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.
 
Description CLOSER's overarching objective is to strengthen the UK's position as the world leader in longitudinal research. Its case for support set out the rationale for infrastructure that would maximise the use, value and impact of these important studies, working specifically with eight internationally-renowned UK longitudinal studies. In so doing, CLOSER has, for the first time, brought 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 and increasing research capability. Key achievements include:
1. The creation of an online search platform, CLOSER Discovery, which enhances data discovery across the eight studies and stimulates further cross study research. CLOSER successfully launched CLOSER Discovery, in 2016. The platform provides a single point of entry to the hundreds of thousands of variables and questions in the eight CLOSER studies, easing data discovery for current and new users and facilitating the identification of data that will allow researchers to address key new research questions. 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 288 unique users in November 2017 compared with 155 unique users in May 2017.
2. Research activity in the form of 21 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. The data harmonisation work packages have facilitated the comparison of findings both within and across studies, allowing researchers to test whether results are consistent across generations, or differ in response to changing social conditions and/or policy initiatives. Harmonisation has also improved population coverage and statistical power. Harmonisation topics covered to date comprise: body size and body composition; socio-economic status and qualifications; biological sample collection; measures of visual function; childhood environment and adult mental wellbeing; methods for determining pubertal status; biomarker data; overcrowding and health; physical activity; mental health measures; diet; DNA methylome; and cognitive measures. Between them, the work packages have resulted in 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. Building professional and research capacity and skills in the management, implementation and analysis of longitudinal studies. CLOSER's training workshops disseminate best practice on these topics, with past workshops including topics such as data linkage, new technologies for measuring health and non-health topics, participant engagement and cross-study harmonisation. 714 delegates have attended 30 training events to date. CLOSER has also created an online Learning Hub and training dataset aimed at users who are new to longitudinal studies.
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. Where possible, materials from CLOSER's training events are made available to those unable to attend via CLOSER's website.
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.
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 the work CLOSER has done to improve the visibility of longitudinal studies as robust sources of evidence for policymakers 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 policymakers 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. 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 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 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 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 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'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 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 Submission to Commons Science and Technology Committee inquiry into the impact of social media and screen-use on young people's health inquiry
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Gave evidence to a government review
Impact CLOSER submitted this project as written evidence to the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee's inquiry into the impact of social media and screen-use on young people's health, as current work that is likely to produce evidence relevant to the inquiry.
URL https://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/commons-select/science-and-technology-c...
 
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 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 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 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 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 Unknown
Start 01/2019 
End 11/2020
 
Description Using social media linkage for high-resolution longitudinal measurement of mental health
Amount £1,500,000 (GBP)
Organisation Medical Research Council (MRC) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 03/2018 
End 03/2020
 
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 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
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 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 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 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 role on European Commission funded European Cohort Development Project (ECDP) 
Organisation Manchester Metropolitan University
Department Department of Sociology
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 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 Learned Society 
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 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 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 Public 
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 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
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 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 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
 
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 8 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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. 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 resource includes an introduction to the different types of longitudinal studies, and how they are used for research. There is also a section describing how studies are designed, including information about sampling, the ways data are collected and the tools that are used to capture information from study participants. As they go through the different sections of the site, users can test their knowledge using interactive quizzes.The site contains resources for lecturers and trainers including a training dataset based on the 1958 National Child Development Study, which has been developed along with a series of suggested teaching exercises. As many users who are less familiar with the subject may find it easier to understand the use of longitudinal studies by reading about real-world examples, the resource includes case studies showing how longitudinal evidence has been used to address research questions, and how it has shed light on the major issues facing society, such as obesity and bullying. Since its launch it has received 4,935 users (c8% returning users). It currently (Feb 2018) receives c120 users a day (working days).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017,2018
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 Longitudinal Methodology Series I 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact 29/1/2015 - the inaugural seminar in the CLOSER Longitudinal Methodology Series inaugural event featured talks from Dr George Ploubidis, Reader in Population Health and Statistics and Chief Statistician at the Centre for Longitudinal Studies (who focused on biomarkers in mid-life), and Professor Fiona Steele, Professor in Statistics at The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) (who focused on estimating push and pull effects of area characteristics on residential location choice using household panel data).


One of the speakers asked for her postgraduate students to attend future events.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.closer.ac.uk/event/closer-longitudinal-methodology-series/
 
Description CLOSER Longitudinal Methodology Series II 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact The second seminar in the CLOSER Longitudinal Methodology Series featured talks from Bianca De Stavola, Professor of Biostatistics and Director of the LSHTM Centre for Statistical Methodology (who spoke about mediation analysis for life course epidemiology), and Amanda Sacker, Professor of Lifecourse Studies and Director of the UCL ICLS (who spoke about breastfeeding and inflammatory biomarkers: the effect of different propensity score weighting strategies)

We have produced video recordings of the talks on the CLOSER website
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.closer.ac.uk/event/closer-longitudinal-methodology-series-ii/
 
Description CLOSER Longitudinal Methodology Series IV 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact The aim of the series is to highlight methodological innovations and expertise and in turn facilitate and encourage future collaborations and new research. The event was well attended and stimulated excellent discussions.

The talk was video recorded and has been viewed several times. The speaker has attended, and contributed, to several of our events.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.closer.ac.uk/event/longitudinal-methodology-series-iv/
 
Description CLOSER Longitudinal Methodology Series V 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact The aim of the series is to highlight methodological innovations and expertise and in turn facilitate and encourage future collaborations and new research.

The fifth seminar in the CLOSER Longitudinal Methodology Series features talks from Dick Wiggins, Professor in Quantitative Social Science at the UCL Institute of Education, and Lisa Calderwood, Principal Investigator of Next Steps (previously known as the Longitudinal Study of Young People in England) and the Senior Survey Manager at the Centre for Longitudinal Studies.

Dr Lisa Calderwood

The prevention of non-response in longitudinal surveys: an overview of the literature and some ideas for future research

This presentation is about the prevention of unit non-response in longitudinal surveys through improving survey practice. I will give a brief overview of the relevant theoretical and empirical literature on non-response in longitudinal surveys covering all of the main sources of non-response i.e. location, contact and co-operation and focusing primarily on evidence from major face-to-face longitudinal surveys in the UK. Recent developments such as the use of para-data, adaptive or response designs and targeted response inducement strategies will be discussed. I will highlight some gaps in our knowledge and suggest some ideas for future research and practice.


Professor Dick Wiggins

Co-author: Tarek Mostafa

The impact of attrition and non-response in birth cohort studies: a need to incorporate missingness strategies

This paper reveals the need to incorporate strategies to handle missing data by revealing the extent of attrition in the 1970 British Birth Cohort Study (BCS70) and how it affects sample composition over time. To begin with we illustrate the construction of inverse probability weights (IPWs) to adjust for the unit non-response. Secondly, we illustrate the impact of using IPWs and multiple imputation (MI) for an artificially constructed set of patterns of missingness for a substantive research question. Our findings show that when the predictive power of the response models is weak, the efficacy of using IPWs is undermined. Further, MI is effective in reducing the bias resulting from item missingness when the magnitude of the bias is high and the imputation models are well specified.

We recorded the two presenations and they are available on the project website.

The recorded videos and the webpage has been viewed several times. The event itself also generated a lot of interesting discussions.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.closer.ac.uk/news-opinion/2015/latest-videos-dr-lisa-calderwood-professor-dick/
 
Description CLOSER Longitudinal News 
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 CLOSER's Longitudinal News newsletter aims to keep stakeholders and interested individuals up-to-date with CLOSER's outputs and news from the longitudinal community. As a whole between 1 April 2019 and 7 March 2019, CLOSER published 4 issues of Longitudinal News, and during this time, the email template used for this newsletter was updated to ensure more flexible content. The average open rate during this period was 32%.
As of 7 March 2019, the newsletter has 1,148 subscribers.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014,2018
URL https://us8.campaign-archive.com/home/?u=591bdf6a30b8a868e16e39491&id=153a1d66c9
 
Description CLOSER Longitudinal News 
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 Since October 2016, CLOSER has sent three issues of the newsletter, Longitudinal News with the aim of keeping stakeholders and interested individuals up-to-date with CLOSER's outputs. Issues sent in October 2016, December 2016 and February 2017 have focused on the latest news, research and events coming from the CLOSER consortium of longitudinal and cohort studies. There are 857 individuals subscribed to the newsletter as of 2 March 2017. Since the first issue was sent, 36 new subscribers have signed up to receive future editions. The newsletter has an average open rate of 34.5%
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016,2017
URL http://us8.campaign-archive1.com/home/?u=591bdf6a30b8a868e16e39491&id=a33e129cf3
 
Description CLOSER Longitudinal News 
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 In August 2017, CLOSER sent out the latest issue of the newsletter, Longitudinal News with the aim of keeping stakeholders and interested individuals up-to-date with CLOSER's outputs. The newsletter focused on the latest news, research and events coming up from the CLOSER consortium of longitudinal and cohort studies. It was sent to 888 recipients. It had an open rate of 37% and a click rate of 14%.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://us8.campaign-archive.com/?u=591bdf6a30b8a868e16e39491&id=3c1210c159
 
Description CLOSER Longitudinal News - February 2018 
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 February 2018, CLOSER published the latest issue of the newsletter, Longitudinal News which aims to keep stakeholders and interested individuals up-to-date with CLOSER's outputs and news from the longitudinal community. The subject line of the email was, 'CLOSER announces funding for new research projects, publishes biomarker measures catalogue, plus the latest longitudinal news and resources'. It was sent to 982 recipients and had a open rate of 37%, click rate of 17% and click-to-open rate of 45%.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description CLOSER Longitudinal News - November 2017 
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 November 2017, CLOSER published the latest issue of the newsletter, Longitudinal News which aims to keep stakeholders and interested individuals up-to-date with CLOSER's outputs and news from the longitudinal community. The newsletter featured news regarding the launch of CLOSER's Learning Hub, a summary of CLOSER's conference and relevant upcoming events. It was sent to 974 recipients. It had an open rate of 34%, click rate of 11%. and a click-to-open rate of 33%.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://us8.admin.mailchimp.com/reports/show?id=2543785
 
Description CLOSER ONS visit 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Workshop at the Office for National Statistics in Newport, Wales. The session began by introducing CLOSER its resources, and then focused on key learning from longitudinal studies with regard to inequality.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description CLOSER Partnership News 
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 CLOSER's Partnership News is an internal newsletter sent to CLOSER partners and staff, 37 people in total. The aim of the newsletter is to keep these people updated on CLOSER work and outputs, such as blogs, news and policy updates, as well as highlighting any news from CLOSER studies and the longitudinal community more generally. Since the first Partnership Newsletter in September 2016, the newsletter has been published each month (29 issues in total). During the time, the email template used for this newsletter has been updated to ensure more flexible content. The average open rate is 41.4% over this period.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016,2017,2018,2019
URL https://us8.admin.mailchimp.com/campaigns/#f_folder:19885;t:campaigns-list
 
Description CLOSER Repository: Modernising Longitudinal Study Management (ESRA 2017, Lisbon, Portugal) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact CLOSER Discovery is a cutting-edge search engine for the discovery of metadata on eight of the UK's cohort and longitudinal studies. The longest-running study that is documented in CLOSER Discovery has been running for over 70 years, which creates a formidable problem to document and manage. CLOSER Discovery demonstrates the importance of investing in rich metadata that describes many more aspects of data collection than traditional tools and methods. By documenting detailed information on the question routing, scales and images used and similar questions and variables across multiple studies, researchers, survey and data managers are all better informed. This then opens up new possibilities for the studies going forward.
In order for CLOSER Discovery to function, it sits atop a giant metadata repository, that has been designed not only to power a search engine but provides additional functionality and automation to the studies themselves. By drawing links between multiple studies, centres and data warehouses CLOSER has begun to tear down the outdated data-silo model, which has led to so many issues inhibiting harmonisation and linkage.
Data collection instrument design can be made faster and more consistent through the act of reusing entire sections of questions previously used and designed in previous studies. By documenting this process from the point of design, harmonisation can be performed more efficiently and effectively. By developing these techniques and tools using eight of the UK's longitudinal studies, they have been rigorously tested for scalability.
CLOSER's metadata has a universal identifier for every single item, allowing datasets used and papers published to reference the variables they have used precisely. While questionnaire designers are able to reference the questions they have used, such as standard scales, and clearly documented how they have been altered.
By having much richer and clearer metadata documented, data managers can save enormous amounts of time cleaning data that has been collected before being deposited for analysis. Also, the laborious task of creating and then maintain data dictionaries can easily be automated and standardised.
CLOSER Discovery categorises all variables and questions with topics from CLOSER's controlled vocabulary. This allows more effective searching and filtering of the huge quantity of content made available. The task of apply topics to questions and variables is hugely time-consuming, but CLOSER is working with machine learning to further automate the process, enhancing the metadata without increasing costs.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.closer.ac.uk/wp-content/uploads/Will-Poynters-Presentation-at-ESRA-17.pdf
 
Description CLOSER Seminar: Using harmonised measures of income and earnings - Laura van der Erve, Alissa Goodman and Bozena Wielgoszewska 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact This seminar, part of the CLOSER Seminars series, featured talks from Laura van der Erve (Research Economist at the Institute of Fiscal Studies), Alissa Goodman (Director of the Centre for Longitudinal Studies(CLS)), and Bozena Wielgoszewska (Research Associate at CLS). tHE session was be split into three talks; the first, given by Laura van der Erve, detailed her recent project creating a harmonised set of income measures from across the British birth cohort studies. The second and third talks highlighted two research projects that have each utilised this harmonised dataset. The event was fully booked and around 20 people attended the session.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.closer.ac.uk/event/november-closer-seminar/
 
Description CLOSER Seminars - Whitehall II: Findings from a world-class, interdisciplinary study of ageing - Prof Eric Brunner and Dr Archana Singh-Manoux 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact This seminar, part of the CLOSER Seminars series, featured talks from Eric Brunner and Archana Singh-Manoux. Eric Brunner, Professor of Social and Biological Epideminology at UCL introduced the longitudinal study Whitehall II, focusing on how the study has aided understanding of socioeconomic inequalities. Archana Singh-Manoux, Research Director at INSERM, presented her research on cognitive ageing and dementia using data from Whitehall II. 26 people registered to attend the seminar. Presentation slides and recordings of each talk were uploaded to the CLOSER website. The two videos have been viewed a combined 95 times.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.closer.ac.uk/event/closer-seminars-whitehall/
 
Description CLOSER Seminars: Capturing contemporary family diversity in longitudinal datasets - Rebecca Goldman and Caroline Bryson 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact This seminar, part of the CLOSER Seminars series (previously known as the CLOSER Longitudinal Methodology), featured talks from Rebecca Goldman and Caroline Bryson. Rebecca Goldman is a Research Associate at the Fatherhood Institute. Caroline Bryson is a partner of Bryson Purdon Social Research LLP, a research partnership specialising in policy and programme evaluation. Rebecca Goldman spooke about what longitudinal studies can tell us about UK fathers. Caroline's presentation focused on what data exists on separated families. 29 people registered for this seminar.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.closer.ac.uk/event/Capturing+contemporary+family+diversity+in+longitudinal+datasets
 
Description CLOSER Seminars: Patterns of alcohol use across the life course - Yvonne Kelly and Annie Britton 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact This seminar, part of the CLOSER Seminar series, featured talked from Yvonne Kelly and Annie Britton. Yvonne Kelly, Professor of Lifecourse Epidemiology at UCL, presented her research on drinking patterns among young people during their early adolescence using data from the Millennium Cohort Study. Annie Britton, Professor of Epidemiology at UCL, looked at patterns of drinking over the whole life span. Around 20 people attended this seminar. The presentation slides and recordings of each presentation were uploaded to the CLOSER website. The two recordings have been viewed a combined 72 times on YouTube.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.closer.ac.uk/event/closer-seminars-drinking/
 
Description CLOSER Twitter highlights 
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 In May 2018, CLOSER launched 2 new category of newsletter, including the CLOSER twitter highlights. This emails are sent on a weekly basis highlighting the most interesting and important tweets sent by CLOSER and our partners over the course of the week. As of 7 March 2019, CLOSER has sent 31 Twitter highlight emails. The average open rate is 35% and the average click rate is 7%. As of 7 March 2019, the newsletter has 91 subscribers.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018,2019
URL https://us8.campaign-archive.com/home/?u=591bdf6a30b8a868e16e39491&id=6b52b0fc17
 
Description CLOSER YouTube channel 
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 CLOSER uses YouTube to host video content from events, such as conference keynote presentations, seminar presentations and webinars, as well as short interviews with researchers. As of 2 March 2018, the channel has 28 subscribers. Between October 2017 and February 2018, CLOSER uploaded 14 videos - including two keynote presentations from the CLOSER conference on inequalities and a webinar on CLOSER Discovery. All together, these videos has been viewed 818 times.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017,2018
URL https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCql8spTlgcEl0PnhPVIdFlw
 
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 2 new category of newsletter, including the CLOSER blog alerts. This emails are sent as alerts to let our audience know we have published a new blog to our website. As of 7 March 2019, CLOSER has sent 15 blog alerts. The average open rate is 38% and the average click rate is 12%. Overall the blog alerts have accounted for 436 unique page views on the CLOSER website. As of 7 March 2019, the blog alerts has 245 subscribers.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018,2019
URL https://us8.campaign-archive.com/home/?u=591bdf6a30b8a868e16e39491&id=4b1f32ab8d
 
Description CLOSER conference - Inequalities: a longitudinal perspective 
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 CLOSER held its biannual conference in November 2017. The conference brought together researchers from across disciplines to showcase the contribution longitudinal research has made to our understanding of inequalities. It explored what longitudinal evidence can tell us about societal inequalities. There were around 90 presentations over the two days, which shed light on different areas of society, from education and income, to health and life expectancy. Throughout the event, the c130 delegates had the opportunity to hear from leading experts from across the social and biomedical sciences, consider the potential for cross-study comparisons in their own research, network with colleagues from across disciplines, sectors and locations; and learn about the latest resources for research. The delegates ranged from academic researchers, postgraduates, policymakers and third sector organisations. The keynote speeches were by Lord David Willetts, Executive Chair of the Resolution Foundation, and Professor Kate Pickett, University of York. These were live streamed and to date have received 54 and 38 views.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.closer.ac.uk/conference
 
Description CLOSER conference - The importance of early years, childhood and adolescence: Evidence from longitudinal studies 
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 CLOSER hosted its first scientific conference at the British Library which attracted 184 delegates from around the world. The event brought together researchers from across disciplines to showcase outstanding longitudinal research in the importance of early years, childhood and adolescence. There were 48 speakers and 34 posters.

Presentations from the CLOSER Work Packages included: Bann D, Johnson W, Hardy R. Childhood socioeconomic position and body mass index across adulthood: coordinated analyses of individual participant data from two British birth cohort studies (WP1); Belfield C. Intergenerational income persistence: do poor children grow up to be poor adults? (WP2); Cumberland, P. Chianca, A. Rahi, J. Understanding the origins of visual health inequalities (WP4).

Posters from the CLOSER Work Packages included: Rajatileka, S. A pilot study to investigate the effects of sample processing methodology on plasma proteome analysis in longitudinal studies (WP3); Rajatileka, S. A review of informed consent in the CLOSER cohorts (WP3).

The conference also served as the launch of the beta version of CLOSER Discovery, kicking off a period of user testing before the resource is finalised in 2017. CLOSER Discovery was well received by the biomedical and social science academics present at the conference.

The evaluation forms showed an average satisfaction rating of 8/10 and a relevance rating of 7/10.

Some comments from delegates included:
- I thought the whole event was well organised with a wide range of interesting talks. There was plenty of opportunity to network.
- The information and discussion on harmonization across cohorts was really interesting and useful.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.closer.ac.uk/event/conference2015/
 
Description CLOSER session at National Centre for Research Methods 2016 Festival 
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 CLOSER session at the 2016 NCRM, developed and chaired by Alison Park. The session focused upon the value of comparing data from different longitudinal studies, or different waves of the same study, and the challenges involved.

Presentations 1 (harmonising measures of body size, Prof Rebecca Hardy, UCL) & 2 (harmonising measuresof socio-economic status, Dr Claire Crawford, Warwick) described CLOSER-funded projects that have compared data from a number of different UK cohort studies via retrospective harmonisation of key measures. Key learning from these projects was described.

Presentations 3 (a schools database and linkage to longitudinal data, Dr Bilal Nassim, UCL IOE) & 4 (Using CLOSER Discovery, Prof Alison Park, UCL IOE) described two new CLOSER resources and were aimed at helping researchers who are interested in cross-study or cross-wave comparisons. Presentation 4 was also relevant to anyone with an interest in the content of different longitudinal studies.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.ncrm.ac.uk/RMF2016/programme/session.php?id=N3
 
Description CLOSER visit to Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact 23/2/2016 Andy Boyd visited key staff HSCIC at HSCIC in Leeds to discuss the application delays being faced by a number of CLOSER studies and help establish what evidence the HSCIC are looking for and how they want it presented.

One immediate outcome from the event is that HSCIC have offered to come to London and hold an application 'clinic' for CLOSER studies, to help develop their individual HSCIC applications.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description 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 The CLOSER website is the 'window' into CLOSER and so reflects the breadth and depth of CLOSER's activity, including how CLOSER maximises the use, value and impact of Longitudinal studies. Content on the website includes: news stories and blogs on longitudinal research, CLOSER's research outputs, news from the constituent studies within CLOSER (c30-70 page views); forthcoming and previous events, organised by CLOSER and it's studies and partners; signposting to CLOSER's tools (Discovery and the Learning Hub); and resources from CLOSER and its studies, such as CLOSER Resource Reports (themselves outputs from CLOSER research or events), summaries of longitudinal evidence, submissions to parliamentary and other consultations. Users can also sign up for CLOSER's bimonthly e-newsletter. As a whole between 1 October and 27 February the site had 8,743 users, who together viewed over 33,000 pages. Over 60% of these were returning visitors. The site averages c130 visitors a day on working days.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017,2018
URL http://closer.ac.uk
 
Description 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 The CLOSER website is the 'window' into CLOSER and so reflects the breadth and depth of CLOSER's activity, including how CLOSER maximises the use, value and impact of Longitudinal studies. Content on the website includes: news stories and blogs on longitudinal research, CLOSER's research outputs, news from the constituent studies within CLOSER (c30-70 page views); forthcoming and previous events, organised by CLOSER and it's studies and partners; signposting to CLOSER's tools (Discovery and the Learning Hub); and resources from CLOSER and its studies, such as CLOSER Resource Reports (themselves outputs from CLOSER research or events), summaries of longitudinal evidence, submissions to parliamentary and other consultations. Users can also sign up for CLOSER's portfolio of newsletters. As a whole between 1 April 2018 and 7 March 2019, the site had 23,757 users, who together viewed 68,789 pages.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018,2019
URL http://closer.ac.uk
 
Description CLOSER's Metadata Portal: Improving Discovery 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Poster presentation about CLOSER Discovery.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.eddi-conferences.eu/ocs/index.php/eddi/eddi18/paper/view/381
 
Description CLOSER/UKRI Infrastructure Roadmap Town hall meeting 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact CLOSER and UKRI hosted an event to update the community on the activities of UKRI, and their place in it, and to discuss the current opportunity for the community to put forward their views and to shape the UK research strategy. The discussions were intended to inform participants of how to engage with the UKRI roadmap process, make an effective case and what that information will be for, and to provide their views on future direction by discussing infrastructure requirements, up to 2030. 18 academics attend the event, including study leads and PIs.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description CLOSER_UK twitter (April 18 - Mar 19) 
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 The CLOSER twitter account aims of promote CLOSER's outputs, research and events as well as sharing news from the CLOSER consortium of longitudinal studies and partners. The majority of CLOSER's tweets link to the CLOSER website in an effort to increase traffic to the main website. As of 7 March 2019, the account has 3562 followers. Since 1 April 2018, the account has gained just over 800 new followers. Between 1 April 2019 - 7 March 2019, the account has send just over 600 tweets, which has garnered over 1 million impressions. During this period, the account has accounted for 3876 page views on the CLOSER website.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018,2019
URL https://twitter.com/CLOSER_UK
 
Description CLOSER_UK twitter (Oct 17 - Feb 18) 
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 The CLOSER twitter account aims of promote CLOSER's outputs, research and events as well as sharing news from the CLOSER consortium of longitudinal studies and partners. The majority of CLOSER's tweets link to the CLOSER website in an effort to increase traffic to the main website. At the end of February 2018, the account had just over 2,600 followers. Between October 2017 and the end of February 2018, the account sent 501 tweets which garnered 467.1k impressions. The CLOSER_UK profile was visited 13,530 times and was mentioned by other users 587 times. The account had an average engagement rate of 1.1%.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017,2018
URL https://twitter.com/CLOSER_UK
 
Description CLOSER_UK twitter account 
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 The CLOSER twitter account aims of promote CLOSER's outputs, research and events as well as sharing news from the CLOSER consortium of longitudinal studies and partners. The majority of CLOSER's tweets link to the CLOSER website in an effort to increase traffic to the main website. At the end of September 2017, the account had just under 2,300 followers.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://twitter.com/CLOSER_UK
 
Description CRASSH seminar - Andy Boyd 
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 Andy Boyd hosted a seminar at CRASSH (Centre for Research in the Arts, Social SCiences and Humanities, University of Cambridge) which explored the ethico-legal challenges faced by the research community when using routine health and social administrative records in a secondary context.

There were several requests for further information.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description CeLSIUS meeting 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact 02/02/2016 - Alison Park, CLOSER Director, met with Nicola Shelton, Director of CeLSIUS. They discussed the feasibility of including the ONS Longitudinal Survey as a CLOSER study.

Nicola Shelton was asked to speak at the next Leadership Team meeting.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Chair of annual Social Research Association conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Chaired annual SRA conference which allowed various opportunities to network and promote longitudinal research and CLOSER resources.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL https://www.google.co.uk/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0ahUKEwjt1P2ur7...
 
Description Challenges for Data Harmony 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact The workshop aimed to:

• facilitate sharing of ideas across the CLOSER harmonisation WPs

• develop best practices for data harmonisation

• discuss delivery of teaching materials for the tier 1 and tier 3 training on data harmonisation.


Many downloads of presentations from our website
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
URL http://www.closer.ac.uk/event/challenges-data-harmony/
 
Description Challenges for data linkage 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Type Of Presentation workshop facilitator
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact The aims of this knowledge exchange workshop were to share ideas across the CLOSER data linkage teams and develop best practice, and to discuss delivery of teaching materials for training on data linkage.

The slides have been made available on the closer website and the webpages have been visited several times
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
URL http://www.closer.ac.uk/event/challenges-data-linkage/
 
Description Combining social and bio-medical data collection 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact This workshop featured presentations from a range of UK longitudinal studies discussing their approaches to combining the collection of both social and biomedical data. Each presentation looked at the advantages and disadvantages of the different approaches used, looking particularly at cost, response rates and data quality. There were 30 delegates in attendance. Of the feedback received, 64% of respondents gave a rating of 9 or above when asked how satisfied they were with the event (with 10 being deemed 'very satisfied'). Presentation slides from the event were made available to view from the CLOSER website.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.closer.ac.uk/event/closer-data-collection-workshop/
 
Description Consent to health record linkage on longitudinal studies: commonalities and differences accross UK cohort and household panel studies 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact CLOSER research was used as part of presentations on consent to data linkage at the International Sociological Association World Congress 2014 in Yokohama, and the ESRC's Methods Festival 2014 in Oxford

More enquiries and interest around CLOSER
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Contribution to Edinburgh International Science Festival 2016 event, Edinburgh 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Birth cohort studies are a British speciality, and these ambitious pieces of research reveal how our childhood impacts the course of our lives, and the many factors that influence our economic, social and personal development. Helen Pearson, editor for Nature and author of the forthcoming The Life Project, director of CLOSER Prof Alison Park, Prof Chris Dibben, and Dr George Ploubidis, Chief Statistician at the Centre for Longitudinal Studies, discuss these observational studies.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL https://www.closer.ac.uk/event/edinburgh-international-science-festival-life-lessons/
 
Description Contribution to Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology Research Methods course 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Presentation to Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology staff about assessing and using longitudinal and cross-sectional research. It covered the key uses and limitations of longitudinal and cross-sectional research, including key types of data collection and how longitudinal data differs from quantitative survey data collected only at one point in time. It also covered issues around causality and assessing the relative importance of effects, and how longitudinal data can be combined with qualitative data.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Cross-Government Family Analysis Group 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact CLOSER coordinated the MONTH 2015 meeting for the Cross-Government Family Analysis Group, a group of government researchers from across a range of departments who study issues relating to the family. Meghan Rainsberry provided an introduction to longitudinal studies and CLOSER's resources for researchers, and Lucinda Platt and Tina Haux presented early findings from their analysis of the Millennium Cohort Study on the effects of parental separation on child development.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Cross-study comparisons: The value and challenges of data harmonisation 
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 CLOSER published a blog by Prof Alison Park reflecting on the 2017 Longitudinal Studies Review. In the blog, Prof Park argues that work led by CLOSER to enhance the UK's longitudinal studies by improving their comparability will be vital to their future sustainability. The blog was published on 1 August 2018. As of 8 March, it has been viewed 188 times.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.closer.ac.uk/news-opinion/blog/crossstudy-comparisons-challenges-data-harmonisation/
 
Description Cross-study research: Opportunities, challenges and examples 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact This workshop, hosted by the University of Manchester, aimed to provide an overview of the opportunities and challenges inherent in cross-study research. It focused particularly on data harmonisation. The event was led by Prof Rebecca Hardy and featured talks from Dr Natasha Wood, Dr Vasiliki Bountziouka, Prof Tarani Chandola, Dr Graciela Muniz-Terrera and Dr Dara O'Neill. The workshop was attended by 18 people. On a scale of 1-10 (10 being high), the average rating for satisfaction and relevancy was 9.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.closer.ac.uk/event/crossstudy-research-opportunities-challenges-examples/
 
Description DDI Lifecycle: Moving Forward 
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 workshop provided a forum for interested participants with both a substantive and technical focus to contribute to a re-envisioned model-driven DDI specification. Deliverables from the workshop included a report.
The workshop began the development of a re-modelling of DDI, this is described in Developing a Model - Driven DDI Specification [http://www.ddialliance.org/system/files/DevelopingaModel-DrivenDDISpecification2013_05_15.pdf]
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
URL http://www.dagstuhl.de/en/program/calendar/evhp/?semnr=12432
 
Description DDI Lifecycle: Moving Forward 
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 workshop extended and built upon progress made during the year to develop and implement the model in a community-driven way. Work will also continue on fine-tuning the production framework to automate as much as possible in a model-driven environment for the development of the standard.

There was a focus on incorporating enhanced data citation into the DDI model-based specification. With funding from the U.S. National Science Foundation, the University of Kansas and the University of Michigan are bringing together experts in data citation who will use the week at Dagstuhl to model data citation across the research data life cycle. Representatives from other metadata standards collaborated with DDI modelers in adding comprehensive citation support to the DDI model. A taxonomy for the role of contributor to a dataset was also developed. This work will provide a unique opportunity for cross-fertilization of the different metadata standards.
Deliverables from the workshop included drafts of the model and its documentation, which will be made available for public review, and mappings to other standards. The workshop also produced a set of best practices for citing data at all levels and providing attribution to all dataset contributors. These best practices could be applied to other metadata standards in other disciplines.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL http://www.dagstuhl.de/14432
 
Description DDI Lifecycle: Moving Forward (Part 2) 
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 workshop will extend and build upon progress made during the year to develop and implement the model in a community-driven way. This enables a distributed development effort, with different groups able to work on parts of the model somewhat independently. The stages in the process include a first stage in which domain experts do simple modeling using forms to express the normative aspects of their piece of the model, with output consisting of a useable UML representation plus a Word document or PDF. The workshop defined the scope, structure, and documentation. The output developed by domain experts was captured in a development platform and also generated system binding to other expressions like XML. This technology preview will permit the DDI Alliance to actively engage with other standards and groups and bring them into the community and the conversation.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
URL http://www.dagstuhl.de/13442
 
Description DDI Moving Forward: Facilitating Interoperability and Collaboration with Other Metadata Standards 
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 intent of the model-driven endeavor is a robust and sustainable solution for the future and a solid foundation for expansion of the standard. Therefore it is important that DDI is developed carefully and in alignment with best practices in metadata development. The DDI metadata standard should not exist in isolation but should participate with other standards in a larger framework characterized by interoperability and collaboration. To realize these goals, this year's workshop will bring together representatives from other metadata standards to provide an external review of current DDI work, with an emphasis on the model-driven approach, the production framework, and the substantive content of the standard. Progress made so far will be examined in light of the high-level goals and design principles for the model-driven specification.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.dagstuhl.de/15433
 
Description DDI Moving Forward: Improvement and Refinement of Selected Areas 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The purpose of the workshop was the continuation of the development of a new model for DDI. The workshop focused on testing and validating the model and led to improvements in the capability of the model, the implementation better documentation for future dissemination and the capturing, rendering and utilisation of use cases.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.dagstuhl.de/en/program/calendar/evhp/?semnr=16433
 
Description DDI Train the Trainers library working group 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Working group to continue to improve and expand the DDI training library created at the Train the Trainers workshop.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018,2019
 
Description DDI: Facilitating Process and Metadata-Driven Automation in the Social, Economic, and Behavioural Sciences with the Data Documentation Initiative 
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 workshop will provide an introduction to using the Data Documentation Initiative (DDI) standard to enable many of the processes common to the social, behavioural, and economic sciences, from the conceptualization of surveys through data collection, processing, analysis, and dissemination. The focus of the workshop will be on the "Lifecycle" branch of DDI, version 3.2, which provides a detailed model of the metadata needed to support both human-driven and automated processing. The workshop will be organized in a task-oriented manner, with participants actively documenting real-world use cases in order to learn how best to employ the DDI model and associated technology.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL http://www.dagstuhl.de/14422
 
Description DOHaD conference - The development of the obesity epidemic across age, time and socioeconomic position: evidence from five UK birth cohort studies (Rebecca Hardy) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact The CLOSER team attended the The International Society for Developmental Origins of Health and Disease (DOHaD) 2017 conference. Professor Rebecca Hardy presented on 'The development of the obesity epidemic across age, time and socioeconomic position: evidence from five UK birth cohort studies'. The presentation generated a lot of interest in CLOSER's exhibition stand and the team staffing the stand fielded questions about Rebecca's CLOSER-funded research and further questions more generally about CLOSER's work. There were over 126 visitors to the exhibition stand across the three days and several approaches from project leads on how to join CLOSER or get their study data into CLOSER Discovery. The CLOSER staff at conference encouraged delegates to engage on social media - this resulted in 31 new followers, 22,353 impressions on Twitter.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.dohad2017.org/scientific-program/#Monday
 
Description Data Documentation Initiative (DDI) - Train the Trainers 
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 Workshop to develop training materials for data managers and researchers
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.dagstuhl.de/en/program/calendar/evhp/?semnr=18393
 
Description Data harmonisation and the value of cross-cohort analysis: an overview of the new CLOSER programme 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Jane Elliott, previous Director of CLOSER, and Will Johnson, MRC Unit for Lifelong Health and Ageing at UCL, presented on'Data harmonisation and the value of cross-cohort analysis: an overview of the new CLOSER programme' at the 'ESRC International Centre for Lifecourse Studies in Society and Health - 23rd Centre Day'. The speakers presented to a large audience and the talks generated interesting feedback.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
URL https://www.ucl.ac.uk/icls
 
Description Data harmonisation round table 
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 The aim of this harmonisation roundtable was to reflect on progress being made by CLOSER's different harmonisation work packages, with a view to providing input into the harmonisation strand of the ESRC's LS Review and gathering intelligence to inform harmonisation activity being planned for CLOSER's two year extension. The attendees included representives from the relevant work packages plus the ESRC.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Data sharing and patient records - creating vital resources for health research 
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 blog provided information to the wider consortium about data sharing and patient records.

The blog has been read several times
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL http://www.closer.ac.uk/news-opinion/2014/data-sharing-patient-records-creating-vital-resources/
 
Description Delivered a training session for the UCL Soc-B Centre for Doctoral Training in Biosocial Research. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Delivered a training session on using social media (Twitter) to achieve impact for the UCL Soc-B Centre for Doctoral Training in Biosocial Research.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.ucl.ac.uk/soc-b-biosocial-doctoral-training/about-programme
 
Description Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) Social Justice Expert Steering Group 
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 Rob Davies, CLOSER Public Affairs Manager, attended a workshop to challenge and refine DWP analysis and conclusions on social justice. The round table discussion examined DWPs existing plans. 15 people attended, included Longitudinal study, Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) and Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) researchers.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Designing a framework for extraction Primary Care electronic records for longitudinal population studies 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact With support from the CLOSER cohort consortium (Work Package 14) we have established an expert working group of data managers from longitudinal population studies. The exert working group is designing a framework primary care extraction protocol tuned to the needs of the longitudinal community. The expert group will use this framework to engage industry (GP software providers) and the NHS in order to realise an implemented software product.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.closer.ac.uk/research-fund-2/data-linkage/framework-linking-sharing-social-media-data-hi...
 
Description Digital Economy Act 2017: Cabinet Office Discussion event in support of the consultation on the Digital Government Codes of Practice and regulations 
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 Participated in the Digital Economy Act 2017: Cabinet Office (Better use of Data team from the Government Digital Service) Discussion event in support of the consultation on the Digital Government Codes of Practice and regulations.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/digital-economy-act-part-5-data-sharing-codes-and-regula...
 
Description Documenting Questions: A Crash Course. 
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 workshop for understanding the best way to document questionnaires using DDI-Lifecycle. The workshop raised awareness of best practice in preparation for implementation of better systems
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.eddi-conferences.eu/ocs/index.php/eddi/eddi17/paper/view/311
 
Description Documenting harmonisation and question provenance using DDI 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Talk led to discussions on how CLOSER and UK Data Service could collaborate more closely and exchange thinking

Further activity is planned between CLOSER and UK Data Service
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Documenting harmonisation and question provenance using DDI 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Talk raised questions on the possibility of ONS / UK Data Service collaboration on improving ONS harmonised question availability and discovery and possibilities of integrating DDI into outputs from the Electronic Data Capture

Further contact and information sharing
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Documenting harmonisation and question provenance using DDI 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Discussion of the wider applicability of using DDI and structured metadata to provenance and publish ONS Harmonised questions either by ONS or through the UK Data Service

I have been invited to talk to BIS about their metadata management strategy
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Documenting longitudinal data and questions with structured metadata (DDI-L) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Talk raised the need for better management of metadata and data

A return visit, to talk to the more technical staff and proposals for a pilot project
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description ESRC Blog: Disadvantage and worklessness: a longitudinal perspective 
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 The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) 'Improving lives: Helping Workless Families' sets out proposals to improve outcomes for children who grow up in workless families and face multiple disadvantages. It draws on analysis of three longitudinal studies in the CLOSER consortium - Understanding Society, the Millennium Cohort Study, and the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children. I inspired the life-course approach taken by the DWP and blogged about the report and value and importance of longitudinal studies.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://blog.esrc.ac.uk/2017/04/19/disadvantage-and-worklessness-a-longitudinal-perspective/
 
Description ESRC Blog: Engaging with policymakers 
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 Based on my two decades of experience in communications, public affairs and stakeholder management, this blog shared some practical advice and tips for engaging with policymakers.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://blog.esrc.ac.uk/2017/03/17/engaging-with-policymakers-some-tips-to-help-you-on-your-journey/
 
Description ESRC Final Year Student Conference 2015 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact This conference is an opportunity for ESRC-funded doctoral students to meet other final year students from across the UK, to share ideas, form connections and networks, and ultimately be inspired by the workshops, activities and opportunities on offer. Meghan Rainsberry ran a workshop on The value of the UK's longitudinal resources and participated in a careers panel. CLOSER also exhibited at the event.

There was considerable interest in CLOSER's workshop and exhibit stand. Students came with very specific questions relating to their own discipline or research.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description ESRC First Year Student Conference 2015 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Meghan Rainsberry, CLOSER Communications Manager, and Samantha Parsons will be presenting on "Everything you always wanted to know about longitudinal resources* (*but were too afraid to ask)". This sparked much interest and discussion afterwards.

Real interest from students and more visitors (and Twitter followers) on the CLOSER website.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.closer.ac.uk/event/esrc-first-year-student-conference/
 
Description ESRC International Centre for Lifecourse Studies in Society and Health (ICLS) Centre Day 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Presented 'How to make friends and influence policy' at the ICLS 40th Centre day and participated in a panel discussion on how academics can influence policy. Other panel members were Ellen Flint, Head of Scientific Strategy, Department for Work & Pensions and Michael O'Toole; Chief Executive, Mentor.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.ucl.ac.uk/iehc/research/epidemiology-public-health/research/icls/events/CD-31-OCt-17-agen...
 
Description Engagement with the Cabinet Office on the 'Better Use of Data in Government' workstream 
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 Alison Park and Rob Davies took part in a number of meetings and workshops with Cabinet Office officials as part of the 'Better use of Data in Government' workstream and subsequent consultation in the context of new proposed legislation (the Digital Economy Bill 2016-17). These discussions led to the formal recognition by the Government in their official response to review the proposed legislation to ensure it that it maximises the potential for accessing administrative data for various types of valuable research including longitudinal studies in a way that does not complicate existing processes.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/535063/better_use_of_data_...
 
Description European DDI Conference 2014 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Type Of Presentation keynote/invited speaker
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact EDDI is designed to provide forum where DDI users from Europe and the world can gather to showcase their work and their progress toward DDI adoption, as well as discuss any questions or challenges they may have about the standard.

The UCL IOE Metadata team made various useful contacts who have helped with the development of the Uniform Search Platform.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL http://www.closer.ac.uk/event/eddi14-6th-annual-european-ddi-user-conference/
 
Description European DDI User Conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact CLOSER successfully gave three presentations at the 8th Annual European DDI Conference (EDDI), including an introduction to CLOSER Discovery. The EDDI conference took place in Cologne, Germany between 6 and 7 December 2016.

About the conference

EDDI is focused on developing a standard for documenting metadata in a consistent and reusable format. This year's conference discussed the current usage and implementation of DDI. Presentations covered a wide range of topics including; early and mature implementations, the interplay of DDI with other standards and technologies and critiques of DDI.

Lessons learnt from the development of a DDI-based discovery platform
CLOSER's technical lead, Jon Johnson, presented CLOSER Discovery to EDDI for the first time. In addition to giving a basic introduction to the project, he also discussed a number of the advanced features that CLOSER Discovery has made available.

Lessons from a large-scale metadata archiving team using DDI-lifecycle
CLOSER's Metadata Officer, Hayley Mills presented the lessons CLOSER has learnt about managing large-scale metadata ingest. Hayley offered a number of 'top tips' acquired from her own experiences, which cover expected cost and time commitments, advised styles of verification and validation, and the type of personalities working with metadata requires.

Archivist and Mapper: Simplifying and modernising questionnaire entry
CLOSER's Technical Manager, Will Poynter introduced Archivist and Mapper - two bespoke tools, created by CLOSER, which support the large-scale management of metadata. Both tools are open-source and are available to view. Will also demonstrated Archivist to interested delegates during the poster session.

In addition, CLOSER presented a poster on principles to effective metadata entry, which have been recently updated.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.closer.ac.uk/event/8th-annual-european-ddi-user-conference/
 
Description Evening Event: What's on the Menu? Food Choices in Contemporary Life (CLOSER and The British Library) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact From food risks and health issues to eating for pleasure, delegates joined Professor Hazel Inskip, the leader of a major social study (Southampton Women's Survey) that assessed the diet and body composition of thousands of women over time, award-winning food writer Felicity Cloake, and chef, blogger and author Anthony Warner (also known as The Angry Chef) in conversation with Polly Russell on how we make food choices and the impact these choices have.

On 26 April 2018, CLOSER co-hosted an evening event with the British Library, as part of their Food Season, discussing food choices and what the longitudinal research tells us about peoples food choices. The event sold 176 tickets.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.bl.uk/events/whats-on-the-menu-food-choices-in-contemporary-life
 
Description Event in Parliament: Achieving a Digital NHS: What it means for healthcare, patients and medical research - Alison Park on panel as speaker 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Alison Park spoke on the importance of data linkage at the event - Achieving a Digital NHS: What it means for healthcare, patients and medical research. Alison was joined by fellow panellists Professor David Hughes, Director of Information Analytics, NHS Digital, and Malcolm Senior, Director of Informatics, Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust. The event was chaired by Sir Kevin Barron MP. CLOSER colleagues networked with parliamentarians and NHS staff as part of CLOSER's efforts to advocate for data linkage on behalf of the UK's longitudinal studies. Over 70 delegates attended.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.healthinparliament.org.uk/events/achieving-digital-nhs-what-it-means-healthcare-patients-...
 
Description Evidence Week in Parliament 2018 expert panel discussion 
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 first ever Evidence Week held in the UK Parliament in June 2018 looked at how research evidence supports effective scrutiny and reasoned decisions. The CLOSER Director participated in an expert panel session on 'Are we looking at what people need to know?'. The discussion covered a range of topics, including the need to make more use of administrative data and the value of longitudinal research in understanding society.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://senseaboutscience.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/Evidence-Week-October-final-report-2018-pri...
 
Description Evidence Week: How longitudinal research can help get to the heart of 'wicked problems' 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact As part of Evidence Week in Parliament, CLOSER worked with the UCL Public Policy team to host a session exploring how longitudinal research can help aid our understanding of 'wicked problems', focusing particularly at obesity. The session was chaired by Prof Alison Park, and featured talks from Prof Rebecca Hardy, Prof Emla Fitzsimons, and Prof Hazel Inskip as well as a panel discussion on the issues raised. Around 20 people attended the event.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://senseaboutscience.org/activities/evidence-week-programme/
 
Description Exhibition: Civil Service Live 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Civil Service Live is a programme of learning events organised by Cabinet Office and delivered in partnership with Dods. The conferences are days filled with engaging, interactive and thought provoking sessions, led by dynamic, expert and inspirational speakers. It brings together Civil Servants working in government departments and agencies, and private sector organisations to learn, network and collaborate; sharing ideas to help make best practice the norm.

CLOSER attended this event in Bristol as part of the Data Innovation showcase. The team met with a wide range of civil servants, the vast majority of whom had not heard of longitudinal studies. CLOSER showcased Discovery, as well as the UK's longitudinal resources more broadly. The civil servants we spoke to said they learned a great deal more about the studies, and one agreed to take part in alpha testing for CLOSER Discovery.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.civilservicelive.com/
 
Description Exhibition: ESRC Secondary Data Analysis Initiative Showcase 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact This event was targeted at SDAI grant holders and policymakers. It showcased SDAI projects and the impact they have made on policy to date.We exhibited at this event, showcasing longitudinal data resources and evidence.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.esrc.ac.uk/funding/funding-opportunities/secondary-data-analysis-initiative-sdai-open-cal...
 
Description Exhibition: Life Study launch at the House of Lords 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact CLOSER exhibited at this event, sharing information and answering questions from MPs, Peers and civil servants on the UK's longitudinal studies.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Exhibition: Public Health Science conference 2015 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact CLOSER had a exhibitor stand at the national Public Health Science 2015. We engaged with academics, practitioners and students from an array of public health disciplines and received great interest in the project. People were particularly interested in the means of accessing cohort and longitudinal data, and the creation of CLOSER Discovery - the metdata search portal which will hold metadata from the 8 CLOSER studies.

Several delegates asked for more information about the metadata search portal and expressed interest in using the product. Delegates were encouraged to use the cohort and longitudinal studies in their research. Since the conference we have had several more Twitter followers.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.ukpublichealthscience.org/?p=28
 
Description Exhibition: Society for Social Medicine Annual Scientific Meeting 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact CLOSER exhibited at the Society for Social Medicine's Annual Scientific Meeting 2016 in York. The programme included three days of lectures and workshops, with many presentations from researchers using CLOSER studies. CLOSER was able to engage with the biomedical community.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.closer.ac.uk/event/society-social-medicine-60th-anniversary-annual-scientic-meeting/
 
Description Exhibition: Wellcome Longitudinal Studies Conference 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact CLOSER had an exhibitor stand at the Longitudinal Studies Conference 2018 at Wellcome Genome Campus (30 May - 1 June). CLOSER shared information and answered questions from attendees involved in epidemiology, biomedicine and the social sciences. The stand had 32 visitors, registered 10 newsletter signups, 2 new signups for each of the new products (blog, research highlights, twitter highlights), 14 new Twitter followers and on social media generated 20.6k Twitter impressions. There was particular interest in CLOSER Discovery and Harmonised data sets.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://coursesandconferences.wellcomegenomecampus.org/our-events/longitudinal-studies-2018/
 
Description Extraordinary Ordinary Britain: Guided walking tour 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact CLOSER, in collaboration with London Walks, is pleased to offer this guided walking tour as part of the Economic and Social Research Council's Festival of Social Science.

About
In March 1946, as the country reeled in the aftermath of World War II, British scientists set out on an extraordinary mission - to interview the parents of all babies born in a single week. Little did they know that they would continue to follow those babies throughout their entire lives, inspiring a 70-year tradition of tracking generations of British people from birth to death.

The UK's longitudinal studies have collected information on every aspect of their participants' lives - from their family, to education and employment, health and how they age. The studies have been credited with discoveries ranging from the negative effects of smoking during pregnancy, to the effect of poverty on child development.

The walk was led by experienced Blue Badge Guide Kim Dewdney and covered the Bloomsbury area, highlighting the history and findings of the UK's longitudinal studies, stories from the lives of the people involved, and how these remarkable studies have shaped and been shaped by modern British history.

The event received excellent feedback with 24 people registering for the walk. Due to the success of the walking tour it is planned to be repeated again.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.closer.ac.uk/event/extraordinary-ordinary-britain-walking-tour/
 
Description Facilitating Shared Survey Metadata across the Life-Cycle in Longitudinal Studies - A UK Perspective 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Type Of Presentation paper presentation
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Talk encouraged others to look at ways in which they could learn and potentially replicate from recent developments in the UK which brought together stakeholders to create a common understanding of what the benefits of shared metadata are, and led to an agreement on a common way forward.

I have been asked to give further talks at other institutions on this subject
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL http://www.eddi-conferences.eu/ocs/index.php/eddi/eddi14/paper/view/155
 
Description Following lives - a guest post from the FCO Science & Innovation Network 
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 blog outlined a visit from Sunil Kumar to CLOSER - it was reblogged from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office Science & Innovation Network blog.

It has been read several times.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL http://www.closer.ac.uk/news-opinion/2014/lives-guest-post-fco-science-innovation/
 
Description From 1911 to 2013: Renewing UK Birth Cohort Studies Metadata 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact A presentation on the Uniform Search Platform outlining the problems around inputting questionnaire metadata by Jon Johnson, Senior Database Manager at the Centre for Longitudinal Studies and Dr Jack Kneeshaw, UK Data Archive. The presentation was at the IASSIST conference in 2013 in Cologne, Germany.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
URL http://www.iassist2013.org/
 
Description From 7 Up to Social Science: How longitudinal stories help us understand our lives 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Type Of Presentation keynote/invited speaker
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Social scientists and the team behind 7 Up discussed how thinking longitudinally can help people understand the changes in society. The event was part of the ESRC Festival of Social Science 2015. In total 179 people registered for the event, from across academia, the London film community and the general public. Guests scored it a 9/10 for satisfaction.

The audience asked excellent questions and the talks generated great discussions at the event and on twitter. The event was captured on video and made available on the CLOSER website.

Some comments from attendees:

"Science events can be too dry but this was the exact opposite, probably due to the mix of scientific and non-scientific panel members."

"The insights from the study participant and the 7Up participant really brought the subject alive. The visual aids were also very interesting, particularly the photographic composition used by Prof. Alison Park. All speakers were very engaging!"

"The event was very well run. The introduction at the start was very easy to understand and the graphics were very nice. The example of the photo cohort was a nice feature as well. As someone who knows abit about cohort studies anyway the most interesting bit of the event for me was hearing from the 2 different study members themselves. It was nice to hear the personal stories to be able to put the work that I do into some context."

Over 180 people registered for the event from a wide array of backgrounds - the general public, the third sector, academics. The event has received excellent feedback.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.closer.ac.uk/event/from-7-up-to-social-science/
 
Description Functioning well in later life: What is the evidence from longitudinal studies? 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact This symposium brought together experts in healthy ageing from some of the UK's leading longitudinal studies.

The presentations have been downloaded many times on the project website
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
URL http://www.closer.ac.uk/event/functioning-life-evidence-longitudinal-studies/
 
Description GDPR: protection or peril for research in the public interest? 
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 CLOSER published a blog by Andy Boyd, Data Linkage and Information Security Manager at the University of Bristol, exploring what the new GDPR legislation could mean for data used for research. The blog was published on 18 September. As of 8 March, it has been viewed 340 times.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.closer.ac.uk/news-opinion/blog/gdpr-protection-peril/
 
Description Geographical data in cohort and longitudinal studies 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact This session aimed to explore what and how it can be used with longitudinal studies to explore innovative new avenues for research. Split into two sessions, the first explored what and how geographical data can be used with longitudinal studies to explore innovative new avenues for research. The second part of this workshop consisted of Alison Park presenting a demonstration of CLOSER Discovery. 22 people registered to attend this event.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.closer.ac.uk/event/geographical-data-longitudinal-studies/
 
Description Government Longitudinal Champions Meeting 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Meghan Rainsberry and Alison Park presented to the government longitudinal champions on CLOSER, its resources (including CLOSER Discovery), and the impact of the UK's longitudinal studies.

There was good representation across departments, and several longitudinal champions agreed to participate in alpha testing for CLOSER Discovery.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description HSCIC Policy Forum 
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 Attendees from across the Centre for Longitudinal Studies, ALSPAC, Understanding Society, the UK Data Archive, the International Centre for Lifecourse Studies in Society and Health (ICLS), the MRC Unit for Lifelong Health and Ageing at UCL, the ESRC and CLOSER watched a presentation from Garry Coleman, Head of Data Access, on the developments at HSCIC regarding data linkage. The members discussed how to progress the data linkage issues. The team at CLOSER developed a good working relationship with the team at HSCIC. Andy Boyd on behalf of CLOSER is taking these issues forward.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Have "Questions"? We Have a Structure for Them 
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 Training event on documentation of Questions in social surveys
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.eddi-conferences.eu/ocs/index.php/eddi/eddi16/paper/view/269
 
Description House of Commons Science and Technology Committee Brexit Science and Innovation summit 
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 to and participated in The House of Commons Science and Technology Committee Brexit Science and Innovation summit, which aimed to identify actions needed now to mitigate risks and exploit opportunities for UK science, research and innovation after Brexit.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/commons-select/science-and-technology-c...
 
Description How CLOSER can help the UK's longitudinal population studies meet the challenges facing them in the future 
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 CLOSER's conference, Preparing for the future: tackling the key challenges facing the UK's longitudinal population studies, CLOSER's Interim Director, Dr Lisa Calderwood, reflected on some of the key themes raised at the event, and how CLOSER can help the UK's longitudinal population studies to meet these challenges and maximise the value of these important research resources. The blog was published on 4 February 2019. As of 8 March, it has been viewed 154 times.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.closer.ac.uk/news-opinion/blog/closer-uks-longitudinal-population-studies-meet-challenge...
 
Description Informatics for Health congress, 24-26 April 2017 - Abstract no. 263 Investigating educational attainment at age 16 years in adolescents who are looked after or in need using record linkage and a birth cohort study 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The Informatics for Health congress, 24-26 April 2017, in Manchester, UK, brought together the Medical Informatics Europe (MIE) conference and the Farr Institute International Conference. Andy Boyd contributed to abstract number 263 - Investigating educational attainment at age 16 years in adolescents who are looked after or in need using record linkage and a birth cohort study - as part of his data linkage work for CLOSER.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://hijournal.bcs.org/index.php/jhi/rt/printerFriendly/939/979
 
Description Informatics for Health congress, 24-26 April 2017 - Abstract no. 368 Results from a linkage consent campaign: do respondents differ from non-respondents and do consenters differ from non-consenters? 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The Informatics for Health congress, 24-26 April 2017, in Manchester, UK, brought together the Medical Informatics Europe (MIE) conference and the Farr Institute International Conference. Andy Boyd contributed to abstract no. 368 - Results from a linkage consent campaign: do respondents differ from non-respondents and do consenters differ from non-consenters? - as part of his data linkage work on behalf of CLOSER.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://hijournal.bcs.org/index.php/jhi/rt/printerFriendly/939/979
 
Description Informatics for Health congress, 24-26 April 2017- Abstract no. 657 Investigating the accuracy of parent and self-reported hospital admissions: a validation study using linked hospital episode statistics data 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The Informatics for Health congress, 24-26 April 2017, in Manchester, UK, brought together the Medical Informatics Europe (MIE) conference and the Farr Institute International Conference. Andy Boyd contributed to Abstract no. 657 - Investigating the accuracy of parent and self-reported hospital admissions: a validation study using linked hospital episode statistics data - as part of his data linkage work on behalf of CLOSER.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://hijournal.bcs.org/index.php/jhi/rt/printerFriendly/939/979
 
Description Informing a Westminster Hall debate on dementia and Alzheimer's disease (Jim Shannon, Democratic Unionist Party MP for Strangford) 
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 Prior to the debate, Rob Davies (Public Affairs Manager) sent Jim Shannon a briefing note - elements of which he cited in the debate.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://parliamentlive.tv/Event/Index/ed7245c5-0581-46d8-89da-781fe841f689
 
Description Integrating the social and biological 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact The overall objective of this KEW was to discuss ways that CLOSER can improve and promote interdisciplinary research, and explore what can be learnt from previous experience of working across disciplines. Many of the cohort studies included in CLOSER have been used for both social and medical research.

Great discussions on how to integrate social and biological research
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
URL http://www.closer.ac.uk/event/integrating-social-biological/
 
Description International Workshop 
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 DDI Moving Forward: Integration of Core Components / DDI-based Infrastructure Vision. The overall goal is to achieve a solid basis for a DDI 4 prototype. This workshop will extend and build upon the progress made during the past 4 years of development. It focuses on the integration of Data Description and Data Capture, and related modeling. Additionally, a plan for a DDI-based infrastructure for the empirical social sciences will be developed.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.dagstuhl.de/en/program/calendar/evhp/?semnr=17433
 
Description International Workshop 
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 DDI Moving Forward: Production Framework and Bindings. The overall goal is to achieve a solid basis for a DDI 4 prototype. This workshop will extend and build upon the progress made during the past 4 years of development. It focuses on the production framework and specific bindings of the model.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.dagstuhl.de/en/program/calendar/evhp/?semnr=17423
 
Description Introduction to CLOSER Discovery: A resource for biomedical researchers (Bristol) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Following the launch of CLOSER Discovery - a search engine that allows researchers to explore the content of eight longitudinal studies, this workshop aimed to introduce biomedical researchers to the website. CLOSER's Will Poynter and Meghan Rainsberry led the session which included a full demonstration of the search engine, plus a look at the data available and what was coming next in regard to updates and improved functionality. Delegates were also able to ask questions and provide feedback. We received positive feedback following the event with 100% of respondents rating it as 'Very helpful' and stating they would be 'Very likely' to use the website in the future.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.closer.ac.uk/event/introduction-to-closer-discovery-a-resource-for-biomedical/
 
Description Introduction to CLOSER Discovery: A resource for social science researchers (Bristol) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Following the launch of CLOSER Discovery - a search engine that allows researchers to explore the content of eight longitudinal studies, this workshop aimed to introduce social science researchers to the website. CLOSER's Will Poynter and Meghan Rainsberry led the session which included a full demonstration of the search engine, plus a look at the data available and what was coming next in regard to updates and improved functionality. Delegates were also able to ask questions and provide feedback. We received positive feedback following the event with 100% of respondents rating it as 'Very helpful' and stating they would be 'Very likely' to use the website in the future.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.closer.ac.uk/event/intro-closer-discovery-bristol/
 
Description Introduction to CLOSER: Longitudinal resources for teaching and research (Cardiff) 
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 Hosted at Cardiff University, this session provided delegates with an overview of CLOSER and our work within the longitudinal research community including CLOSER's resources - the Learning Hub, Discovery and CLOSER's work on data harmonisation and linkage. It also introduced longitudinal studies and their value to academic and government activity. 37 people, from the Welsh government and from academia, registered to attend this event.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013,2017
URL https://www.closer.ac.uk/event/eventintroduction-closer-longitudinal-resources-teaching-research-2/
 
Description Introduction to CLOSER: Longitudinal resources for teaching and research (Manchester) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Hosted by the University of Manchester, this workshop aimed to introduction delegates to CLOSER's range of longitudinal resources and highlight opportunities for life course and intergenerational researcher. It was led by Alison Park who covered the following topics - about longitudinal studies, overview of findings, accessing the data, and resources including the CLOSER Learning Hub. In total, 17 people registered for this workshop.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016,2017
URL https://www.closer.ac.uk/event/introduction-closer-longitudinal-resources-teaching-research-3/
 
Description Introduction to CLOSER: Longitudinal resources for teaching and research (Scottish Government) 
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 Hosted by the Scottish Government, the aim of this workshop was to introduce longitudinal studies and the value they can add to government activity, and to explore CLOSER's resources that can support users of longitudinal data. It was split into two sessions - the first session, chaired by Scotland's Chief Statistician, featured informative presentations of the CLOSER studies, plus two Scottish specific studies and the value they add to the policy process. The second session focused on CLOSER's resources and how they can help analysts make greater use of longitudinal evidence. 80 delegates registered for this event.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012,2017
URL https://www.closer.ac.uk/event/introduction-closer-longitudinal-resources-teaching-research/
 
Description Introduction to communicating research 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact This introductory workshop provides a basic overview of some of the key communications skills and methods available to researchers today.

Great feedback from the evaluation forms
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL http://www.closer.ac.uk/event/introduction-communicating-research/
 
Description Introduction to the UK's longitudinal resources (Bristol) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact This workshop, led by CLOSER's Meghan Rainsberry, introduced delegates to a range of longitudinal resources and highlighted opportunities for life course and intergenerational research. The session included a general overview of longitudinal studies, an overview of their findings and impact, plus information about accessing longitudinal data and finding other related resources, such as CLOSER Discovery. Of the feedback received following the workshop, 75% of respondents gave a rating of 9 when asked how satisfied they were with the event (with 10 being deemed 'very satisfied').
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.closer.ac.uk/event/introduction-uk-longitudinal-resources/
 
Description Invitation to present about CLOSER's data harmonisation work at the Harnessing FAIR Data Symposium by the Science and Engineering South Consortium 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This was an invitation to present about CLOSER's work on data harmonisation and other data related activities in the context of the FAIR data principles to a multi-disciplinary audience at Queen Mary University London in September 2018. The talk given was subsequently further disseminated online.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://generic.wordpress.soton.ac.uk/ses/wp-content/uploads/sites/79/2018/10/DaraONeill_HarnessingFA...
 
Description Joint CLOSER and All-Party Parliamentary Health Group Parliamentary seminar: Reducing harm from alcohol consumption: developing a long-term strategy 
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 Seminar at Portcullis House for Parliamentarians and other senior stakeholders in health, to discuss the development of a strategy to reduce harm from alcohol consumption. The event, hosted by CLOSER and the All Party Parliamentary Health Group, concluded by calling for a national strategy to try to tackle the issue. Baroness Walmsley chaired the event. Speakers were: Professor Sir Ian Gilmore, Chair of Liverpool Health Partners and Chair of the Alcohol Health Alliance; Professor John Marsden, Senior Academic Advisor for the Alcohol Drug and Tobacco Division, Public Health England; Clive Henn, Senior Alcohol Advisor, Public Health England; Yvonne Kelly, Professor of Lifecourse Epidemiology, University College London; Dr Zulfiquar Mirza, Emergency Medicine Consultant, West Middlesex University Hospital. Attendees included: Members of Parliament and the House of Lords, Royal Colleges, Think Tanks, Statutory Organisations, charities and academics.

A day later, MPs held a debate in the House of Commons on alcohol harm. Much of the discussion focused around the impacts on children living with heavy drinking parents, but what do we know about very young children themselves who may be drinkers, or even getting drunk?
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.healthinparliament.org.uk/events/reducing-harm-alcohol-consumption-developing-long-term-s...
 
Description Keynote lecture: The value of longitudinal studies for social science research 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact CLOSER's Meghan Rainsberry provided the closing plenary lecture of the British Library's Doctoral Open Day for the Social Sciences. 147 students attended the event, which sparked a lively discussion of the scientific and societal value of the UK's longitudinal studies.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.bl.uk/events/doctoral-students-open-day-2017-social-sciences
 
Description Knowledge exchange meeting with the Government Statistical Service's Harmonisation Team 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact This was a knowledge exchange visit by the Government Statistical Service's Harmonisation Team to CLOSER in November 2018 arranged and led by Dara O'Neill and involving other members of CLOSER and the CLOSER work package research teams. During the meeting, experiences and learning were shared and opportunities for further collaboration were identified.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Learning Hub animations 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact In July 2018, CLOSER launched a series of five bite-size animations to teach non-experts the basics of longitudinal studies. The animations were designed to raise awareness of the use and value of longitudinal research, and the fundamental elements of study designs. The five videos are mapped to key sections of CLOSER's online educational resource, the Learning Hub. The animations cover the following topics; an overview of longitudinal studies, types of longitudinal studies, data collection tools, sampling, and using longitudinal data to research. The videos were uploaded to the CLOSER YouTube channel. As of 8 March the videos have been viewed the following number of times; an overview of longitudinal studies (2,388 views), types of longitudinal studies (939 views), data collection tools (490 views), sampling (291 views), and using longitudinal data for research (415 views).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.closer.ac.uk/animations
 
Description Learning Hub 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 CLOSER's Learning Hub is an online teaching resource to introduce longitudinal studies to non-experts in academic and policy settings. The resource includes an introduction to the different types of longitudinal studies, and how they are used for research.
The Hub is aimed at undergraduate and postgraduate students, and those who teach them, although should also be valuable when introducing longitudinal studies to those working in the governmental or third sectors. It includes:
• an introduction to the different types of longitudinal studies, and how they are used for research;
• a section about study design, including information about sampling, the ways data are collected and the tools that are used to capture information from study participants;
• a training dataset based on the 1958 National Child Development Study, which has been developed along with a series of suggested teaching exercises;
• a discussion of key longitudinal findings about obesity, bullying and social mobility (the number of topics will increase over the next few months);
• a route through the site content through the lens of particular topics - currently bullying and health behaviours (again we will be adding new content in the next few months - on mental health and wellbeing, social and political participation, and social mobility);
• a glossary of key terms.
Between its launch in August and 30 September it received 1,953 page views and 133 users.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://learning.closer.ac.uk/
 
Description Leibniz Institute for Educational Trajectories (LIfBi) (University of Bamberg) visit to CLOSER 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact The team from the Leibniz Institute for Educational Trajectories (LIfBi) at the University of Bamberg visited CLOSER and CLOSER provided advice about running their National Educational Panel Study. After these discussions they produced a poster and attended the CLOSER conference in November later that year. There has been continued discussions between the team at Bamburg and CLOSER.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Lessons Learnt From the Development of a DDI-Based Discovery Platform 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact A presentation at the European DDI Conference
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.eddi-conferences.eu/ocs/index.php/eddi/eddi16/paper/view/240
 
Description Life Lessons 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Alison Park was one of four speakers at 'Life Lessons', an evening discussion event (March 29th) focused on longitudinal studies and the insights they offer. The event was part of the Edinburgh International Science Festival (which in 2016 took as its theme 'Building Better Worlds').

The other speakers were: Helen Pearson (Nature), Professor Chris Dibben (Edinburgh) and Dr George Ploubidis (UCL IOE).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.sciencefestival.co.uk/event-details/life-lessons
 
Description Life course research 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact This one-day workshop provides an introduction to life course research across multiple disciplines, looking specifically at uses of cohort and longitudinal data.

Great discussions and evaluation forms
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL http://www.closer.ac.uk/event/managing-cohort/
 
Description Longitudinal Methodology Series III 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact The aim of the series is to highlight methodological innovations and expertise and in turn facilitate and encourage future collaborations and new research. The event was video recorded and made available on the project website.

The video of the event has been viewed several times.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.closer.ac.uk/event/longitudinal-methodology-series-iii/
 
Description Longitudinal Methodology Series IX - Centre for Longitudinal Studies Missing Data Strategy 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact The ninth seminar in the CLOSER Longitudinal Methodology Series features talks from the Centre for Longitudinal Studies (CLS) Missing Data Strategy team - George Ploubidis, Professor of Population Health and Statistics, Dr Tarek Mostafa, Research Officer and Brian Dodgeon, Research Fellow.

George Ploubidis, Tarek Mostafa and Brian Dodgeon
Missing data handling in longitudinal studies: Evidence for the 1958 British birth cohort.
Selection bias, in the form of incomplete or missing data, is unavoidable in longitudinal surveys. It results in smaller samples, incomplete histories, lower statistical power and it is well known that unbiased estimates cannot be obtained without properly addressing the implications of incompleteness. However, statistical methods exist which enable users to exploit the full richness of longitudinal data and address sources of bias. We present the first results from the Centre for Longitudinal Studies Missing Data Strategy using data from the National Child Development Study (NCDS) which follows the lives of 17,416 people born in England, Scotland and Wales in a single week of 1958. Also known as the 1958 Birth Cohort Study, it collects information on physical and educational development, economic circumstances, employment, family life, health behaviour, wellbeing, social participation and attitudes. Since the birth survey in 1958, there have been ten further 'sweeps' of all cohort members at ages 7, 11, 16, 23, 33, 42, 44, 46, 50 and 55. Within Rubin's framework we present three papers where we clarify the situations where complete case analysis and methods that operate under the Missing At Random assumption return unbiased results. We present a three step empirical/data driven approach that maximises the plausibility of the Missing At Random assumption in NCDS and quantify the effect of strong departures from MAR. Our findings have implications for missing data handling in the 1958 cohort and other longitudinal studies as they will help inform the selection of auxiliary variables and allow researchers to effectively communicate the assumptions underlying popular MAR methods such as Multiple Imputation, Full Information Maximum Likelihood and Inverse Probability Weighting.

The event was fully booked with 30 delegates. We recorded the two presentations and they are available on the project website.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.closer.ac.uk/news-opinion/2016/latest-videos-longitudinal-methodology-series-centre/
 
Description Longitudinal Methodology Series VI seminar 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact The sixth seminar in the CLOSER Longitudinal Methodology Series featured talks from Lorraine Dearden, Director of the Education Sector at the IFS and Professor of Economics and Social Statistics at the UCL Institute of Education, and Dr Gundi Knies, Research Fellow at the Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER). The aim of the series is to highlight methodological innovations and expertise and in turn facilitate and encourage future collaborations and new research.

Thirty people registered for the seminar and both talks have been recorded and made available on the CLOSER website. Both talks stimulated fascinating discussions about data linkage.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.closer.ac.uk/events-training/previous/
 
Description Longitudinal Methodology Series VII - Dr Nicola Shelton 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact The seventh seminar in the CLOSER Longitudinal Methodology Series features a talk from Dr Nicola Shelton, Director of CeLSIUS, Head of Health and Social Surveys Research Group and Reader in Population Health.

Nicola's talk will cover an introduction to using the ONS Longitudinal Study (LS) supported by CeLSIUS and results from two ongoing projects, RenEWL: REsearch Network into Extended Working Lives and NEETS in the LS. Her talk will investigate:
What's in the LS
Data linkage
Sample attrition
How to access the data
Research Network into Extended Working Lives
NEETS in the LS

The event was attended by around 30 researchers from a range of career stages. We recorded the two presentations and they are available on the project website.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.closer.ac.uk/event/longitudinal-methodology-series-vii/
 
Description Longitudinal Methodology Series VIII - Lucinda Platt & Marta Favara 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact The eighth seminar in the CLOSER Longitudinal Methodology Series features talks from Lucinda Platt, Professor of Social Policy and Sociology at the London School of Economics and Political Science, and Marta Favara, Quantitative Researcher at Young Lives, University of Oxford.

Professor Lucinda Platt
Producing a harmonised survey for cross-national research in four European countries: issues and approaches.
Cross-national comparative survey offer a range of analytical benefits for understanding both institutional differences between countries and their impacts and truly cross-national phenomena, such as the recent increase of intra-EU migration with the expansion of the EU. Yet they are not straightforward to implement, due to differences in sampling frames and in approaches to data collection, as well as the difficulties in constructing a questionnaire that suits different national contexts. These challenges are exacerbated when attempting to survey specific and compare the responses of specific groups, such as migrants. This paper presents the implementation of a short panel survey of recently arrived migrants in four European countries. It discusses the specific challenges to harmonised data collection and how (and the extent to which) these were resolved.

Dr Marta Favara
Young Lives: An extensive longitudinal study into children & youth around the world. Methodological challenges, strengths and weaknesses
Young Lives is an longitudinal study of childhood poverty following the lives of two cohorts of children - an Older Cohort born in 1994-95 and a Younger Cohort born in 2001-02 - in Ethiopia, India (Andhra Pradesh and Telangana), Peru and Vietnam over 15 years. The first survey took place in 2002, with three further rounds of data collection in 2006-07, 2009-10 and 2013-14. The fifth round of data collection is currently in the field.

Young Lives is a unique longitudinal cross-country study that focuses on low and middle income countries. Although the benefits of longitudinal cohort studies is well established, the process of designing and implementing the questionnaire, and the challenges attached to it, are different from those faced by longitudinal studies in developed countries. The objectives of this presentation is to briefly document this process and reflect on the different limitations and challenges in a developing countries context. Young Lives is a living example of how these challenges have been addressed over the past five rounds of data.

The event was fully booked with 30 researchers from various career stages. We recorded the two presenations and they are available on the project website.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.closer.ac.uk/news-opinion/2016/latest-videos-longitudinal-methodology-series-viii/
 
Description Longitudinal metadata: Developing a sustainable future 
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 CLOSER Discovery is a search engine that allows researchers to explore the content of eight UK longitudinal studies. Following its launch in January 2017, CLOSER were keen to explore opportunities to expand the Discovery repository and incorporate metadata from additional longitudinal studies based within the UK. This workshop provided delegates with a clear and detailed overview of what it means to be a part of Discovery, from the overall advantages of joining down to the day-to-day practicalities of adding data to the repository. It featured presentations on the advantages of joining CLOSER Discovery, what is involved in joining the repository, the practicalities of documenting historical metadata and a study's perspective on joining. The event was attended by 21 people. Of the feedback received, a large majority (92%) gave a rating of 8 or above when asked how satisfied they were with the event (with 10 being deemed 'very satisfied'. Videos of the four presentations were made available on the CLOSER website and YouTube channel. As of 27 November 2017, they have been viewed a combined 55 times.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.closer.ac.uk/event/longitudinal-metadata/
 
Description Longitudinal resources for teaching and research: an introduction to CLOSER (Manchester) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact This workshop was hosted by the University of Manchester Q-STEP Centre and the Data Skills and Training Research Group, Cathie Marsh Institute. It was facilitated by CLOSER's Alison Park. The workshop introduced undergraduate and postgraduate course leaders and lecturers to longitudinal studies in order for them to incorporate content about longitudinal studies (including methods, findings and analysis) into their curricula. The session covered an overview of CLOSER's work in training and capacity building, plus a demonstration of CLOSER Discovery. Delegates also took park in discussions about how longitudinal research could be embedded into existing teaching provisions. The session was well received by the delegates. Of the evaluations received, all respondents reported it was "very relevant" to their work.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016,2017
URL https://www.closer.ac.uk/event/longitudinal-resources-for-teaching-and-research-an-introduction/
 
Description Longitudinal surveys and administrative data 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact A talk as part of an event on May 12th 2016 at the University of Stirling on Using Administrative Data for Economic Research. This was funded by the Scottish Institute for Research in Economics. Its aim was to provide information on obtaining access to Admin data and promoting its use in research (the workshop was "targeted" at economists, but a broader group attended).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2006
 
Description MIxed modes blog 
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 Blog on the CLOSER website by Annette Jackle (Understanding Society, University of Essex) describing a CLOSER-funded resources report that she authored on the use of mixed modes for collecting survey data. The blog was also promoted in CLOSER's email newsletter, which is sent to members of the CLOSER partnership in September 2017.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.closer.ac.uk/news-opinion/2017/news-opinion2017mixed-modes-stay/
 
Description MRC/CSO Social & Public Health Sciences Unit, Glasgow Lunchtime Seminar Programme - Will Poynter and Jon Tebbett presentations 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Jon Tebbett and Will Poynter presented an overview of CLOSER products, and in particular CLOSER Discover, at a lunchtime seminar in Glasgow on 9 February 2017. The talks generated an excellent discussion where attendees were encouraged to use Discovery and provide feedback.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.gla.ac.uk/researchinstitutes/healthwellbeing/events/headline_483463_en.html
 
Description Media interview: BBC World Service Forum 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Professor Alison Park worked with the BBC World Service to put together an episode of The Forum that explained the value of a longitudinal perspective. The Forum is the World Service's flagship discussion programme, featuring prominent speakers from different countries and disciplines.

The episode focused on the long view - the small changes that shape a person over a year, a society over decades, or which alter the genetic make-up of humans over tens of thousands of years.

Prof Park spoke alongside two other guest speakers: Tom Mosser, an American painter who created at least one self-portrait per day for an entire year, and Professor Eske Willerslev from Denmark, who is a pioneer in the field of sequencing the genomes of ancient humans.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.closer.ac.uk/news-opinion/2016/bbc-world-service-features-closer-director-alison-park/
 
Description Meeting between CLOSER and the Office for National Statistics (ONS) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Meeting with Ian Cope (Director, Census) and Emma Rourke (Director, Public Policy Research) aimed at identifying areas of mutual interest.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Meeting between Rosie French (CLOSER), Heather Joshi (CLS) and Prof Gary Darmstadt , Prof Sarah Hawkes (UCL Centre for Global Health) and Elias Nosrati on the 17th February. 
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 Meeting between Rosie French (CLOSER), Heather Joshi (CLS) and Prof Gary Darmstadt , Prof Sarah Hawkes (UCL Centre for Global Health) and Elias Nosrati on the 17th February.

Prof. Darmstadt has secured Gates Foundation funding to commission a series of 5 Lancet papers on gender and health. There will be a paper on data and evidence and it's been acknowledged that UCL hosts the world's best data for this kind of analysis.

Prof. Darmstadt visited CLOSER and CLS to learn more about the UK population cohorts and CLOSER. Elias Nosrati is at Cambridge studying for his PhD in the political economy of public health, and working with 1946 cohort data on looking at the impact of gender on health outcomes.

The meeting output was the Prof Darmstadt and Elias Nosrati will use CLOSER Discovery and the CLS website to learn more about what data is held by the UK birth cohorts on gender and health.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Meeting with Alberta's Tomorrow Project 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Meghan Rainsberry, CLS and CLOSER Communications Manager, held a teleconference with Sharon Basaraba, Science Communications Advisor for Alberta's Tomorrow Project (a longitudinal study in western Canada established in 2000). This teleconference was to support Sharon's research into engaging researchers and making data accessible.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Meeting with MRC Unit for Lifelong Health and Ageing at UCL 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Meghan Rainsberry, CLOSER Communications Manager, met with Prof Marcus Richards, Deputy Director NSHD, and Stephanie Pilling, Research Manager to share learning to inform the development of their communications strategy in advance of their Scientific Advisory Group annual meeting. Meghan also reviewed and commented on their presentation to their SAG in advance of the meeting.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Meeting with The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government to discuss how longitudinal evidence could help inform their work. 
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 Meeting with The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government to discuss how longitudinal evidence could help inform their work on housing.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/ministry-of-housing-communities-and-local-government
 
Description Meeting with Tim Reddel, Australian Dept of Social Security 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Meeting with Tim Reddel to discuss CLOSER's work (with a particular focus on training and capacity building, harmonisation and data discovery) to inform decisions being made by the Australian Dept of Social Security regarding their own longitudinal portfolio.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Meeting with Uruguay Longitudinal Survey team 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact 3/3/2016 - Alison Park, CLOSER Director, met with Mathias Nathan (Universidad de la República), Christian Beron and Cecilia Toledo (INE-National Statistical Office) from Uruguay to discuss CLOSER's activities and relevant lessons for longitudinal research in Uruguay (the team are all involved in a new cohort survey in that country).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Meeting with Young Lives 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Meghan Rainsberry, CLOSER Communications Manager, met with Caroline Knowles, Young Lives Communications Manager to share best practice in online communications to inform Young Lives' redevelopment of their online activity.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Meeting with the Education Policy Institute (EPI) 
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 Alison Park and Rob Davies met with the leadership of the Education Policy Institute (EPI): Rt Hon. David Laws (Executive Chairman), Natalie Perera (Executive Director and Head of Research) and Peter Sellen (Chief Economist) to discuss respective work programmes and mutual interests. This discussion led to a number of subsequent activities, including a bespoke meeting with the EPI and Millennium Cohort Study team to discuss opportunities to work together.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL https://epi.org.uk/about/
 
Description Meeting with the department of Health Obesity Policy team 
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 Rob Davies secured a meeting with the Department of Health (DH) Obesity policy team, following a number of weeks of correspondance. Rob Davies and Alison Park met with the author and chief analyst of the Government's childhood obesity strategy. We discussed the evidence and promoted cross cohort work on BMI and gave them a briefing note on the obesity finding from longitudinal studies. Rob Davies continued to engage with the team at DH with more research, findings and latest news taking every opportunity to promote the longitudinal research and the multiple factors linked to obesity longitudinal evidence demonstrates. This was supported by Twitter activity on specific days e.g. obesity conferences. All of this resulted in longitudinal evidence being cited in the government strategy and the Soft Drinks Industry Levy document.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/546588/Childhood_obesity_2...
 
Description Meetings with Growing Up in New Zealand 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Meghan Rainsberry, CLS and CLOSER Communications Manager, met with Clare Ward (Superu) and Polly Atatoa Carr (Growing Up in New Zealand) on separate occasions to share learning and best practice from the UK's cohort studies on engaging policymakers and capturing impact.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Metadata Sharing: Rights and Obligations 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Panel discussion on metadata attribution
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.eddi-conferences.eu/ocs/index.php/eddi/eddi18/paper/view/348
 
Description National Centre for Longitudinal Data (NCLD) in the Australian Government meeting - Rosie French and Alison Park 
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 On 19th December 2016 a meeting took place between Rosie French, Alison Park and Adam Rowland of the National Centre for Longitudinal Data in the Australian Government to discuss new approaches to maximise the value of Australia's longitudinal data looking to CLOSER as a model. Information shared on CLOSER Discovery and Public Affairs work.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description New analysis module on the 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 This new analysis module provides an introduction to methods of longitudinal data analysis aimed at undergraduate and postgraduate audiences, as well as educators. It has received coverage in the former of a news release, a blog, and a Twitter promotion campaign. The response has included requests for additional content which is now under development and due to be added to this resource.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://learning.closer.ac.uk/analysis/
 
Description New technologies to measure non-health topics in longitudinal studies 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Drawing on evidence from across the longitudinal studies in CLOSER, and beyond, this workshop discussed the evidence gathered to date on the use of new technologies to measure non-health topics. Presentations explored many different methods that can be used to measure key variables more accurately, or perhaps in a less burdensome way, or to respond to new and emerging research needs in non-health areas. The workshop aimed to identify innovative new technologies that can be used to generate new science. Delegates also discussed the implications for data quality and key methodological research needs. It was attended by 29 people. Of the 20 evaluations received, 60% rated being 'Very satisfied' with the event and 50% believed it to be 'Very relevant' to their work.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.closer.ac.uk/event/new-technologies-measure-non-health/
 
Description New technology and novel methods for capturing health-related data in longitudinal and cohort studies 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact This workshop aimed to explore and discuss the use of new technologies and methods for capturing health-related data in longitudinal studies. Delegates heard experiences of techniques already in use in the CLOSER's consortium of studies, and from researchers developing new approaches to capturing a variety of health data from participants' in their day-to-day lives. Delegates also discussed issues relating to these new techniques, and ideas and requirements for future developments within this field. There were 33 people in attendance. Of the 19 evaluations received, 26% rated the event as 10/10 in terms of satisfaction and relevance to their own work. Many commented that they found the the presentations and discussions very useful.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.closer.ac.uk/event/technology-health-kew/
 
Description NewMR Blog: Big data, what is it and will it be here to stay? 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Provided an accessible description of what the buzz phrase "Big Data" means and how should organisations of all kinds be dealing with big data.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://newmr.org/blog/big-data-what-is-it-and-will-it-be-here-to-stay/
 
Description NewMR Blog: Open data, what does it mean and why do we need it? 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Provided an accessible insight to open data, using a practical example. By demystifying the term, the aim was to calm concerns that open data poses a security risk. Also the post allowed CLOSER to engage more closely with the Open Data Initiative.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://newmr.org/blog/open-data-what-does-it-mean-and-why-do-we-need-it/
 
Description NewMR Blog: Why should I use international standards? 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Provides a simple introduction to digital international standards, including a brief historical analogy using the industrial revolution. The aim was to convince more organisations to commit to using international standards rather than bespoke solutions.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://newmr.org/blog/why-should-i-use-international-standards/
 
Description OECD Governing better through evidence-informed policy making workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Participated in the OECD Governing better through evidence-informed policy making workshop and helped to develop a strategic agenda for the OECD on how to connect policy evidence on what works and what doesn't work.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.oecd.org/gov/evidence-informed-policy-making.htm
 
Description On alcohol consumption across the life-course and risk of cardiovascular disease: Lessons learned 
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 focused on the impact of alcohol on the risk of developing cardiovascular disease. Dara O'Neill, Steven Bell and Annie Britton blogged about their research which found that inconsistently moderate drinkers, former drinkers and non-drinkers each have greater risk of developing coronary heart disease compared to consistently moderate drinkers. The blog was cross-posted from the BMC Blog Network. As of March 2019, the blog has been viewed 21 times on the CLOSER website.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.closer.ac.uk/news-opinion/blog/alcohol-consumption-lifecourse-risk-cvd/
 
Description Panel member at Understanding Society: Generating policy impact from bio-social research. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Panel member for a discussion on key opportunities and challenges for impact through biosocial research. This included assessing research impact plans, which attendees had produced during the day.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/understanding-society-generating-policy-impact-from-bio-social-resear...
 
Description Panellist on a panel discussion focussing on the ways in which longitudinal studies research impact can be maximised. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Invited to contribute to a panel of experts to reflect on how the LS Research Support Units might be best able to maximise their impact going forward and how CLOSER might like to see the work progress. The panel consisted of representatives from think tanks, third sector organisations and academia. Each panellist had 5 minutes to express their views followed by a general discussion of around 30 minutes.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://calls.ac.uk/event-entry/calls-hub-conference-2018/
 
Description Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST) event in Parliament: Childhood Obesity - Rebecca Hardy as a panel speaker 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Professor Rebecca Hardy took part in a panel discussion on obesity at an event held in Parliament hosted by the Parliamentary Office of Science & Technology (POST). Rebecca talked about findings from CLOSER's work package on obesity and the importance of longitudinal research to track changes over time. A summary of the discussion at the event is now available. Approximately 90 delegates attended.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL https://www.parliament.uk/mps-lords-and-offices/offices/bicameral/post/post-events/childhood-obesity...
 
Description Participant engagement in longitudinal studies: A knowledge exchange workshop 
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 The objectives of the event were to share knowledge and innovative ideas about participant engagement in a relaxed atmosphere, discuss common challenges, and ultimately build capacity among study staff from both a top-down and bottom-up approach. The event attracted an international audience of staff who work on longitudinal study's.

The evaluation forms showed an average satisfaction rating of 9/10 and a relevance rating of 9/10.

Some comments from delegates included:
-Bringing people together to share their experiences ... which helped to highlight the diverse nature of longitudinal studies and the different challenges they face
-It was interesting to see the wide range of cohort studies from across the UK and other countries. Hearing from other studies (not just longitudinal studies) allowed you to think a little bit differently about how you engaged your participants.
-Many research teams are apprehensive about monetary incentives and hearing about how these work, how they are evaluated, and issues on ethics, equity was immensely useful
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.closer.ac.uk/event/participantengagementkew/
 
Description Participation in event "The value and future of birth cohort studies for social science and policy" 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact This half-day roundtable examined the future need for birth cohort studies in a rapidly changing society, and policy context, and in the context of the increasing availability of a wide range of new types of data, innovations in data collection methods, and potential restrictions on public funding for research. The central focus was the scientific and policy issues of the future, and how the series of birth cohorts for which Britain is renowned could be developed to address these. Discussion will include the feasibility of, and trade-offs inherent in the future design of existing and new cohorts, including those involving administrative data resources, and biomarker collection.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-value-and-future-of-birth-cohort-studies-for-social-science-and-p...
 
Description Participation in UCL biosocial centre for doctoral training 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact CLOSER organises an annual communications training workshop for PhD students in the Biosocial Centre for Doctoral Training, a collaboration between UCL, Essex and Manchester. The 2017 workshop was on research impact. It included an introduction to CLOSER and use of longitudinal studies and data by myself, and presentations on REF and creating an impact plan.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Participation in the launch of the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for the Prevention of Adverse Childhood Experiences 
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 for the Prevention of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) was launched in Parliament on 27 February 2018. Rob Davies (CLOSER Public Affairs Manager) was invited to attend to represent CLOSER and the longitudinal community. Proceedings included appointment of officers and a roundtable discussion on what we know and need to know in this area of inquiry and the next steps for the APPG.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.facebook.com/419807964889685/posts/742144042656074
 
Description Poster presented at Research Data Alliance conference in Montréal, Canada - Olly Butters (Work package 12) 
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 Olly Butters had a poster accepted on his CLOSER funded work on 'Publication metadata augmentation' at the Research Data Alliance conference in Montréal, Canada.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://figshare.com/articles/PUMA_First_results/5382712
 
Description Preparing for the future: tackling the key challenges facing the UK's longitudinal population studies 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact This one day conference, hosted by the Wellcome Trust, brought together around 70 delegates from across the longitudinal community, in social and biomedical sciences. During the day delegates discussed key issues in new forms of data collection, data harmonisation, data linkage, biosample management, impact, and engagement with policymakers. These topic choices were informed by the result of a consultation exercise with the UK's longitudinal studies. Each session involved group discussions and the chance for delegates to share their own experience, as well as help identify potential solutions to the issues raised. On a scale of 1-10 (10 being highest), the average rating for both satisfaction and relevancy was 8. CLOSER will be publishing a report summarising the day's learning at the end of March 2019.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.closer.ac.uk/event/closer-collaborative-conference/
 
Description Presentation about CLOSER and longitudinal data to government Deputy Directors of Analysis Network 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Presentation about how longitudinal data might contribute towards departmental analysis and reserach planning, to regular Deputy Directors of Analysis Network meeting, chaired by John Pullinger (the National Statistician). 7th December.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Presentation and workshop with the House of Commons Library, Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST) and Select Committee staff 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Alison Park (CLOSER Director) and Alissa Goodman (CLS Director) gave a presentation on longitudinal studies and research to teams working for the House of Commons Library, Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology and Parliamentary Select Committees. This was followed by a discussion on mutual interests and how best to ensure parliamentary briefings include longitudinal evidence. This and subsequent engagement has resulted in citations in recent parliamentary briefings with further engagement planned for later in 2017.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Presentation at Born Talking Seminar 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presentation about CLOSER and our work as part of Born Talking series, which focuses on using birth cohort data about speech, language abd communication to inform policy and practice. 23 May 2016.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://borntalking.org/2016/05/28/seminar-4/
 
Description Presentation at EPOP conference using longitudinal data 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Paper at Elections, Parties and Opinion Polls (EPOP) annual conference in Nottingham. "Political engagement: Evidence from the UK's longitudinal studies".
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/conference/fac-socsci/epop-2017/papers.aspx
 
Description Presentation at a training workshop at the University of Manchester on 'CLOSER: Our role and the resources we offer for cross-study research' 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact I gave a presentation at the University of Manchester to an audience of just over 20 attendees from diverse research backgrounds and from third-sector organisations on the resources that CLOSER has developed and makes available to researchers and students to facilitate their understanding and undertaking of longitudinal and cross-study research
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.closer.ac.uk/wp-content/uploads/CLOSER-Our-role-and-the-resources-we-offer-for-cross-stu...
 
Description Presentation at the Epigenetics Workshop: Statistical approaches and developments for harnessing the value in DNA methylation data 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact The MRC-IEU at the University of Bristol held a workshop on statistics in epigenetics, on the 26th of November 2018 at Engineer's House, Bristol. In this workshop, we described recent key statistical advances for analysing DNA methylation data, including how to efficiently analyse epigenetic changes over time and my talk on "Characterizing changes in DNA methylation across development: a longitudinal, multi-cohort investigation".
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Presentation at the North East Universities Development Consortium (NEUDC) Conference at Cornell Univesity 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact 30 people attended the presentation of my paper "Climate Change and Agriculture: Farmer Adaptation to Extreme Heat" at the 2018 NEUDC Conference at Cornell. This lead several additional conversations regarding my research and CLOSER International's work.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Presentation of CLOSER discovery platform 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Participants in your research and patient groups
Results and Impact The presentation raised questions on the functionality of the discovery platform

Researchers were interested in utilising the platform for scoping research projects and finding information on the variables and questions in teh 8 longutidinal studies
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Press release - Childhood socioeconomic position and adult mental wellbeing: evidence from British birth cohort studies (Work Package 9) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact CLOSER issued a press release in October based on a research paper from work package 9. Although the release coincided with the publication of the report in the PLOSone journal, it did not receive any media coverage.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.closer.ac.uk/news-opinion/2017/mental-wellbeing-generation-linked-childhood-background-s...
 
Description Press release - Impaired vision has increased for generations of teenagers since the 1960s, new study finds (Work Package 4) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact CLOSER issued a press release in September based on a research paper from work package 4, which had been published in the JAMA Ophthalmology journal a month earlier. The release was not covered by any media outlets.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.closer.ac.uk/news-opinion/2017/impaired-vision-increased-generations-teenagers-1960s-stu...
 
Description Press release - Men from poor backgrounds have lower earnings and are twice as likely to be single as those from rich families (Work Package 2a) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact The Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) issued a press release based on a CLOSER funded research paper, from Work Package 2a, entitled, 'Intergenerational income persistence within families'. The release received coverage in the print and online versions of the Guardian, as well as online on BBC News, Channel 4 News, The Guardian, Independent, Evening Standard, Mirror, Express and Harper's Bazaar.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.closer.ac.uk/news-opinion/2017/men-poor-backgrounds-earnings-single-rich-families/
 
Description Press release: Child obesity risk increases almost three-fold in five generations 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Children born since 1990 are up to three times more likely than older generations to be overweight or obese by age 10, according to a new study.

This press release was based on the journal article, How has the age-related process of overweight or obesity development changed over time? Coordinated analyses of individual participant data from five United Kingdom birth cohorts, by William Johnson, Leah Li, Rebecca Hardy and Diana Kuh. It was published in PLOS Medicine in May 2015.

CLOSER recorded 33 pieces of press coverage resulting from this press release, however the true total is likely to be significantly higher. Key priority media who covered the story were the Daily Mail, BBC Online and BBC London Radio. It was also picked up by numerous regional and international media outlets.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.closer.ac.uk/news-opinion/2015/child-obesity-risk-increases-threefold-generations/
 
Description Promoting longitudinal research to All Parliamentary Party Health Group and health sector leaders 
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 At the APHG and Health Foundation publication launch 'A healthier life for all: the case for cross-government action' Rob Davies and David Bann (UCL Institute of Education researcher) represented CLOSER and longitudinal studies. They promoted longitudinal research to members of the audience through individual interactions and secured a further meeting with APHG to discuss future joint working.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.healthinparliament.org.uk/
 
Description Public lecture: Secrets of staying sharp in older age 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact At this evening public lecture, Professor Ian Deary answered the question 'Why do some people's brains and thinking skills age better than others?' Prof Deary shared learning from the Lothian Birth Cohort and his project with Age UK, The Disconnected Mind. The lecture was exceptionally well received by the public. A video of the talk has been made available on the CLOSER website and has been viewed over 175 times to date.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.closer.ac.uk/event/evening-lecture-secrets-staying-sharp-older-age/
 
Description Quarterly Social Research Association newsletter 
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 Article by Alison Park ('Working with longitudinal data: how CLOSER can help') in June 2015 Social Research Association publication 'Research Matters'.

Following publication we had an increase in visits to the CLOSER website.

The SRA are an organisation we haven't worked with before, this provided an opportunity to network with a new key group of researchers.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.the-sra.org.uk/whats-new/research-matters/
 
Description RC33 conference - Session Title: Recent Developments in Metadata Capture, Discovery and Harmonization in the Social Sciences 
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 CLOSER session is being held at the RC33 conference in September 2016.

Session Convenor(s):
Jon Johnson (j.johnson@ioe.ac.uk), UCL Institute of Education
Joachim Wackerow (joachim.wackerow@gesis.org), GESIS - Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences

Session Information:
This session invited presentations dealing with structured metadata in a standardized form across the survey life-cycle: models, systems and tools for i.e. instrument design, data entry, data processing, maintaining data documentation, and capturing and storing the metadata within a repository for later reuse. There is increased interest in supporting the comparison and harmonization of studies/waves over space and time, and across studies, especially at the level of theoretical concepts, questions, and variables to which structured metadata is well suited.

Capturing metadata as early on in the survey life-cycle as possible in a structured way enhances transparency and quality, enables reproducible research and reuse of survey components for other waves or surveys.

A wide range of different products and services for different users can be generated on the basis of computer-processable metadata like web-based information systems, traditional codebooks, command setups for statistical packages, question banks, and searching and locating of data which assist in the use or interpretation of the data.

Papers were invited on, but not limited to, the following topics: reuse of metadata across space, time, and studies, metadata banks such as for questions and classifications