CLOSER's work packages. Issues being addressed include agreeing appropriate documentation for the datasets, access conditions and the appropriate repository for the datasets.
Impact The working group have produced a guidance document called the 'data dissemination strategy', which offers a framework for the dissemination of harmonised datasets from CLOSER work packages. They have also shared best practice.
Start Year 2015
 
Description Harmonised Dataset Committee 
Organisation University of Bristol
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution A working group, set up by CLOSER's Executive Group, tasked with identifying and resolving any obstacles to the publication of harmonised datasets.
Collaborator Contribution This working group is identifying and resolving obstacles to the publication of harmonised datasets created as part of CLOSER's work packages. Issues being addressed include agreeing appropriate documentation for the datasets, access conditions and the appropriate repository for the datasets.
Impact The working group have produced a guidance document called the 'data dissemination strategy', which offers a framework for the dissemination of harmonised datasets from CLOSER work packages. They have also shared best practice.
Start Year 2015
 
Description Harmonised Dataset Committee 
Organisation University of London
Department Institute of Education
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution A working group, set up by CLOSER's Executive Group, tasked with identifying and resolving any obstacles to the publication of harmonised datasets.
Collaborator Contribution This working group is identifying and resolving obstacles to the publication of harmonised datasets created as part of CLOSER's work packages. Issues being addressed include agreeing appropriate documentation for the datasets, access conditions and the appropriate repository for the datasets.
Impact The working group have produced a guidance document called the 'data dissemination strategy', which offers a framework for the dissemination of harmonised datasets from CLOSER work packages. They have also shared best practice.
Start Year 2015
 
Description Leadership Team 
Organisation Government of the UK
Department UK Data Archive
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Facilitate and fund quarterly scientific leadership team meetings.
Collaborator Contribution The partners contribute to the discussion that informs the direction of CLOSER.
Impact We've had the past speakers for the afternoon session in the meeting: • 19th July 2012 Susan Wallace, University of Leicester on Ethics of Feedback • 29th November 2012 John Kaye, British Library on ODIN • 21st March 2013 Andy Teague, ONS on Census Beyond 2012 • 10th July 2013 Harry Hemingway, E-Health Informatics Research Centre at UCL on the Farr Institute • 5th November 2013 Knowledge Exchange Workshop on finalising Tier 3 training • 11th March 2014 Life Study - The Journey So Far • 3rd July 2014 What can Geographical Context bring to the Cohorts? Rich Mitchell • 3rd November 2014 Data Linkage, Ronan Lyons, UK Health Informatics Research Network • 10th March 2015 Tim Leunig, The Contribution Cohort & Longitudinal Studies make to Research and Policy Development in Education • 8th July 2015 Jane Tinkler, Parliamentary Office for Science and Technology • 25th November 2015 Melanie Wright, ADRN - 10th March 2016 Sarah Aitchison, Head of Archives - UCL Institute of Education - 28th June 2016 Nicola Shelton, Director of CeLSIUS (UCL) - 1st November 2016 Masters of Pie (Virtual Reality company)
Start Year 2012
 
Description Leadership Team 
Organisation Institute for Fiscal Studies
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Facilitate and fund quarterly scientific leadership team meetings.
Collaborator Contribution The partners contribute to the discussion that informs the direction of CLOSER.
Impact We've had the past speakers for the afternoon session in the meeting: • 19th July 2012 Susan Wallace, University of Leicester on Ethics of Feedback • 29th November 2012 John Kaye, British Library on ODIN • 21st March 2013 Andy Teague, ONS on Census Beyond 2012 • 10th July 2013 Harry Hemingway, E-Health Informatics Research Centre at UCL on the Farr Institute • 5th November 2013 Knowledge Exchange Workshop on finalising Tier 3 training • 11th March 2014 Life Study - The Journey So Far • 3rd July 2014 What can Geographical Context bring to the Cohorts? Rich Mitchell • 3rd November 2014 Data Linkage, Ronan Lyons, UK Health Informatics Research Network • 10th March 2015 Tim Leunig, The Contribution Cohort & Longitudinal Studies make to Research and Policy Development in Education • 8th July 2015 Jane Tinkler, Parliamentary Office for Science and Technology • 25th November 2015 Melanie Wright, ADRN - 10th March 2016 Sarah Aitchison, Head of Archives - UCL Institute of Education - 28th June 2016 Nicola Shelton, Director of CeLSIUS (UCL) - 1st November 2016 Masters of Pie (Virtual Reality company)
Start Year 2012
 
Description Leadership Team 
Organisation The British Library
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Facilitate and fund quarterly scientific leadership team meetings.
Collaborator Contribution The partners contribute to the discussion that informs the direction of CLOSER.
Impact We've had the past speakers for the afternoon session in the meeting: • 19th July 2012 Susan Wallace, University of Leicester on Ethics of Feedback • 29th November 2012 John Kaye, British Library on ODIN • 21st March 2013 Andy Teague, ONS on Census Beyond 2012 • 10th July 2013 Harry Hemingway, E-Health Informatics Research Centre at UCL on the Farr Institute • 5th November 2013 Knowledge Exchange Workshop on finalising Tier 3 training • 11th March 2014 Life Study - The Journey So Far • 3rd July 2014 What can Geographical Context bring to the Cohorts? Rich Mitchell • 3rd November 2014 Data Linkage, Ronan Lyons, UK Health Informatics Research Network • 10th March 2015 Tim Leunig, The Contribution Cohort & Longitudinal Studies make to Research and Policy Development in Education • 8th July 2015 Jane Tinkler, Parliamentary Office for Science and Technology • 25th November 2015 Melanie Wright, ADRN - 10th March 2016 Sarah Aitchison, Head of Archives - UCL Institute of Education - 28th June 2016 Nicola Shelton, Director of CeLSIUS (UCL) - 1st November 2016 Masters of Pie (Virtual Reality company)
Start Year 2012
 
Description Leadership Team 
Organisation University College London
Department Institute of Child Health
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Facilitate and fund quarterly scientific leadership team meetings.
Collaborator Contribution The partners contribute to the discussion that informs the direction of CLOSER.
Impact We've had the past speakers for the afternoon session in the meeting: • 19th July 2012 Susan Wallace, University of Leicester on Ethics of Feedback • 29th November 2012 John Kaye, British Library on ODIN • 21st March 2013 Andy Teague, ONS on Census Beyond 2012 • 10th July 2013 Harry Hemingway, E-Health Informatics Research Centre at UCL on the Farr Institute • 5th November 2013 Knowledge Exchange Workshop on finalising Tier 3 training • 11th March 2014 Life Study - The Journey So Far • 3rd July 2014 What can Geographical Context bring to the Cohorts? Rich Mitchell • 3rd November 2014 Data Linkage, Ronan Lyons, UK Health Informatics Research Network • 10th March 2015 Tim Leunig, The Contribution Cohort & Longitudinal Studies make to Research and Policy Development in Education • 8th July 2015 Jane Tinkler, Parliamentary Office for Science and Technology • 25th November 2015 Melanie Wright, ADRN - 10th March 2016 Sarah Aitchison, Head of Archives - UCL Institute of Education - 28th June 2016 Nicola Shelton, Director of CeLSIUS (UCL) - 1st November 2016 Masters of Pie (Virtual Reality company)
Start Year 2012
 
Description Leadership Team 
Organisation University College London
Department MRC Unit for Lifelong Health and Ageing
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Facilitate and fund quarterly scientific leadership team meetings.
Collaborator Contribution The partners contribute to the discussion that informs the direction of CLOSER.
Impact We've had the past speakers for the afternoon session in the meeting: • 19th July 2012 Susan Wallace, University of Leicester on Ethics of Feedback • 29th November 2012 John Kaye, British Library on ODIN • 21st March 2013 Andy Teague, ONS on Census Beyond 2012 • 10th July 2013 Harry Hemingway, E-Health Informatics Research Centre at UCL on the Farr Institute • 5th November 2013 Knowledge Exchange Workshop on finalising Tier 3 training • 11th March 2014 Life Study - The Journey So Far • 3rd July 2014 What can Geographical Context bring to the Cohorts? Rich Mitchell • 3rd November 2014 Data Linkage, Ronan Lyons, UK Health Informatics Research Network • 10th March 2015 Tim Leunig, The Contribution Cohort & Longitudinal Studies make to Research and Policy Development in Education • 8th July 2015 Jane Tinkler, Parliamentary Office for Science and Technology • 25th November 2015 Melanie Wright, ADRN - 10th March 2016 Sarah Aitchison, Head of Archives - UCL Institute of Education - 28th June 2016 Nicola Shelton, Director of CeLSIUS (UCL) - 1st November 2016 Masters of Pie (Virtual Reality company)
Start Year 2012
 
Description Leadership Team 
Organisation University College London
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Facilitate and fund quarterly scientific leadership team meetings.
Collaborator Contribution The partners contribute to the discussion that informs the direction of CLOSER.
Impact We've had the past speakers for the afternoon session in the meeting: • 19th July 2012 Susan Wallace, University of Leicester on Ethics of Feedback • 29th November 2012 John Kaye, British Library on ODIN • 21st March 2013 Andy Teague, ONS on Census Beyond 2012 • 10th July 2013 Harry Hemingway, E-Health Informatics Research Centre at UCL on the Farr Institute • 5th November 2013 Knowledge Exchange Workshop on finalising Tier 3 training • 11th March 2014 Life Study - The Journey So Far • 3rd July 2014 What can Geographical Context bring to the Cohorts? Rich Mitchell • 3rd November 2014 Data Linkage, Ronan Lyons, UK Health Informatics Research Network • 10th March 2015 Tim Leunig, The Contribution Cohort & Longitudinal Studies make to Research and Policy Development in Education • 8th July 2015 Jane Tinkler, Parliamentary Office for Science and Technology • 25th November 2015 Melanie Wright, ADRN - 10th March 2016 Sarah Aitchison, Head of Archives - UCL Institute of Education - 28th June 2016 Nicola Shelton, Director of CeLSIUS (UCL) - 1st November 2016 Masters of Pie (Virtual Reality company)
Start Year 2012
 
Description Leadership Team 
Organisation University of Bristol
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Facilitate and fund quarterly scientific leadership team meetings.
Collaborator Contribution The partners contribute to the discussion that informs the direction of CLOSER.
Impact We've had the past speakers for the afternoon session in the meeting: • 19th July 2012 Susan Wallace, University of Leicester on Ethics of Feedback • 29th November 2012 John Kaye, British Library on ODIN • 21st March 2013 Andy Teague, ONS on Census Beyond 2012 • 10th July 2013 Harry Hemingway, E-Health Informatics Research Centre at UCL on the Farr Institute • 5th November 2013 Knowledge Exchange Workshop on finalising Tier 3 training • 11th March 2014 Life Study - The Journey So Far • 3rd July 2014 What can Geographical Context bring to the Cohorts? Rich Mitchell • 3rd November 2014 Data Linkage, Ronan Lyons, UK Health Informatics Research Network • 10th March 2015 Tim Leunig, The Contribution Cohort & Longitudinal Studies make to Research and Policy Development in Education • 8th July 2015 Jane Tinkler, Parliamentary Office for Science and Technology • 25th November 2015 Melanie Wright, ADRN - 10th March 2016 Sarah Aitchison, Head of Archives - UCL Institute of Education - 28th June 2016 Nicola Shelton, Director of CeLSIUS (UCL) - 1st November 2016 Masters of Pie (Virtual Reality company)
Start Year 2012
 
Description Leadership Team 
Organisation University of Cambridge
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Facilitate and fund quarterly scientific leadership team meetings.
Collaborator Contribution The partners contribute to the discussion that informs the direction of CLOSER.
Impact We've had the past speakers for the afternoon session in the meeting: • 19th July 2012 Susan Wallace, University of Leicester on Ethics of Feedback • 29th November 2012 John Kaye, British Library on ODIN • 21st March 2013 Andy Teague, ONS on Census Beyond 2012 • 10th July 2013 Harry Hemingway, E-Health Informatics Research Centre at UCL on the Farr Institute • 5th November 2013 Knowledge Exchange Workshop on finalising Tier 3 training • 11th March 2014 Life Study - The Journey So Far • 3rd July 2014 What can Geographical Context bring to the Cohorts? Rich Mitchell • 3rd November 2014 Data Linkage, Ronan Lyons, UK Health Informatics Research Network • 10th March 2015 Tim Leunig, The Contribution Cohort & Longitudinal Studies make to Research and Policy Development in Education • 8th July 2015 Jane Tinkler, Parliamentary Office for Science and Technology • 25th November 2015 Melanie Wright, ADRN - 10th March 2016 Sarah Aitchison, Head of Archives - UCL Institute of Education - 28th June 2016 Nicola Shelton, Director of CeLSIUS (UCL) - 1st November 2016 Masters of Pie (Virtual Reality company)
Start Year 2012
 
Description Leadership Team 
Organisation University of Edinburgh
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Facilitate and fund quarterly scientific leadership team meetings.
Collaborator Contribution The partners contribute to the discussion that informs the direction of CLOSER.
Impact We've had the past speakers for the afternoon session in the meeting: • 19th July 2012 Susan Wallace, University of Leicester on Ethics of Feedback • 29th November 2012 John Kaye, British Library on ODIN • 21st March 2013 Andy Teague, ONS on Census Beyond 2012 • 10th July 2013 Harry Hemingway, E-Health Informatics Research Centre at UCL on the Farr Institute • 5th November 2013 Knowledge Exchange Workshop on finalising Tier 3 training • 11th March 2014 Life Study - The Journey So Far • 3rd July 2014 What can Geographical Context bring to the Cohorts? Rich Mitchell • 3rd November 2014 Data Linkage, Ronan Lyons, UK Health Informatics Research Network • 10th March 2015 Tim Leunig, The Contribution Cohort & Longitudinal Studies make to Research and Policy Development in Education • 8th July 2015 Jane Tinkler, Parliamentary Office for Science and Technology • 25th November 2015 Melanie Wright, ADRN - 10th March 2016 Sarah Aitchison, Head of Archives - UCL Institute of Education - 28th June 2016 Nicola Shelton, Director of CeLSIUS (UCL) - 1st November 2016 Masters of Pie (Virtual Reality company)
Start Year 2012
 
Description Leadership Team 
Organisation University of Essex
Department Institute for Social and Economic Research, Essex
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Facilitate and fund quarterly scientific leadership team meetings.
Collaborator Contribution The partners contribute to the discussion that informs the direction of CLOSER.
Impact We've had the past speakers for the afternoon session in the meeting: • 19th July 2012 Susan Wallace, University of Leicester on Ethics of Feedback • 29th November 2012 John Kaye, British Library on ODIN • 21st March 2013 Andy Teague, ONS on Census Beyond 2012 • 10th July 2013 Harry Hemingway, E-Health Informatics Research Centre at UCL on the Farr Institute • 5th November 2013 Knowledge Exchange Workshop on finalising Tier 3 training • 11th March 2014 Life Study - The Journey So Far • 3rd July 2014 What can Geographical Context bring to the Cohorts? Rich Mitchell • 3rd November 2014 Data Linkage, Ronan Lyons, UK Health Informatics Research Network • 10th March 2015 Tim Leunig, The Contribution Cohort & Longitudinal Studies make to Research and Policy Development in Education • 8th July 2015 Jane Tinkler, Parliamentary Office for Science and Technology • 25th November 2015 Melanie Wright, ADRN - 10th March 2016 Sarah Aitchison, Head of Archives - UCL Institute of Education - 28th June 2016 Nicola Shelton, Director of CeLSIUS (UCL) - 1st November 2016 Masters of Pie (Virtual Reality company)
Start Year 2012
 
Description Leadership Team 
Organisation University of Southampton
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Facilitate and fund quarterly scientific leadership team meetings.
Collaborator Contribution The partners contribute to the discussion that informs the direction of CLOSER.
Impact We've had the past speakers for the afternoon session in the meeting: • 19th July 2012 Susan Wallace, University of Leicester on Ethics of Feedback • 29th November 2012 John Kaye, British Library on ODIN • 21st March 2013 Andy Teague, ONS on Census Beyond 2012 • 10th July 2013 Harry Hemingway, E-Health Informatics Research Centre at UCL on the Farr Institute • 5th November 2013 Knowledge Exchange Workshop on finalising Tier 3 training • 11th March 2014 Life Study - The Journey So Far • 3rd July 2014 What can Geographical Context bring to the Cohorts? Rich Mitchell • 3rd November 2014 Data Linkage, Ronan Lyons, UK Health Informatics Research Network • 10th March 2015 Tim Leunig, The Contribution Cohort & Longitudinal Studies make to Research and Policy Development in Education • 8th July 2015 Jane Tinkler, Parliamentary Office for Science and Technology • 25th November 2015 Melanie Wright, ADRN - 10th March 2016 Sarah Aitchison, Head of Archives - UCL Institute of Education - 28th June 2016 Nicola Shelton, Director of CeLSIUS (UCL) - 1st November 2016 Masters of Pie (Virtual Reality company)
Start Year 2012
 
Description Leadership Team 
Organisation University of Warwick
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Facilitate and fund quarterly scientific leadership team meetings.
Collaborator Contribution The partners contribute to the discussion that informs the direction of CLOSER.
Impact We've had the past speakers for the afternoon session in the meeting: • 19th July 2012 Susan Wallace, University of Leicester on Ethics of Feedback • 29th November 2012 John Kaye, British Library on ODIN • 21st March 2013 Andy Teague, ONS on Census Beyond 2012 • 10th July 2013 Harry Hemingway, E-Health Informatics Research Centre at UCL on the Farr Institute • 5th November 2013 Knowledge Exchange Workshop on finalising Tier 3 training • 11th March 2014 Life Study - The Journey So Far • 3rd July 2014 What can Geographical Context bring to the Cohorts? Rich Mitchell • 3rd November 2014 Data Linkage, Ronan Lyons, UK Health Informatics Research Network • 10th March 2015 Tim Leunig, The Contribution Cohort & Longitudinal Studies make to Research and Policy Development in Education • 8th July 2015 Jane Tinkler, Parliamentary Office for Science and Technology • 25th November 2015 Melanie Wright, ADRN - 10th March 2016 Sarah Aitchison, Head of Archives - UCL Institute of Education - 28th June 2016 Nicola Shelton, Director of CeLSIUS (UCL) - 1st November 2016 Masters of Pie (Virtual Reality company)
Start Year 2012
 
Description Longitudinal Communications Network 
Organisation Bradford Institute for Health Research (BIHR)
Department Born in Bradford
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution The Longitudinal Communications Network is established, hosted and chaired by CLOSER and is held on a quarterly basis.
Collaborator Contribution Members of the Longitudinal Communications Network discuss common challenges faced within the biomedical and social sciences communications field, share learning, encourage collaboration on communications, and promote best practice.
Impact Members discuss topics including, but not limited to: study participation communications and engagement; communicating scientific research to different audiences; engaging with government and policymakers; monitoring and evaluating communications activities; using marketing and communications tools effectively and ensuring best practice. Guest speakers are often invited to share their expertise and experience to address common or topical challenges in the community
Start Year 2013
 
Description Longitudinal Communications Network 
Organisation Centre for Longitudinal Study Information and User Support (CeLSIUS)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The Longitudinal Communications Network is established, hosted and chaired by CLOSER and is held on a quarterly basis.
Collaborator Contribution Members of the Longitudinal Communications Network discuss common challenges faced within the biomedical and social sciences communications field, share learning, encourage collaboration on communications, and promote best practice.
Impact Members discuss topics including, but not limited to: study participation communications and engagement; communicating scientific research to different audiences; engaging with government and policymakers; monitoring and evaluating communications activities; using marketing and communications tools effectively and ensuring best practice. Guest speakers are often invited to share their expertise and experience to address common or topical challenges in the community
Start Year 2013
 
Description Longitudinal Communications Network 
Organisation English Longitudinal Study of Ageing (ELSA)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The Longitudinal Communications Network is established, hosted and chaired by CLOSER and is held on a quarterly basis.
Collaborator Contribution Members of the Longitudinal Communications Network discuss common challenges faced within the biomedical and social sciences communications field, share learning, encourage collaboration on communications, and promote best practice.
Impact Members discuss topics including, but not limited to: study participation communications and engagement; communicating scientific research to different audiences; engaging with government and policymakers; monitoring and evaluating communications activities; using marketing and communications tools effectively and ensuring best practice. Guest speakers are often invited to share their expertise and experience to address common or topical challenges in the community
Start Year 2013
 
Description Longitudinal Communications Network 
Organisation Medical Research Council (MRC)
Department National Survey of Health and Development (NSHD)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution The Longitudinal Communications Network is established, hosted and chaired by CLOSER and is held on a quarterly basis.
Collaborator Contribution Members of the Longitudinal Communications Network discuss common challenges faced within the biomedical and social sciences communications field, share learning, encourage collaboration on communications, and promote best practice.
Impact Members discuss topics including, but not limited to: study participation communications and engagement; communicating scientific research to different audiences; engaging with government and policymakers; monitoring and evaluating communications activities; using marketing and communications tools effectively and ensuring best practice. Guest speakers are often invited to share their expertise and experience to address common or topical challenges in the community
Start Year 2013
 
Description Longitudinal Communications Network 
Organisation Millennium Cohort Study (MCS)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The Longitudinal Communications Network is established, hosted and chaired by CLOSER and is held on a quarterly basis.
Collaborator Contribution Members of the Longitudinal Communications Network discuss common challenges faced within the biomedical and social sciences communications field, share learning, encourage collaboration on communications, and promote best practice.
Impact Members discuss topics including, but not limited to: study participation communications and engagement; communicating scientific research to different audiences; engaging with government and policymakers; monitoring and evaluating communications activities; using marketing and communications tools effectively and ensuring best practice. Guest speakers are often invited to share their expertise and experience to address common or topical challenges in the community
Start Year 2013
 
Description Longitudinal Communications Network 
Organisation National Centre for Social Research
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution The Longitudinal Communications Network is established, hosted and chaired by CLOSER and is held on a quarterly basis.
Collaborator Contribution Members of the Longitudinal Communications Network discuss common challenges faced within the biomedical and social sciences communications field, share learning, encourage collaboration on communications, and promote best practice.
Impact Members discuss topics including, but not limited to: study participation communications and engagement; communicating scientific research to different audiences; engaging with government and policymakers; monitoring and evaluating communications activities; using marketing and communications tools effectively and ensuring best practice. Guest speakers are often invited to share their expertise and experience to address common or topical challenges in the community
Start Year 2013
 
Description Longitudinal Communications Network 
Organisation Queen's University Belfast
Department Northern Ireland Cohort for the Longitudinal Study of Ageing (NICOLA)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The Longitudinal Communications Network is established, hosted and chaired by CLOSER and is held on a quarterly basis.
Collaborator Contribution Members of the Longitudinal Communications Network discuss common challenges faced within the biomedical and social sciences communications field, share learning, encourage collaboration on communications, and promote best practice.
Impact Members discuss topics including, but not limited to: study participation communications and engagement; communicating scientific research to different audiences; engaging with government and policymakers; monitoring and evaluating communications activities; using marketing and communications tools effectively and ensuring best practice. Guest speakers are often invited to share their expertise and experience to address common or topical challenges in the community
Start Year 2013
 
Description Longitudinal Communications Network 
Organisation The British Library
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution The Longitudinal Communications Network is established, hosted and chaired by CLOSER and is held on a quarterly basis.
Collaborator Contribution Members of the Longitudinal Communications Network discuss common challenges faced within the biomedical and social sciences communications field, share learning, encourage collaboration on communications, and promote best practice.
Impact Members discuss topics including, but not limited to: study participation communications and engagement; communicating scientific research to different audiences; engaging with government and policymakers; monitoring and evaluating communications activities; using marketing and communications tools effectively and ensuring best practice. Guest speakers are often invited to share their expertise and experience to address common or topical challenges in the community
Start Year 2013
 
Description Longitudinal Communications Network 
Organisation UK Data Service
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The Longitudinal Communications Network is established, hosted and chaired by CLOSER and is held on a quarterly basis.
Collaborator Contribution Members of the Longitudinal Communications Network discuss common challenges faced within the biomedical and social sciences communications field, share learning, encourage collaboration on communications, and promote best practice.
Impact Members discuss topics including, but not limited to: study participation communications and engagement; communicating scientific research to different audiences; engaging with government and policymakers; monitoring and evaluating communications activities; using marketing and communications tools effectively and ensuring best practice. Guest speakers are often invited to share their expertise and experience to address common or topical challenges in the community
Start Year 2013
 
Description Longitudinal Communications Network 
Organisation Understanding Society
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution The Longitudinal Communications Network is established, hosted and chaired by CLOSER and is held on a quarterly basis.
Collaborator Contribution Members of the Longitudinal Communications Network discuss common challenges faced within the biomedical and social sciences communications field, share learning, encourage collaboration on communications, and promote best practice.
Impact Members discuss topics including, but not limited to: study participation communications and engagement; communicating scientific research to different audiences; engaging with government and policymakers; monitoring and evaluating communications activities; using marketing and communications tools effectively and ensuring best practice. Guest speakers are often invited to share their expertise and experience to address common or topical challenges in the community
Start Year 2013
 
Description Longitudinal Communications Network 
Organisation University College London
Department 1958 Birth Cohort/National Child Development Study
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The Longitudinal Communications Network is established, hosted and chaired by CLOSER and is held on a quarterly basis.
Collaborator Contribution Members of the Longitudinal Communications Network discuss common challenges faced within the biomedical and social sciences communications field, share learning, encourage collaboration on communications, and promote best practice.
Impact Members discuss topics including, but not limited to: study participation communications and engagement; communicating scientific research to different audiences; engaging with government and policymakers; monitoring and evaluating communications activities; using marketing and communications tools effectively and ensuring best practice. Guest speakers are often invited to share their expertise and experience to address common or topical challenges in the community
Start Year 2013
 
Description Longitudinal Communications Network 
Organisation University College London
Department Centre for Longitudinal Studies
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The Longitudinal Communications Network is established, hosted and chaired by CLOSER and is held on a quarterly basis.
Collaborator Contribution Members of the Longitudinal Communications Network discuss common challenges faced within the biomedical and social sciences communications field, share learning, encourage collaboration on communications, and promote best practice.
Impact Members discuss topics including, but not limited to: study participation communications and engagement; communicating scientific research to different audiences; engaging with government and policymakers; monitoring and evaluating communications activities; using marketing and communications tools effectively and ensuring best practice. Guest speakers are often invited to share their expertise and experience to address common or topical challenges in the community
Start Year 2013
 
Description Longitudinal Communications Network 
Organisation University College London
Department Whitehall II
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The Longitudinal Communications Network is established, hosted and chaired by CLOSER and is held on a quarterly basis.
Collaborator Contribution Members of the Longitudinal Communications Network discuss common challenges faced within the biomedical and social sciences communications field, share learning, encourage collaboration on communications, and promote best practice.
Impact Members discuss topics including, but not limited to: study participation communications and engagement; communicating scientific research to different audiences; engaging with government and policymakers; monitoring and evaluating communications activities; using marketing and communications tools effectively and ensuring best practice. Guest speakers are often invited to share their expertise and experience to address common or topical challenges in the community
Start Year 2013
 
Description Longitudinal Communications Network 
Organisation University of Bristol
Department Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children (ALSPAC)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The Longitudinal Communications Network is established, hosted and chaired by CLOSER and is held on a quarterly basis.
Collaborator Contribution Members of the Longitudinal Communications Network discuss common challenges faced within the biomedical and social sciences communications field, share learning, encourage collaboration on communications, and promote best practice.
Impact Members discuss topics including, but not limited to: study participation communications and engagement; communicating scientific research to different audiences; engaging with government and policymakers; monitoring and evaluating communications activities; using marketing and communications tools effectively and ensuring best practice. Guest speakers are often invited to share their expertise and experience to address common or topical challenges in the community
Start Year 2013
 
Description Longitudinal Communications Network 
Organisation University of Westminster
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The Longitudinal Communications Network is established, hosted and chaired by CLOSER and is held on a quarterly basis.
Collaborator Contribution Members of the Longitudinal Communications Network discuss common challenges faced within the biomedical and social sciences communications field, share learning, encourage collaboration on communications, and promote best practice.
Impact Members discuss topics including, but not limited to: study participation communications and engagement; communicating scientific research to different audiences; engaging with government and policymakers; monitoring and evaluating communications activities; using marketing and communications tools effectively and ensuring best practice. Guest speakers are often invited to share their expertise and experience to address common or topical challenges in the community
Start Year 2013
 
Description National Core Study: Longitudinal Health & Wellbeing Study 
Organisation University College London
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution CLOSER has provided analytic input to the National Core Study programme on Longitudinal Health and Wellbeing, working towards enhacing our insights into the impact of COVID-19 and the additional societal factors contributing to this impact.
Collaborator Contribution The partners have provided CLOSER with an opportunity to inform and contribute to emerging research on COVID-19.
Impact This collaboraiton is multidisciplinary, encompassing the health and social sciences.
Start Year 2019
 
Description Network: Longitudinal Communications Network 
Organisation University College London
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution CLOSER established, chairs and hosts this network. We arrange quarterly meetings to share learning and explore ideas for joined up working.
Collaborator Contribution Each partner shares learning and updates from their work, contribute to joint projects and feedback information to their wider teams.
Impact The network has produced a signicant amount of informal knowledge sharing, and the following formal collaborations: Introduction to research communications: A one-day training workshop aimed primarily at early career researchers. Conceptualised, organised and hosted by the Longitudinal Communications Network. Participant engagement in longitudinal studies: A one-day knowledge exchange workshop aimed at any study staff working in this area. Conceptualised, organised and hosted by the Longitudinal Communications Network.
Start Year 2013
 
Description Network: Longitudinal Communications Network 
Organisation University of Bristol
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution CLOSER established, chairs and hosts this network. We arrange quarterly meetings to share learning and explore ideas for joined up working.
Collaborator Contribution Each partner shares learning and updates from their work, contribute to joint projects and feedback information to their wider teams.
Impact The network has produced a signicant amount of informal knowledge sharing, and the following formal collaborations: Introduction to research communications: A one-day training workshop aimed primarily at early career researchers. Conceptualised, organised and hosted by the Longitudinal Communications Network. Participant engagement in longitudinal studies: A one-day knowledge exchange workshop aimed at any study staff working in this area. Conceptualised, organised and hosted by the Longitudinal Communications Network.
Start Year 2013
 
Description Network: Longitudinal Communications Network 
Organisation University of Essex
Department Institute for Social and Economic Research, Essex
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution CLOSER established, chairs and hosts this network. We arrange quarterly meetings to share learning and explore ideas for joined up working.
Collaborator Contribution Each partner shares learning and updates from their work, contribute to joint projects and feedback information to their wider teams.
Impact The network has produced a signicant amount of informal knowledge sharing, and the following formal collaborations: Introduction to research communications: A one-day training workshop aimed primarily at early career researchers. Conceptualised, organised and hosted by the Longitudinal Communications Network. Participant engagement in longitudinal studies: A one-day knowledge exchange workshop aimed at any study staff working in this area. Conceptualised, organised and hosted by the Longitudinal Communications Network.
Start Year 2013
 
Description Network: Longitudinal Communications Network 
Organisation University of Southampton
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution CLOSER established, chairs and hosts this network. We arrange quarterly meetings to share learning and explore ideas for joined up working.
Collaborator Contribution Each partner shares learning and updates from their work, contribute to joint projects and feedback information to their wider teams.
Impact The network has produced a signicant amount of informal knowledge sharing, and the following formal collaborations: Introduction to research communications: A one-day training workshop aimed primarily at early career researchers. Conceptualised, organised and hosted by the Longitudinal Communications Network. Participant engagement in longitudinal studies: A one-day knowledge exchange workshop aimed at any study staff working in this area. Conceptualised, organised and hosted by the Longitudinal Communications Network.
Start Year 2013
 
Description Participation in Food and Nutrition Research Infrastructure - UK Node 
Organisation Insitute of Food Research
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The national node is part of a wider European submission to be added to ESFRI 2021 Roadmap. Successful inclusion will lead to the development of a bid for formalisation of the National Node. CLOSER has been involved in discussions on the metadata infrastructure and is participating in the the co-ordinating team
Collaborator Contribution The national node is part of a wider European submission to be added to ESFRI 2021 Roadmap. Successful inclusion will lead to the development of a bid for formalisation of the National Node. CLOSER has been involved in discussions on the metadata infrastructure and is participating in the the co-ordinating team
Impact None for far
Start Year 2020
 
Description Participation in Food and Nutrition Research Infrastructure - UK Node 
Organisation University of Surrey
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The national node is part of a wider European submission to be added to ESFRI 2021 Roadmap. Successful inclusion will lead to the development of a bid for formalisation of the National Node. CLOSER has been involved in discussions on the metadata infrastructure and is participating in the the co-ordinating team
Collaborator Contribution The national node is part of a wider European submission to be added to ESFRI 2021 Roadmap. Successful inclusion will lead to the development of a bid for formalisation of the National Node. CLOSER has been involved in discussions on the metadata infrastructure and is participating in the the co-ordinating team
Impact None for far
Start Year 2020
 
Description Scientific Advisory Committee - Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) project 
Organisation University of Groningen
Country Netherlands 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Rebecca Hardy was invited to sit on the Scientific Advisory Committee of the project funded by the NWO - Working life trajectories of young adults and mental health from a life course perspective. She provides expertise and advice to the research team on life course methods and approaches.
Collaborator Contribution The collaboration aims to produce research linking working lives and mental health in young people in the Metherlands.
Impact This is a multidisciplinary project across sociology, epidemiology, occupational health.
Start Year 2019
 
Description Structured Data Transformation Language Working Group (Data Documentation Initiative Alliance) 
Organisation University of Michigan
Country United States 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The CLOSER Data Harmonisation Lead is an invited member of this working group that has led the adoption of a new standard for the documentation of data processing code by the international Data Documentation Initiative Alliance. CLOSER has provided direct input to the development and promotion of this new standard amongst the research data community in the UK and abroad.
Collaborator Contribution The Structured Data Transformation Language (SDTL) Working Group at the Data Documentation Initiative Alliance has helped establish and promote improved standards for the capturing data processing syntax to enhance how data provenance is captured across different statistical programming languages. This collaboration has also provided CLOSER with new research collaborations, which are currently in the process of building new funding applications.
Impact The working group achieved the successful outcome of having the Data Documentation Initiative adopt Structured Data Transformation Language as a new standard for use by data managers and any researcher seeking to adhere to the FAIR principles of scientific data management. The collaboration is multi-disciplinary, bringing together researchers from the social and biomedical sciences, as well as computing and statistics.
Start Year 2020
 
Description Techincal Oversite Commitee 
Organisation Government of the UK
Department UK Data Archive
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Facilitate and fund quarterly Technical oversite meetings.
Collaborator Contribution The partners contribute to the discussion that informs the direction of CLOSER Discovery.
Impact The purpose of the group is to; • To provide strategic advice on the technical direction of CLOSER Discovery. • To provide a trouble-shooting function on areas of CLOSER Discovery where issues arise or feedback for improvements are requested. The network has produced a significant amount of informal knowledge sharing across the CLOSER studies. The committee provided advice on metadata standards, software and the direction of CLOSER Discovery including drafting the CLOSER controlled vocabulary (CV) of Topics, and has since proposed changes to the CV which were implemented.
Start Year 2012
 
Description Techincal Oversite Commitee 
Organisation University College London
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Facilitate and fund quarterly Technical oversite meetings.
Collaborator Contribution The partners contribute to the discussion that informs the direction of CLOSER Discovery.
Impact The purpose of the group is to; • To provide strategic advice on the technical direction of CLOSER Discovery. • To provide a trouble-shooting function on areas of CLOSER Discovery where issues arise or feedback for improvements are requested. The network has produced a significant amount of informal knowledge sharing across the CLOSER studies. The committee provided advice on metadata standards, software and the direction of CLOSER Discovery including drafting the CLOSER controlled vocabulary (CV) of Topics, and has since proposed changes to the CV which were implemented.
Start Year 2012
 
Description Techincal Oversite Commitee 
Organisation University of Bristol
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Facilitate and fund quarterly Technical oversite meetings.
Collaborator Contribution The partners contribute to the discussion that informs the direction of CLOSER Discovery.
Impact The purpose of the group is to; • To provide strategic advice on the technical direction of CLOSER Discovery. • To provide a trouble-shooting function on areas of CLOSER Discovery where issues arise or feedback for improvements are requested. The network has produced a significant amount of informal knowledge sharing across the CLOSER studies. The committee provided advice on metadata standards, software and the direction of CLOSER Discovery including drafting the CLOSER controlled vocabulary (CV) of Topics, and has since proposed changes to the CV which were implemented.
Start Year 2012
 
Description Techincal Oversite Commitee 
Organisation University of Edinburgh
Department Institute of Genetics & Molecular Medicine
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Facilitate and fund quarterly Technical oversite meetings.
Collaborator Contribution The partners contribute to the discussion that informs the direction of CLOSER Discovery.
Impact The purpose of the group is to; • To provide strategic advice on the technical direction of CLOSER Discovery. • To provide a trouble-shooting function on areas of CLOSER Discovery where issues arise or feedback for improvements are requested. The network has produced a significant amount of informal knowledge sharing across the CLOSER studies. The committee provided advice on metadata standards, software and the direction of CLOSER Discovery including drafting the CLOSER controlled vocabulary (CV) of Topics, and has since proposed changes to the CV which were implemented.
Start Year 2012
 
Description Techincal Oversite Commitee 
Organisation University of Essex
Department Institute for Social and Economic Research, Essex
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Facilitate and fund quarterly Technical oversite meetings.
Collaborator Contribution The partners contribute to the discussion that informs the direction of CLOSER Discovery.
Impact The purpose of the group is to; • To provide strategic advice on the technical direction of CLOSER Discovery. • To provide a trouble-shooting function on areas of CLOSER Discovery where issues arise or feedback for improvements are requested. The network has produced a significant amount of informal knowledge sharing across the CLOSER studies. The committee provided advice on metadata standards, software and the direction of CLOSER Discovery including drafting the CLOSER controlled vocabulary (CV) of Topics, and has since proposed changes to the CV which were implemented.
Start Year 2012
 
Description UK Longitudinal Linkage Collaboration 
Organisation University of Bristol
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution CLOSER's data harmonisation theme lead has been providing direct support and guidance (in the form of a secondment) on the development of a new harmonised cross-study dataset that will form part of the recently established UK Longitudinal Linkage Collaboration platform.
Collaborator Contribution The UK Longitudinal Linkage Collaboration has highlighted the role of CLOSER in its work and is reimbursing CLOSER for the resources shared through the secondment
Impact A data harmoniation protocol (providing instruction on best practice in longitudinal data harmonisation) has been drafted as a working paper. CLOSER's data harmonisation lead has also delivered short talks at meetings involving the UK longitudinal study community. This collaboration is multi-disciplinary, encompassing the health and social sciences.
Start Year 2020
 
Description Understanding Patient Data (UPD) supporter 
Organisation Wellcome Trust
Department Understanding Patient Data
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution CLOSER signed up as one of the organisations supporting the work of Understanding Patient Data (UPD), sharing information and engaging with their membership to help develop the team's ideas and resources.
Collaborator Contribution Helping to develop Understanding Patient Data's ideas and resources and sharing information, for example, case studies.
Impact Publication of a case study of research comparing data from longitudinal research with Hospital Episode Statistics featuring one of the CLOSER studies (the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children): https://understandingpatientdata.org.uk/case-study/investigating-self-harm-young-people
Start Year 2017
 
Description University of Cambridge 
Organisation University of Cambridge
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution CLOSER funds and facilitates the quarterly scientific leadership team meetings that bring together all the PI's of the CLOSER studies. CLOSER funds and facilitates the Executive Group meetings. Allows Cambridge to be a partner giving access to CLOSER's training and capacity building work.
Collaborator Contribution Attendance at leadership team meetings and the expertise from Professor Anna Vignoles in: Biomedical and social science research using cohort and other population data; research translation to ensure that cohort research outcomes are used for societal benefit; data linkage; data harmonisation and advocating the role of cohort studies in past, present and future policy debates
Impact Contribution to the quarterly Leadership Team meetings. Anna Vignoles provides the role of 'senior user' in the leadership team.
Start Year 2012
 
Description Wellcome Secretariat 
Organisation University of Bristol
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution CLOSER's data harmonisation lead contributed to the analysis group of the Wellcome Secretariat
Collaborator Contribution The Wellcome Secretariat provided CLOSER with an opportunity to contribute to the steer of its work
Impact This work has fed into the National Core Studies Longitudinal Health and Wellbeing research programme on COVID-19, in which CLOSER has continued to be involved. This collaboration was multi-disciplinary, encompassing the health and social sciences.
Start Year 2020
 
Title Archivist 
Description Archivist is designed to lower the barriers to documenting data collection instruments such as survey questionnaires and link that to data outputs in DDI Lifecycle 
Type Of Technology Webtool/Application 
Year Produced 2016 
Open Source License? Yes  
Impact None as yet 
URL https://github.com/CLOSER-Cohorts/archivist
 
Title CLOSER Discovery platform 
Description Search and discovery platform for metadata from nine longitudinal studies 
Type Of Technology Webtool/Application 
Year Produced 2015 
Impact a. Webinar with 50+ attendees, from a range of organisations, in UK, including government (Department of Health), third sector organisations (NSPCC), government agencies (Public Health Observatory), and international organisations (Research Data Centre (Canada), National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), Finnish Data Archive. The attendees were predominantly research data professionals. b. Expressions of interest and enquiries from international organisations wishing to carry out similar work utilising our workflows, e,g IPUMS and USC Stevens Neuro-imaging and Informatics Institute c. Webinar with 90+ attendees from 60+ organisations The spread of organisations both in the UK and internationally was much wider, whilst universities were the main attenders, a third were from mainly international Archives, commercial organisations, government (DfE), NHS, funders independent research organisations and from the House of Commons Library. A third of attendees were from research data professionals, in contrast to the previous webinar there was significant interest from researchers (33%) and also 16 post graduate students.The range of disciplines attending also increased from the previous webinar with a stronger interest from biomedical related areas. d. Requirements for the platform have led to some important improvements in the DDI metadata standard that will be incorporated into the next version. e. CLOSER Discovery is used as one of the main examples of successful implementation of the DDI Lifecycle standard and its use in promoting research resources in presentations by the DDI Alliance. CLOSER has been invited to contribute to a number of these events, for instance at the ICPSR Data Fair. 
URL http://discovery.closer.ac.uk
 
Title CLOSER Metadata Integration Environment 
Description Metadata Integration Environment uses Colectica's SDK to update and maintain Colectica Repository to CLOSER's standards 
Type Of Technology Software 
Year Produced 2017 
Open Source License? Yes  
Impact None as yet 
URL https://github.com/CLOSER-Cohorts/CMIE
 
Title CLOSER Repository Ingester 
Description Ingests DDI 3.2 XML from Archivist and SledgeHammer into Colectica Repository 
Type Of Technology Software 
Year Produced 2016 
Impact None as yet 
URL https://github.com/CLOSER-Cohorts/CLOSER-Repository-Ingester
 
Title CLS Abridged DDI Editor for Surveys (CADDIES) 
Description This website edits survey metadata held in a relational database. The database schema (architecture) is based on the ddi3 xml schema, ddi3.1 for Caddies v0.11, ddi3.2 for Caddies v0.12 onwards. This means that duplication is held to a minimum and that editable fields for a given object are usually set by reference to objects in another table, in practice through menu options. 
Type Of Technology Webtool/Application 
Year Produced 2013 
Impact The CLOSER metadata search platform has a number of key inputs, questionnaire, data, study and data collection metadata. CADDIES is the tool used to input metadata captured from questionnaires and in particular paper forms. CADDIES is the most efficient methods of entering this information, for the purposes of this project. The project would not have been able to capture the metadata in the time and resources available with any other tool. 
URL https://github.com/CLOSER-Cohorts/caddies
 
Title Colectica API framework 
Description The software provides a python interface for harvesting different metadata item types from a Colectica Repository 
Type Of Technology Software 
Year Produced 2021 
Impact The software has been used to support two projects one funded by ESRC, the other by STFC 
URL https://github.com/CLOSER-Cohorts/colectica_api
 
Title DDI 3.2 Questionnaire Profile 
Description XML schema profile for sub-setting DDI3.2 for use in CLOSER search platform 
Type Of Technology Software 
Year Produced 2014 
Open Source License? Yes  
Impact a. Definition of minimum outputs from IBM Data Collector for Survey Agencies IPSOS-MORI, Natcen for supply of machine readable outputs of data collection. b. Endorsement for profile from a range of international organisations, including ICPSR, Australian Data Archive, GESIS - Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences, and Survey Research Operations, Survey Research Center, Institute for Social Research (http://www.ddialliance.org/survey-metadata-reusability-and-exchange-a-call-to-action-for-questionnaire-documentation) c. Adoption of profile by ONS for the development of the Questionnaire Capture system 
URL https://github.com/CLOSER-Cohorts/ddiprofile
 
Title Longitudinal comparison of questions and variables 
Description The software enables a user to create using a range of search patterns comparable questions and variables within a Study or across studies which are held in Colectica repository 
Type Of Technology Webtool/Application 
Year Produced 2021 
Open Source License? Yes  
Impact None as yet 
URL https://github.com/CLOSER-Cohorts/Equivalences
 
Title Mapper 
Description Web based tool for mapping questions and variables, and question and variables to topics, for ingest into a metadata repository 
Type Of Technology Webtool/Application 
Year Produced 2015 
Impact Increased efficiency of ingest of metadata into CLOSER metadata repository 
URL https://github.com/CLOSER-Cohorts/mapper
 
Title Puma README 
Description Produced from CLOSER Work Package 12 - Puma is a pipeline to mine academic publication metadata, creating a valuable research object and visual analytics from a research project publication list. 
Type Of Technology Webtool/Application 
Year Produced 2017 
Open Source License? Yes  
Impact The tool has been promoted at conferences both in the UK and abroad - for example, at the RDA Plenaries conference in Montreal Canada in 2017. 
URL https://github.com/OllyButters/puma
 
Title Social media linkage software 
Description The main aim of this project is to produce easy to use open source software that will facilitate the secure linkage of social media data in UK birth cohorts. 
Type Of Technology Software 
Year Produced 2019 
Open Source License? Yes  
Impact This software will facilitate the secure linkage of social media data in UK birth cohorts, providing high-resolution time series data on participants' real-life social interactions that will be processed to provide anonymised datasets available to researchers. 
 
Title Software for Probabalistic Anonymisation 
Description Individual-level data require protection from unauthorised access to safeguard confidentiality and security of sensitive information. Risks of disclosure are evaluated through privacy risk assessments and are controlled or minimised before data sharing and integration. The evolution from 'Micro Data Laboratory' traditions (i.e. access in controlled physical locations) to 'Open Data' (i.e. sharing individual-level data) drives the development of efficient anonymisation methods and protection controls. Effective anonymisation techniques should increase the uncertainty surrounding re-identification while retaining data utility, allowing informative data analysis. 'Probabilistic anonymisation' is one such technique, which alters the data by addition of random noise. The software is designed to be used by data managers and users without the requirement of advanced statistical knowledge. 
Type Of Technology Software 
Year Produced 2018 
Open Source License? Yes  
Impact This is proof of principle software which is now being used in a Wellcome Trust funded project to develop efficient and transparent record linkage methodologies. The authors intend to apply for further funding to develop the software into a more fully featured package. 
URL http://www.llcsjournal.org/index.php/llcs/article/view/478
 
Title Tipi 
Description Tipi provides CLOSER Topic predictions-as-a-service using variable labels. Using deep learning trained on metadata from CLOSER's repository, future variables to be added to Discovery or other metadata repositories can be automatically tagged. 
Type Of Technology Software 
Year Produced 2017 
Open Source License? Yes  
Impact Further time savings are capable for CLOSER's metadata and data enhancement programme. Tipi will reduce the workload of tagging variables from new studies to be added to Discovery by 90%. 
URL https://github.com/CLOSER-Cohorts/tipi
 
Description 'The Devil is in the Detail': Assessment and Harmonisation of Cognitive Measures in British Birth Cohorts 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Conference presentation at Society for Longitudinal and Life Course Studies International Conference 2019. University of Potsdam, Germany.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.closer.ac.uk/event/slls-conference-2019/
 
Description 5 new things you can now find through CLOSER Discovery 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Following the content update to CLOSER Discovery, Dr Hayley Mills highlighted five new things users can now find through the platform and describes the possibilities this opens up for researchers. As of 03 March 2020, the blog has been viewed 89 times.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.closer.ac.uk/news-opinion/blog/5-new-things-in-closer-discovery/
 
Description A DDI Primer: An overview and examples of DDI in action 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact A webinar organised as part of a wider engagement activity with users of the ICPSR Data Archive
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/icpsrweb/content/membership/datafair/
 
Description A day in life -blog post 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact blog post taking the reader through a day of my PhD viva. The blog has been reposted on CLS website, and is available at https://cls.ucl.ac.uk/dr-bozena-wielgoszewska-awarded-for-developing-new-approaches-to-research-impact/. To date the post has had 120 views on the UKDS website and on the CLS website.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL http://blog.ukdataservice.ac.uk/a-day-in-the-life-bozena-wielgoszewska/
 
Description A misspent youth? How new technology is shedding light on what teenagers do all day 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact To coincide with the new MCS time use diary and accelerometer data release, Centre for Longitudinal Studies (CLS) Survey Manager, Dr Emily Gilbert discussed how the use of new technology has enabled CLS to gain new insights into the lives of the millennial generation. This blog was cross-posted from the CLS website. As of 8 March, the blog has been viewed 18 times on the CLOSER website and 126 times on the CLS website.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.closer.ac.uk/news-opinion/blog/blog-misspent-youth-technology-shedding-light-teenagers-d...
 
Description ATI/BL/SSI Software Citation Workshop, May 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact CLOSER Discovery uses DDI-Lifecycle (http://www.ddialliance.org/Specification/DDI-Lifecycle/) to provide persistent identifiers at the variable level enabling the provenance of data. Contextual metadata about the way in which the data was collected can also be used in assessing and documenting the decisions software makes about data processing and for its use in computation and analysis.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description About CLOSER 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Presentation at University of Oxford Department of Sociology focused on CLOSER's outputs and how they might be of interest to academics and students. 14 November 2016.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description About CLOSER 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact A talk about CLOSER for staff and students at LSE's Centre for the Analysis of Social Exclusion 23 November 2016.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Accessing and using 'real-world' study data: A Stata-based introduction for newcomers to longitudinal research 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact In collaboration with the UK Data Service, we designed and delivered a new open-access course on accessing and analysing longitudinal study data. 175 participants took part as of 10th June 2020, with the course remaining open for new participants. Feedback from the participants in this course was very positive with 80% of respondents rating the course 'excellent' or 'good' overall. A majority of participants said that the workshop had increased their knowledge of statistics and improved their confidence in carrying out statistical analysis. Participant feedback following the course underlined the participants' strong motivation to further develop their knowledge and skills on using and analysing longitudinal data, with many stating they would be 'quite likely' or 'very likely' to attend further sessions covering more advanced techniques.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://extend.ucl.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=655
 
Description Accessing transaction records for linkage in longitudinal cohort studies: how can researchers safeguard participants? 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Kate Shiells, Research Associate at the University of Bristol wrote a blog highlighting findings from a project exploring attitudes to sharing transaction records for linkage in the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children. The blog covers what was learnt from the project, and how the findings could provide researchers with safeguards for recruiting and involving participants in similar projects. As of 03 March 2020, the blog has been viewed 115 times.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.closer.ac.uk/news-opinion/blog/accessing-transaction-records-linkage-longitudinal-cohort...
 
Description Advice provided to external academic unit (National Archive on Computerised Data on Aging) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact A number of meetings with NACDA were held to discuss the development of methods for representing harmonised data in longitudinal studies
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Advice provided to external academic unit (SciencesPo, CDSP) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact A session was held with SciencesPo, CDSP to provide advice and support on best practice for the development of and maintenance of a metadata repository
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Advice provided to external academic unit (SciencesPo, Ethnic and Minority Migration Project) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact A session was held with SciencesPo, Ethnic and Minority Migration Project to provide advice and support on best practice for the development of and maintenance of a question bank on minority ethnic questions
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Advice provided to government department (Central Statistical Office - Ireland) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact A session was held with CSO Ireland to provide advice and support on best practice for the development of and maintenance of a metadata repository
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Advisory Group on Public Dialogue on the potential for an Administrative Data Spine 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact An expert advisory group to help design a public dialogue exercise aiming to test public understanding and acceptability of an Administrative Data Spine for longitudinal research,
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Alcohol consumption in adolescence and early adult life: What are the consequences? 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact The symposium opened up the dialogue between longitudinal researchers, policy makers and third sector organisations who are leading thinking in this area. By including speakers from both research and policy, it aimed to share the latest evidence on alcohol consumption among young people, review current and future policy priorities in this area, and to identify gaps in the evidence base.

Networks made with policy makers and good feedback
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
URL http://www.closer.ac.uk/event/alcohol-consumption-adolescence-early-adult-life-consequences/
 
Description Alison Park: shedding light on life outcomes 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact Alison Park, Director of CLOSER, was some questions about the project and that's been made available on the ESRC website. The result would be a wider audience will know about CLOSER.

The ESRC website will have a large volume of visitors to their website. It's hoped that people unaware of CLOSER may have visited the page and taken an interest in the project. This could increase visits to our website.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.esrc.ac.uk/about-esrc/50-years-of-ESRC/outlook-at-50/alison-park.aspx
 
Description All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG): Conception to Age Two 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact The APPG Conception to Age Two chaired by Tim Loughton MP was established in 2013 to promote a holistic approach to the antenatal and postnatal periods, with specific regard to the early years and infant mental health; to hold evidence-based inquiries into best practice for an infant's first 1001 critical days to help policymakers make informed decisions on provision in this period; and to uphold cross-party consensus for this age group. The focus of this meeting was The Children and Young People's Mental Health Green Paper 'Transforming children and young people's mental health: Green Paper' issued by the Department of Education and the Department of Health in December 2017. The intended purpose for CLOSER was to highlight the longitudinal evidence in this area of inquiry to a wide range of parliamentarians and policymakers. Outcomes included a citation in the meeting minutes, requests about further information and participation and plans made for future activity.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.pipuk.org.uk/sites/default/files/Minutes%20APPG%200-2%20Jan%202018_0.pdf
 
Description All-Party Parliamentary Health Group (APHG) Annual Dinner 2018. 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Invited by The Baroness Cumberlege CBE DL to attend a private dinner in the House of Lords. The All-Party Parliamentary Health Group (APHG) Annual Dinner is an opportunity to bring together APHG Officers, Advisors and Associate members to thank their supporters and discuss the future work of the group. The APHG is a high-level forum of cross-party parliamentarians and senior leaders in healthcare. It is dedicated to providing a cross-party forum for debate and engagement on health policy issues.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.healthinparliament.org.uk/
 
Description An Application of Search Engine Topics Through the Use of DDI-3.2 Concepts 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The presentation opened up further discussion on dissemination of processes which can assist efficiency of delivery of metadata
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.eddi-conferences.eu/ocs/index.php/eddi/eddi17/paper/view/295
 
Description An outline framework for the efficient onward-sharing of linked Longitudinal Study and NHS Digital records. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact I presented the findings of the joint CLOSER - NHS Digital work to identify methods to onwardly share linked health records. The audience included PI's of cohort studies and regulators (UK Statistics Authority).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://ijpds.org/adr2019
 
Description Article about survey and administrative data linkage in Social Research Association News 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Wrote an article about data linkage and how the social research community needed to engage with the Digital Economy Bill. It was printed in the December 2016 Social Research Association magazine (print only).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Article in Science in Parliament Journal 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Following the response to CLOSER's COVID-19 Taskforce from senior parliamentarians and policy makers, the Head of CLOSER's COVID-19 Taskforce was invited to write an article for the Science in Parliament Journal.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.scienceinparliament.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/sip-winter-2020-1.pdf
 
Description Article on 'Data Skills for the 21st Century' featured in the AESIS newsletter (September edition) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Article on 'Data Skills for the 21st Century' written by Rob Davies featured in the September 2019 edition of the AESIS (Network for Advancing & Advancing the Societal Impacts of Science) newsletter. This article covered aspects of the ESRC Longitudinal Studies Strategic Review, highlighted CLOSER's review of training needs, and showcased the CLOSER Learning Hub.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://mailchi.mp/3cec1320328a/aesis-sept19newsletter-1023523
 
Description Article on 'Evidence Informed Policy'' featured as a highlight of the year in the AESIS newsletter (December edition) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Article on evidence informed policy written by Rob Davies featured in the December 2019 edition of the AESIS (Network for Advancing & Advancing the Societal Impacts of Science) newsletter as one of the highlights of the year.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://mailchi.mp/83746498f3d8/december19
 
Description BRHS Documenting data in searchable formats 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Meeting discussed collaboration with Bristish Regional Heart Study
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Berlin EDDI Sprint 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Joint Technical Committee and DDI 4 Development Sprint focusing on the DDI Roadmap for 3.3 and DDI 4 post-prototype work.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://ddi-alliance.atlassian.net/wiki/spaces/DDI4/pages/620691457/Berlin+EDDI+Sprint+-+2018
 
Description Best practices for infrastructure development and data curation: accelerating timely and appropriate access to key research datasets Roundtable meeting convened by the Expert Advisory Group on Data Access (EAGDA) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Participation in this roundtable on 11/10/2016. The day covered: current challenges for data repositories; perspectives from the user community; towards a sustainable infrastructure for cohort and longitudinal studies; the way ahead - actions for funders.

With around 30 invited participants, the roundtable was a day of focused discussion, which aimed to identify and understand the challenges for data infrastructures of managing data from cohort and longitudinal studies.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Better survey data management with metadata 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The event provided an overview of best practice in using metadata to enhance data management processes.The slides have been made available on the project website

TThe event was well attended and the slides have been downloaded several times.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.closer.ac.uk/event/better-survey-data-management-with-metadata/
 
Description Blog 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Blog for CLOSER
"What? Who? And, how?: Discovering the depths of mental health data in UK longitudinal studies"
Following the launch of a new online catalogue which documents existing mental health and wellbeing measures collected by over 30 UK cohort and longitudinal studies, two of the platform's creators - Louise Arseneault and Bridget Bryan - showcase the search engine's potential for maximising the take-up of mental health measures in future longitudinal research.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.closer.ac.uk/news-opinion/blog/discovering-the-depths-of-mental-health-data
 
Description Blog Discover the future - discussing the added benefits of CLOSER Discovery 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact A blog reporting on the progress of the search platform as well as setting out the benefits of CLOSER Discovery. At the time of submission, the blog had 153 page views on the CLOSER website.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.closer.ac.uk/news-opinion/blog/discoverability-data-blog/
 
Description Blog Legacy metadata to future research - my journey to Discovery 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact Blog describing how CLOSER Discovery can benefit early career researchers. At the time of submission, the blog had 89 page views on the CLOSER website.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.closer.ac.uk/news-opinion/blog/legacy-metadata-future-research/
 
Description Blog introducing the CLOSER International project hosted on the CLOSER website 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact A blog reporting on the plans for CLOSER International, and the general importance of data discoverability. Introduced the plans for the Atlas Catalogue, so it also set the scene for future developments in the project and the CLOSER website.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.closer.ac.uk/news-opinion/blog/closer-international-data-discoverability-borders/
 
Description Blog on Boyhood 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact This was a blog about longitudinal studies in general to increase visitors on the website.

Tweeted about during the Oscars ceremony and was retweeted many times. The blog post was also one of the most visited pages on the website during that month.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL http://www.closer.ac.uk/news-opinion/2014/blog-boyhood-2/
 
Description Blog on the challenges and opportunities of cross-study data harmonisation hosted on the CLOSER website 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact A blog reporting on the ideas presented and learning obtained about cross-study harmonisation at a CLOSER training event held at the University of Manchester, disseminated via the CLOSER website, Twitter, and CLOSER email newsletters. At the time of submission, the blog had 165 page views on the CLOSER website.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.closer.ac.uk/news-opinion/blog/crossstudy-research-overcoming-obstacles-uncovering-oppor...
 
Description Blog on the new analysis training content on the CLOSER Learning HUB hosted on the CLOSER website 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact This blog was published to outline and promote the new module on the statistical analysis of longitudinal data that was added to the CLOSER Learning Hub. It was disseminated via the CLOSER website and received international attention as well as achieving impact on Twitter (both in the form of feedback and retweets). Interest was shown in the form of requests for additional content in future updates. At the time of submission, the blog had 127 page views on the CLOSER website.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.closer.ac.uk/news-opinion/blog/longitudinal-data-analysis-module/
 
Description Blog: "How tall are you? And what's that in metric?" 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact To promote Rebecca Hardy's CLOSER funded work harmonising measures of BMI across generation, Rebecca wrote a blog about the issues around harmonising data. The blog also promoted the deposit of a harmonised dataset at the UK Data Service.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.closer.ac.uk/news-opinion/2017/tall-whats-metric/
 
Description Blog: Blood, sweat and tears: creating the CLOSER biomarker catalogue 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact On the CLOSER blog Dr Milagros Ruiz and Professor Meena Kumari promote their CLOSER biomarker catalogue, a collection of all the biomarker measures available across the CLOSER studies. Meena argues that they provide a wealth of evidence that, until now, has been difficult to access by longitudinal researchers.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.closer.ac.uk/news-opinion/2018/closer-biomarker-catalogue-published-2/
 
Description Blog: Building the CLOSER metadata search platform 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This blog provided an update to the consortium on the reasons behind making the CLOSER metadata search platform

The blog has been read several times on the website
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.closer.ac.uk/news-opinion/2015/building-closer-metadata-search-platform/
 
Description Blog: Collecting data with new technologies - valuable for research, or are we just collecting data for the sake of it? 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact On the CLOSER blog researcher Annette Jäckle cautions that before we rush headlong into adopting new technologies to help with survey data collection we need to recognise and address the new challenges they bring with them. The blog continues the discussion of the issues raised at CLOSER's workshop 'New technologies to measure non-health topics in longitudinal studies'.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.closer.ac.uk/news-opinion/2018/collecting-data-technologies-valuable-resource-research-c...
 
Description Blog: Defining the modern family 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Longitudinal studies are an invaluable resource for answering such questions, and monitoring whether the answers change for different generations of Britons. But they also present a challenge - harmonising measures of family composition over time and across studies.

In this blog, Ian Plewis, of the Cathie Marsh Institute for Social Research, talks about the challenges he and his colleague Pierre Walthery faced in determining how measures of family composition might be harmonised across UK longitudinal studies as part of the ESRC-funded eStat project.

The purpose of this blog is to share learning on the opportunities and challenges of data harmonisation. The blog has had 32 views from across the UK, Europe and the US.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.closer.ac.uk/news-opinion/2015/defining-modern-family/
 
Description Blog: Do young people's attitudes to alcohol make them more likely to be violent when drinking? 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Dr Carly Lightowlers, a lecturer in Criminal Justice at Liverpool John Moores University (School of Law), investigated the connection between drinking and disorder in Britain. The blog supported her presentation at the CLOSER alcohol symposium.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
URL http://www.closer.ac.uk/news-opinion/2013/young-peoples-attitudes-alcohol-violent-drinking/
 
Description Blog: Finding data: Jane Elliott's directory of cohort directories 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Jane Elliott, previous Director of CLOSER, wrote some brief reflections following the MRC Population Cohort Strategy Workshop, London 6th March 2013. The blog investigated the various directories of cohort studies.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
URL http://www.closer.ac.uk/news-opinion/2013/finding-data-jane-elliotts-directory-cohort-directories/
 
Description Blog: Generation Gifted: enriching longitudinal evidence 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Professor Heather Joshi, founder of the Millennium Cohort Study, argued on the CLOSER blog that while personal stories contain a depth of detail that cannot be collected on a grand scale, statistical evidence provides the background against which exceptional cases can be seen in wider perspective.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.closer.ac.uk/news-opinion/2018/blog-generation-gifted/
 
Description Blog: Greater use of new technology to collect data can revolutionise longitudinal studies 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact On the CLOSER blog Dr Andy Skinner and Chris Stone suggest that new technology has the potential to transform health data collection in the longitudinal community - and that there are already promising signs of this among early adopters. The blog follows on from the successful CLOSER workshop 'New technology and novel methods for capturing health-related data in longitudinal and cohort studies'.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.closer.ac.uk/news-opinion/2018/new-technology-collect-data-revolutionise-longitudinal-st...
 
Description Blog: How longitudinal analysis helps us understand why the younger generation's living standards are faltering 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact The Rt Hon. Lord David Willetts gave the keynote speech at the 2017 CLOSER conference on 1 November. Here, he explains on the CLOSER blog how longitudinal analysis helps us expand our understanding of intergenerational differences and where policy to address these might focus.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.closer.ac.uk/news-opinion/2017/giving-children-regular-bedtimes-stops-jet-lag/
 
Description Blog: New report reveals the power of cohort studies 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Professor Alissa Goodman, Principal Investigator of the National Child Development Study, wrote a blog about how the report 'Greater Expectations: Raising expectations for our children' published by the National Children's Bureau (NCB), highlights the effects on children of the huge increase in relative poverty that has taken place over the last half century in Britain.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
URL http://www.closer.ac.uk/news-opinion/2013/report-reveals-power-cohort-studies/
 
Description Blog: Parental separation and adult psychological distress - why does this association exist and how has it changed over time? 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Rebecca Lacey, research associate at the International Centre for Life Course Studies (ICLS), discussed the part of her PhD thesis examining - Why is parental separation associated with increased reporting of psychological distress in adulthood for some children? How has this changed over time?
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
URL http://www.closer.ac.uk/news-opinion/2012/parental-separation-adult-psychological-distress-associati...
 
Description Blog: Participant engagement in longitudinal studies: A knowledge exchange workshop` 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Caroline Knowles, the Communications Manager at Young Lives - Oxford Department of International Development, provided an overview of CLOSER's Participant Engagement Knowledge Exchange Workshop held in January 2016.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.closer.ac.uk/news-opinion/2016/participant-engagement-in-longitudinal-studies-a-knowledge...
 
Description Blog: Studying area effects: How the old neighbourhood may shape our old age 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact A blog on the CLOSER website which examined the affects of living in certain areas.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
 
Description Blog: The Myth of the Working Mother 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Heather Joshi, Emeritus Professor of Economic and Developmental Demography at the UCL Institute of Education, investigated the question of what happens to children whose mothers go out to work. The blog was reposted on the IOE London Blog. The blog supported a presentation by Heather at the launch of the Campaign for Social Sciences 'Making the case for longitudinal studies' booklet.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
URL http://www.closer.ac.uk/news-opinion/2013/myth-working-mother/
 
Description Blog: The times they were a-changin': Placing Britain's longitudinal resources in historical context 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Jon Lawrence, Reader in Modern British History at the University of Cambridge, wrote a blog emphasizing the changes throughout Britain since the First World War. This blog was the first blog posted on the CLOSER website.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
URL http://www.closer.ac.uk/news-opinion/2012/times-achangin-placing-britains-longitudinal-resources-his...
 
Description Blog: UCL cohorts, biobanks and big data 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact The UCL cohorts, biobanks and big data symposium brought together researchers from across UCL and further afield to showcase activity in this area. This blog reported on the event.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://blogs.ucl.ac.uk/events/2017/03/29/ucl-cohorts-biobanks-and-big-data/
 
Description Blog: What can we learn by linking administrative records and longitudinal survey data? 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Dr Efrosini Setakis, Research Data Scientist at the Centre for Longitudinal Studies - UCL Institute of Education, provided an blog on the benefits of linking administrative records and longitudinal survey data.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.closer.ac.uk/news-opinion/2016/what-can-we-learn-by-linking-administrative-records/
 
Description Blog: Where the evidence fits: How research findings are used in the policymaking process 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Meghan Rainsberry, CLOSER Communications Manager, examined research impact and how research findings effect government policies. The blog came largely from a CLOSER symposium on alcohol consumption in adolescence and early adulthood where Neil Dube of the Department for Education gave a really clear overview of how civil servants go about making policy.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
URL http://www.closer.ac.uk/news-opinion/2013/evidence-fits-research-findings-policymaking-process/
 
Description Blog: Where's the daddy? 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Jeremy Davies, Head of Communications at the Fatherhood Institute, argues on CLOSER's blog that lack of data on the lives of separating and separated families is hindering effective policymaking for children and families.The blog followed on from a successful CLOSER seminar - Capturing contemporary family diversity in longitudinal datasets, Rebecca Goldman and Caroline Bryson.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.closer.ac.uk/news-opinion/2018/daddy/
 
Description Born in Bradford telephone meeting 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact 04/02/2016 - Alison Park, CLOSER Director, and Rosie French, CLOSER Project Manager, had a telephone meeting with Born in Bradford to share knowledge and discuss future collaborations.

Born in Bradford will be included in the CLOSER scoping study, that looks at including more studies in the CLOSER consortium.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description CESSDA Expert Seminar 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This is a face-to-face seminar organised by the CESSDA Tools & Service Working Group. The seminar targets CESSDA Service Provider staff developing and maintaining CESSDA Tools and Services.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.cessda.eu/News-Events/Events/CESSDA-Expert-Seminar-2019
 
Description CLOSER Blog - A new future for longitudinal research in the wake of COVID-19 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This blog looks at the special value of longitudinal cohort studies as they allow us to look at change from pre- COVID-19 to living with and through the pandemic. This blog is part of the COVID-19 Perspectives series.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.closer.ac.uk/news-opinion/blog/a-new-future-for-longitudinal-research-in-the/
 
Description CLOSER Blog - Adapting data collection during COVID-19 at TwinsUK 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Paz García, Engagement & Communications Manager at TwinsUK - the UK's largest adult twin registry and cohort researching the genetics of ageing and complex diseases since 1992 - wrote about how methods were rapidly adapted to gather data effectively from participants during the UK's lockdown as part of the COVID-19 Perspectives blog series. This was launched by Razwana Quadir, Communications & Marketing Manager at CLOSER as part of the COVID-19 Longitudinal Research Hub. The series main aim is to support studies in promoting and showcasing their work on COVID-19. Adapting methods re. data collection later fed into a CLOSER event on this topic to share knowledge amongst partner studies as they all had to rapidly their methods as a result of the ongoing pandemic.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.closer.ac.uk/news-opinion/blog/adapting-data-collection-during-covid-19-at-twinsuk/
 
Description CLOSER Blog - Adapting to the new normal: innovation and collaboration in longitudinal studies during COVID-19 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Andy Wong, Senior Research Study Manager at the MRC Unit for Lifelong Health and Ageing at UCL, talks about innovation and adaptation of data collection methods in the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic as part of the COVID-19 Perspectives blog series and the wider discussion around adapting methods for data collection.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.closer.ac.uk/news-opinion/blog/adapting-to-the-new-normal-innovation-and-collaboration/
 
Description CLOSER Blog - Assessing the impact of COVID-19 on the older population in England 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact In this blog, ELSA Project Manager, Kate Coughlin, outlines their COVID-19 response and how ELSA is in the position of being able to provide unique insights on the immediate and longer-term effects of the pandemic on the older population. ELSA joined CLOSER as a partner study later in the year.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.closer.ac.uk/news-opinion/blog/elsa-assessing-impact-covid-19-older-population/
 
Description CLOSER Blog - Assessment and harmonisation of cognitive measures in five British birth cohorts 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact In a project funded by CLOSER and led by Dr Vanessa Moulton (Centre for Longitudinal Studies, UCL), with support from Dr Eoin McElroy (Lecturer in Psychology, University of Leicester), 180 cognitive measures administered to participants and their families in five British Birth cohorts have been consistently documented for researchers to use in an online resource. This blog was published to support the launch of the CLOSER cognitive measures online resource and provides an overview of the measures in the resource and how to use them.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.closer.ac.uk/news-opinion/blog/assessment-and-harmonisation-of-cognitive-measures-in-fiv...
 
Description CLOSER Blog - Assessment of how older adults have been affected by COVID-19: A look at the Hertfordshire Cohort Study 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Professor Elaine Dennison, Deputy Director of the Hertfordshire Cohort Study, takes a look at the lockdown experiences of the participants of the study during the First Wave of COVID-19. This blog was part of CLOSER's COVID-19 Perspectives blog series.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.closer.ac.uk/news-opinion/blog/assessment-of-how-older-adults-have-been-affected/
 
Description CLOSER Blog - Automating the documentation of data transformation processes 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact George Alter, Research Professor and former Director of ICPSR, wrote about the new standard (SDTL) coming out of DDI and its relevance to improving the comprehensibility of harmonisation research.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.closer.ac.uk/news-opinion/blog/automating-the-documentation-of-data-transformation-proce...
 
Description CLOSER Blog - COVID-19 and the inequality in psychological distress in the UK: new evidence from the first three months of the pandemic 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Dr Apostolos Davillas and Professor Andrew Jones explore new evidence from the first three months of the UK response to the pandemic, highlighting the inequality in psychological distress in the UK as part of CLOSER's COVID-19 Perspectives blog series.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.closer.ac.uk/news-opinion/blog/covid-19-and-the-inequality-in-psychological-distress/
 
Description CLOSER Blog - COVID-19: a defining moment for longitudinal research? 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact This blog was written in light of the UK going into lockdown in March 2020 as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic by Rob Davies, CLOSER's Policy Manager. It calls for a new nationwide longitudinal study/birth cohort so that 'Generation Corona' is not forgotten in the future. It was published alongside the launch of CLOSER's COVID-19 Longitudinal Research Hub. CLOSER's COVID-19 Taskforce was also established at the time to focus on leveraging and promoting partner studies' research efforts on COVID-19.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.closer.ac.uk/news-opinion/blog/covid-19-defining-moment-longitudinal-research/
 
Description CLOSER Blog - Delivering training in a rapidly changing educational landscape: Experiences from a CLOSER/UKDS course on real-world data 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact In February 2020, CLOSER and the UK Data Service (UKDS), ran an online workshop series designed to help students and newcomers to longitudinal research get to grips with analysing real-world study data. The course was developed by CLOSER Research Fellows Neil Kaye and Dara O'Neill, with Valerija Kolbas and Deborah Wiltshire, Senior User Support and Training Officers from the UKDS. This blog was written in light of the online workshop, looking at the key lessons learnt and future steps.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.closer.ac.uk/news-opinion/blog/delivering-training-rapidly-changing-educational-landscap...
 
Description CLOSER Blog - Diet: what is it and how do we measure it? 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Dr Jane Maddock takes a look at diet - what it is, how and why it's hard to measure and analyse, and why bother studying it at all. This blog was published in line with the launch of CLOSER's dietary online measures guide.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.closer.ac.uk/news-opinion/blog/diet-what-is-it-and-how-do-we/
 
Description CLOSER Blog - How the UK's longitudinal studies are helping society navigate the COVID-19 pandemic 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Professor Alissa Goodman, Director of the Centre for Longitudinal Studies (CLS), discusses how CLS rapidly responded to the UK's lockdown by launching a special COVID-19 survey to capture time-critical experiences of the pandemic, and looks at the first analyses of data. This blog was part of the COVID-19 Perspectives blog series.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.closer.ac.uk/news-opinion/blog/how-the-uks-longitudinal-studies-are-helping-society/
 
Description CLOSER Blog - Metadata management: What are the community's priorities? 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The blog was written by CLOSER's Metadata Manager Hayley Mills following CLOSER's international training and workshop event for managing metadata in longitudinal studies. The blog summarised the key challenges and priorities ahead based on issues discussed during the event and what CLOSER was doing to move the agenda forward.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.closer.ac.uk/news-opinion/blog/metadata-management-challenges-future-priorities/
 
Description CLOSER Blog - PART 1: Understanding the pandemic - surveying the population during lockdown 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact In the first of a 3-part blog series (as part of CLOSER's COVID-19 Perspectives blog series), CLOSER Partner Study, Understanding Society, takes a look at how they rapidly adapted to the COVID-19 pandemic, with a specific focus on data collection methods.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.closer.ac.uk/news-opinion/blog/part-1-understanding-the-pandemic-surveying-the-populatio...
 
Description CLOSER Blog - PART 2: Understanding the pandemic - looking at early research findings from COVID-19 data 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact In the second blog in a 3-part series by CLOSER Partner Study, Understanding Society, exploring their response and survey results to the COVID-19 pandemic, Chris Coates, Research Impact and Project Manager, takes a look at the implications from early research findings from their COVID-19 survey launched in 2020. It explores the economic effects, mental health, home schooling and family life, and differences in ethnicity as a result of lockdown in the UK. This mini series is part of the wider CLOSER COVID-19 Perspectives blog series.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.closer.ac.uk/news-opinion/blog/part-2-understanding-the-pandemic-looking-at-early/
 
Description CLOSER Blog - Remote data collection for large-scale longitudinal research: reflections from the pre- and lessons for the post-pandemic era 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Dr Bonamy Oliver, Associate Professor in Developmental Psychology at the UCL Institute of Education, wrote about the challenge of family psychology in 2020, and what pre-pandemic efforts to conduct detailed family assessments suitable for large-scale studies have to offer as part of the COVID-19 Perspectives blog series. This was CLOSER's most popular/successful blog in 2020, with over 890 views to date.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.closer.ac.uk/news-opinion/blog/remote-data-collection-for-large-scale-longitudinal-resea...
 
Description CLOSER Blog - The COVID-19 pandemic: A life course perspective 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact As part of CLOSER's COVID-19 Perspectives blog series, Professor Rebecca Hardy, CLOSER Director, reflects on how a life course approach can aid understanding of the likely long-term impacts of the pandemic. She looks at the economic impact, mental health, physical health and implications for the future.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.closer.ac.uk/news-opinion/blog/the-covid-19-pandemic-a-life-course-perspective/
 
Description CLOSER Blog - The future of data collection in a rapidly changing world 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact CLOSER held an online event, The future of data collection in longitudinal population studies - during and post COVID-19 to explore methodological innovations, creativity and adaptability of data collection approaches during the UK's lockdown. This blog, by Professor Rebecca Hardy, CLOSER Director, reflected on the challenges and opportunities of collecting data as a result of COVID-19, and her insights on what the future holds for longitudinal research. This blog was part of the COVID-19 Perspectives series launched by CLOSER in light of the ongoing pandemic.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.closer.ac.uk/news-opinion/blog/data-collection-rapidly-changing-world/
 
Description CLOSER Blog - Understanding human behaviour: the case of physical activity 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Dr David Bann discusses physical activity and the launch of CLOSER's comprehensive guide of the measures used to assess physical activity across six British longitudinal studies.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.closer.ac.uk/news-opinion/blog/understanding-human-behaviour-the-case-of-physical-activi...
 
Description CLOSER Blog - What next for Generation Scotland? 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact Professor David Porteous, PI for Generation Scotland, one of 11 new studies to join CLOSER, introduces the study, highlights what they've been doing in 2020 and shares what's in store next. This blog is part of a series launched to showcase the new partner studies that recently joined CLOSER to CLOSER's audiences.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.closer.ac.uk/news-opinion/blog/what-next-for-generation-scotland/
 
Description CLOSER Blog alerts 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact In May 2018, CLOSER launched a new newsletter type - Blog alerts - which notify our audience when a new blog is published on the CLOSER website. From 15 March 2019 to 5 March 2020, CLOSER has sent 9 blog alerts. The average open rate is 45% and the average click rate is 11%. Overall the blog alerts has 369 subscribers (up from 245 as of March 2019).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019,2020
 
Description CLOSER Blog: How longitudinal research can help get to the heart of 'wicked problems' 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact This blog was published to coincide with CLOSER's Evidence Week 2018 in Parliament event, in partnership Sense about Science, the House of Commons Library, Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology and House of Commons Science and Technology Committee. It discussed how longitudinal research can help get to the heart of 'wicked' problems and highlighted CLOSER funded research. At the time of submission, the blog had 297 page views on the CLOSER website.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.closer.ac.uk/news-opinion/blog/longitudinal-research-heart-wicked-problems/
 
Description CLOSER Blog: Lifelong consequences 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact This blog highlighted how longitudinal studies are providing vital evidence to the Science and Technology Committee, summarised the longitudinal evidence submitted to the Committee's Inquiry into early-years intervention, and argued that further longitudinal research is needed to understand how multiple risk factors interact and to assess the impact of interventions. It also featured CLOSER's work on harmonisation and data linkage.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.closer.ac.uk/news-opinion/2018/lifelong-consequences/
 
Description CLOSER Blog: Lifelong consequences - the importance of early intervention 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact This blog summarised the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee report on 'Evidence-based early years intervention', highlighted CLOSER's written submission to the inquiry and that one of our recommendations (on the use that could be made of administrative data held by the government when linked to longitudinal survey data) was cited in the report. At the time of submission, the blog had 172 page views on the CLOSER website.

Note that this blog was also published on the Universities Policy Engagement Network website: http://www.upen.ac.uk/blogs/?action=story&id=11
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.closer.ac.uk/news-opinion/blog/lifelong-consequences-the-importance-of-early-interventio...
 
Description CLOSER Blog: Longitudinal studies: a priority for long term investment 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact This blog reported on the latest developments in the longitudinal research landscape (including the advent of UKRI and ESRC Longitudinal Studies Review) and highlighted the value and importance of CLOSER and longitudinal evidence to the Government Areas of Research Interest. It also showcased two of CLOSER's products, Discovery and the Learning Hub.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.closer.ac.uk/news-opinion/2017/longitudinal-studies-priority-long-term-investment/
 
Description CLOSER Blog: Priorities for a national strategy on the first 1000 days of life 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact This blog focussed on CLOSER's submission to the Health and Social Care Committee inquiry into the early years of a child's life and recommendations on the top priorities for a national strategy on the first 1000 days of life. At the time of submission, the blog had 232 page views on the CLOSER website.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.closer.ac.uk/news-opinion/blog/priorities-national-strategy-1000-days-life/
 
Description CLOSER Blog: Social media and screen-time: To ban or not to ban; that's probably not the question 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact This blog focussed on the Science and Technology Committee report on the impact of social media and screen-use on young people's health, the recommendations relevant to research, and CLOSER's written evidence (which was cited in the report). At the time of submission, the blog had 148 page views on the CLOSER website.

Note that this blog was also published on the Universities Policy Engagement Network (UPEN) website: http://www.upen.ac.uk/blogs/?action=story&id=26
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.closer.ac.uk/news-opinion/blog/social-media-screen-time/
 
Description CLOSER Blog: Tackling mental health problems in children and young people - the importance of early intervention 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact This blog was published during mental health awareness week to highlight the CLOSER and All-Party Parliamentary Health Group (APHG) event in Parliament on young people's mental health and the vital importance of the early years and early intervention, surface the longitudinal evidence, and promote CLOSER's Learning Hub. At the time of submission, the blog had 533 page views on the CLOSER website.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.closer.ac.uk/news-opinion/blog/tackling-mental-health-problems-early-intervention/
 
Description CLOSER COVID-19 Update Bulletin 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact In June 2020, CLOSER launched a new newsletter, COVID-19 Update Bulletin to provide timely updates on the rapid response of UK longitudinal population studies in the wake of COVID-19 and the first UK lockdown. The newsletter included updates on new surveys launched by studies to track the impact of COVID-19 on their participants, data releases, the latest blogs, and emerging findings. As the initial response to the pandemic moved into a new phase, in February 2021, the update was integrated into CLOSER's primary newsletter, Longitudinal News. In total, CLOSER sent 7 issues of the COVID-19 Update Bulletin. It had an average open rate of 59% and a click rate of 25%. The newsletter had 144 subscribers.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020,2021
 
Description CLOSER Collaborative Workshops with Maelstrom and IALSA 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact CLOSER has organised a collaborative workshop and a pair of technical visits between CLOSER and two Canadian research organisation (Maestrom and IALSA) to foster links, share learning and explore possible joint development opportunities in terms of data harmonisation and data discoverabilty.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018,2019
 
Description CLOSER Data Linkage Community of Practice Group 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Andy Boyd chairs the CLOSER Data Linkage Community of Practice Group. This group is designed to share insights relating to data linkage amongst those working in this field in longitudinal research. The group also seeks to jointly identify mechanisms to address common barriers to linkages or to develop improved ways of working. The following studies/organisations are currently represented on the working group: 1946 National Survey of Health and Development; the 1958, 1970 and 2000-01 birth cohorts; the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children; Born in Bradford; British Regional Heart Study; Department for Education; Generations Study; Hertfordshire Cohort Study; Health and Employment After Fifty Study; Million Women's Study; Growing Up in Scotland; Northern Ireland Cohort for the Longitudinal Study of Ageing; Southampton Women's Survey; Twins UK; UK Womens Cohort Study; and Understanding Society.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019,2020,2021
URL https://www.closer.ac.uk/our-networks/
 
Description CLOSER Data Managers Network - Metadata management in the real world: Questionnaire Development and Data Collection 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact This webinar was the first in a new series, Metadata management in the real world, organised as part of CLOSER's Data Management Network with support from the DDI Alliance. The webinar focused on questionnaire development and data collection, and featured talks from the Central Statistical Office-Ireland and the Norwegian Centre for Research Data. The webinar was attended by 69 delegates (68% attendance rate). It was rated 8/10 for delegate satisfaction and 7/10 for relevancy to delegates' work. The presentation slides and recordings from the webinar were uploaded to the CLOSER website.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.closer.ac.uk/event/webinar-metadata-management-real-world/
 
Description CLOSER Data Managers Network - Metadata management in the real world: Enhanced data services with structured metadata 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact This webinar was the second in a new series, Metadata management in the real world, organised as part of CLOSER's Data Managers Network. The webinar showcased new developments at Metadata Technology North America (MTNA) and the UK Data Service. The webinar was attended by 42 delegates (57% attendance rate). Presentation slides and recordings from the webinar were uploaded to the CLOSER website.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description CLOSER Discovery Overview for UCL eResearch Domain meeting 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact There was discussion about the way in which CLOSER development activities would be able to assist UCL in the development of researcher facing services
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description CLOSER Discovery: Bringing Longitudinal Data into the 21st Century (eResearch Domain Event: Data Galore: Getting Access and Ethics Right!) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact A brief introduction to CLOSER Discovery for a wide audience of different disciplines from UCL. The presentation included a live demonstration of Discovery and a question and answer section.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description CLOSER Event - The future of data collection in longitudinal population studies: during and after COVID-19 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact This online meeting focused on data collection in longitudinal population studies (LPS) during and after the COVID-19 pandemic. The purpose of the meeting was to bring representatives of LPS and survey agencies together to share information and identify solutions to tackle key challenges including the best approaches to remote data collection, and when/how safe face-to-face data collection can be resumed. The meeting was split into three sessions including a series of short talks from studies and fieldwork agencies, small group discussions, and a final feedback session. The meeting was attended by 60 delegates (95% attendance rate) representing 26 LPS and organisations. A report summarising the meeting discussions was published on the CLOSER website.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.closer.ac.uk/event/data-collection-covid19/
 
Description CLOSER Learning Hub 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact The CLOSER developed the Learning Hub, an online teaching resource, to introduce longitudinal studies to non-experts in both academic and policy settings. It was launched on 1 November 2017. It is primarily aimed at undergraduate and postgraduate students, and those who teach them. But it should be equally valuable to those working in government or the third sector who are new to the field but could benefit from improving their understanding of longitudinal studies and the data they collect. As well as featuring a section introducing users to longitudinal studies, the resource also includes modules on study design, research case studies, training datasets and an analysis module, which was added to the site in February 2019. Between 15 March 2019 and 5 March 2020, the website had 61,880 users and was been viewed 94,499 times. On average, the site has c1230 users a week.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019,2020
URL https://learning.closer.ac.uk/
 
Description CLOSER Learning Hub 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact The CLOSER developed the Learning Hub, an online teaching resource, to introduce longitudinal studies to non-experts in both academic and policy settings. It was launched on 1 November 2017. It is primarily aimed at undergraduate and postgraduate students, and those who teach them. But it should be equally valuable to those working in government or the third sector who are new to the field but could benefit from improving their understanding of longitudinal studies and the data they collect. The platform featured learning modules on introduction to longitudinal studies, study design and analysing longitudinal data, and research case studies. During this reporting period, CLOSER added three new learning modules on data harmonisation, understanding metadata and research communications, and added four new research case studies on topics including unemployment, social media use, and alcohol consumption. Between 15 March 2020 and 17 February 2021, the website had 83,700 users and had been viewed 135,660 times. On average, the site has c1777 users a week.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020,2021
URL https://learning.closer.ac.uk/
 
Description CLOSER Learning Hub 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact The CLOSER developed the Learning Hub, an online teaching resource, to introduce longitudinal studies to non-experts in both academic and policy settings. It was launched on 1 November 2017. It is primarily aimed at undergraduate and postgraduate students, and those who teach them. But it should be equally valuable to those working in government or the third sector who are new to the field but could benefit from improving their understanding of longitudinal studies and the data they collect. As well as featuring a section introducing users to longitudinal studies, the resource also includes modules on study design, research case studies, training datasets and an analysis module, which was added to the site in February 2019. Between 1 April 2018 and 8 March 2019, the website has had 30,262 users and has been viewed 50,518 times. On average, the site has c620 users a week.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018,2019
URL https://learning.closer.ac.uk/
 
Description CLOSER Learning Hub