Understanding Society Waves 6 to 8

Lead Research Organisation: University of Essex
Department Name: Inst for Social and Economic Research

Abstract

Understanding Society, the UK Household Longitudinal Study, follows individuals over time, regularly collecting data about each sample individual and his or her household. The study will provide information on both change at the individual level and how it relates to household change. Such panels have provided a major resource for understanding key issues which face societies around the world. They provide unique information on the persistence of such states as child poverty or disability, on factors which influence key life transitions, such as marriage and divorce, and they provide information on the effects of earlier life circumstances on later outcomes. They also support research relevant to the formation and evaluation of policy and they enable improved and more reliable analytical techniques. Cross-sectional data, based on only a single observation of each individual cannot achieve these aims. It addresses new and emerging research issues, such as the environmental impacts of household behaviour, health related behaviours or emerging diversity in UK society

Fieldwork for the study started in 2008 with the Innovation Panel, which aims to improve methods of collecting survey data, and the main panel which began in 2009. This bid covers data collection for wave 6 to 8 and a range of other activities to develop methodology and to support users and promote it to a range of audiences.

Understanding Society is based on a very large sample size, representing all ages and all aspects of UK society, and structured to capture information about individuals in their household context and its changes. The target sample, 40,000 households, provides a unique opportunity to explore issues for which other longitudinal surveys are too small to support effective research. The diversity of UK society is also captured by the inclusion of an ethnic minority boost sample.

It involves annual interviews to capture the short term dynamics of social processes, observing the timing and duration of events close to the point at which they occur. Also critical to the vision is the intention to carry on for the long term so as to capture life course and intergenerational transmission processes.

The substantive content, collected both by questionnaire and by other means, is multi-purpose and multi-topic, supporting a wide range of research agendas. Two areas of emphasis are support for ethnicity research and development of a biosocial survey exploring the relationships between individual behaviour, individual biological characteristics and social environment. Data will be collected directly from respondents and linked from external sources. Selection of content is based on widespread consultation with the academic and research user communities.

Innovation and methodological development are key. It is a crucial test bed for the development of new scientific knowledge and will give momentum to development of new methodological tools. A programme of research on collection and analysis methods will make Understanding Society a catalyst for wider improvements in the practice of social science research.

Our plan of activities is based around the major stages in the development and dissemination of a survey: specification of content, development on all aspects of the study design, collection of data to the highest standards, preparing, enhancing and documenting data for release, support for users in the most appropriate uses of the data and promotion of the study to ensure maximum impact. Core activities for this period include: development of collection by web interviews; extending the range of administrative data linked to the study; and promoting the use of the study amongst researchers, including the health and biological measures.

This proposal is based on the experience of the team at Essex, Warwick and the Institute of Education which have successfully delivered the study through its first five years.

Planned Impact

Non-academic beneficiaries of the Study will include a vast range of organisations and individuals, operating at several levels. More details can be found in the ESRC's Stakeholder Matrix. Key groups include:
- Government researchers and policy makers. The data will support important research in a broad and diverse set of policy areas. In many cases the unique features of the Study design will provide new insights into issues about which very little is known, so the likely impact is enormous. Key policy areas where important impacts are expected include the responsibilities of DH, DWP, DCMS, DfE, DECC, DEFRA, DfT, DCLG, MoJ, Home Office and BIS.
- Government executive agencies, non-departmental public bodies, parliamentary select committees and quangos. Many will be direct consumers of the Study findings, e.g. the Food and Environment Research Agency, the Low Pay Commission, the Homes and Communities Agency, the Centre for Economic and Social Inclusion, the Environmental Audit Committee.
- EU policy-makers and the international policy research community. In many areas findings will be relevant to other countries, either directly,if generalisability can be assumed, or indirectly by inspiring new lines of thought and international comparative investigation. We anticipate very considerable international impact.
- Local government officers and councillors and the Local Government Association. County, borough and unitary authorities in the UK are responsible for a number of services that are addressed by the Study - such as social housing, social care, education, policing, recreation and recycling - and have influence over several others through local development frameworks, transport plans, and planning decisions.
- NGOs, think tanks, charities and independent and private research organisations. Many organisations of this type, such as the New Economics Foundation, the Institute for Public Policy Research, Age UK, the Transport Research Laboratory, the Child Poverty Action Group, and Demos will find Study findings informative.
- Political parties. The relevance of the Study to policy at all levels (European, UK, local authority) means that interest can be expected from parties developing policies and manifestos.
- Private sector businesses. Findings regarding a range of aspects of individual behaviour and decision making will be relevant to production, retail and the provision of services. The findings could have implications for advertising, production and location strategies. Product design, eg development of new insurance products is also a potential area of application.
- Survey organisations and commissioners of surveys. The methodological development and research integral to the Study should influence all bodies with a stake in designing and carrying out surveys, in the UK but internationally.
- General public. Members of the general public will have an interest in Study findings. We expect findings to be reported in news media and to stimulate public debate.
- Society as a whole. As the Study positively influences policy in these areas, society as a whole will benefit through improved quality of life. This could occur via several channels, such as improved public health, better employment conditions, a fairer state benefit system, reduction in inequality, better social support, better-targetted childcare provision, and improved transportation options.
The direct impacts on many of these beneficiaries could be rapid. Campaigning organisations and special interest groups can adapt their messaging and strategies quickly, once convinced of the need to do so. Impacts on policy debates could similarly be rapid, though impacts on policy itself will take longer to filter through the review and revision process. The indirect impacts on society as a whole (via the effect of research influence on policy and practice) will accrue only in the long-term, perhaps after decades, and even then often difficult to measure.

Organisations

 
Description Understanding Society is an infrastructure project; thousands of users from academia, government, third sector and commercial organisations have downloaded the data and a wide range of publications have been produced, covering genetics to poverty, politics to intergenerational transmission of wealth, health behaviours to commuting, environmental behaviours to survey methods, employment and education to family change, harassment and discrimination to health and disability, expenditure to gender roles and attitudes. Research based on the data not only contributes to scientific knowledge, but also policy development and monitoring among statutory and third sector agencies. Understanding Society is a continuous ongoing project, see information under subsequent awards.
Exploitation Route The data from the study is already being used by a wide range of other researchers, and is the basis of a wide range of under and post graduate taught courses, used by a significant number of PhD and other students, and used in a wide range of short statistical courses. Evidence based on our and others' analysis of the data are being used to progress scientific knowledge, improve the design of other surveys, and to inform policy and practice. Researchers do not necessarily inform us of their publications or impact. We therefore do not know in what ways they use the data.
Sectors Communities and Social Services/Policy,Education,Energy,Environment,Financial Services, and Management Consultancy,Healthcare,Leisure Activities, including Sports, Recreation and Tourism,Government, Democracy and Justice,Culture, Heritage, Museums and Collections,Transport,Other

URL https://www.understandingsociety.ac.uk/
 
Description Data from Understanding Society are directly used by a number of Government Departments for policy monitoring, policy development and evaluation. . For example, the Welsh Government has a legal requirement to report on child wellbeing as a part of The Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015, for which it employs Understanding Society. In addition, the Scottish Government uses environmental behaviour measures in Understanding Society in their regular reports as part of the Low Carbon Scotland: A behaviours Framework. Further, DWP uses Understanding Society data on children living with both parents as part of their family stability indicator in the Social Justice Outcomes Framework. The DWP will also use Understanding Society to monitor the progress of their 2017 policy designed to tackle the disadvantaged faces by workless families; two indicators (parental conflict and parental mental health) will use the Study. ONS use Understanding Society data in a wide range of their statutory monitoring reports. Evidence from Understanding Society has also been used in a wide range of Gov policy developments, from evidence to the Taylor review to the Airports Commission report on air capacity to DfE review of special educational needs to PHE work on youth smoking to mention a few. The Understanding Society Policy Unit work directly with Government cofunders to support their use of data in a wide range of ways on an ongoing basis. Understanding Society is also extensively used by the third sector, for example AgeUK produced a wellbeing index which it used to inform its own investments as well as promote issues about older people more generally. The Children's Society use it in their annual report on wellbeing. Understanding Society data is used in the Homelessness Monitor, a longitudinal study of homelessness across the UK (with separate reports for each devolved administration), funded by Crisis and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. Findings from the Homelessness Monitor England 2016, including findings on hidden homelessness from Understanding Society specifically, were included in a House of Commons Library (2016) briefing paper on the Homelessness Reduction Bill 2016-17. This Bill received Royal Assent and is now the Homelessness Reduction Act 2017. Data from the study is also used by academics to evaluate government policies in ways that may lead to their reassessment. Recent evaluations included benefits for those out of work due to illness, national minimum wage, introduction of plastic bag charges, and neighbourhood renewal. We currently have three policy fellowships, funded under this award, working on projects related to health inequalities, social media and wellbeing, and volunteering and political turnout. The aim of the fellowships to to support robust sicnce and then work closely with the fellows to engage with relevant policy makers. Methodological research from the study informs the design of a wide range of other surveys, including those by government. For example, we recently advised ONS on their plans going forward. Researchers do not necessarily inform us of their publications or impact. We therefore do not know how much evidence of impact we capture. Understanding Society is an ongoing continuous project please see subsequent awards for more details.
Sector Education,Energy,Environment,Healthcare,Leisure Activities, including Sports, Recreation and Tourism,Government, Democracy and Justice,Culture, Heritage, Museums and Collections,Transport,Other
Impact Types Societal,Economic,Policy & public services

 
Description 2020 Health: Review of children's wellbeing
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
Impact This rapid evidence review by the 2020 Health think tank examined how to improve pupil and staff wellbeing given growing concerns about children's health. Understanding Society was asked to participate in an advisory committee as it is a key source of evidence on children and adult wellbeing. The outcome of the review was a report calling for a whole school approach to wellbeing and creating a head of wellbeing in schools. A report entitled 'Head of Wellbeing:An essential post for secondary schools? (2015) was launched at the House of Commons in January 2015. The think tank is now working with Nuffield Health to pilot the head of wellbeing role in a particular school.
URL http://www.2020health.org/2020health/Publications/Publications-2015/Head-of-Wellbeing.html
 
Description ADDResponse Advisory Committee
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
 
Description AGE UK: technical issues related to UKHLS
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Implementation circular/rapid advice/letter to e.g. Ministry of Health
 
Description Advice on FAMILY cohort survey to study the health, happiness and harmony of the families in Hong Kong
Geographic Reach Asia 
Policy Influence Type Implementation circular/rapid advice/letter to e.g. Ministry of Health
 
Description Advice on adaptive designs to ABS Melbourne
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Implementation circular/rapid advice/letter to e.g. Ministry of Health
Impact Aim was to improve the efficiency of Australian Government efforts to collect statistical data on population and employment.
 
Description Advice on data collection methods for ESS
Geographic Reach Europe 
Policy Influence Type Implementation circular/rapid advice/letter to e.g. Ministry of Health
Impact Advice was provided on the advantages and disadvantages of alternative modes of data collection for the European Social Survey and possible ways of combining different modes. The objective was to maintain and improve the quality of the ESS data, which is used to inform policy debates across Europe.
 
Description Advice on survey design, British Crime Survey
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Implementation circular/rapid advice/letter to e.g. Ministry of Health
 
Description Advice provided to DWP on detailed income components in the data
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
 
Description Advice provided to DWP research team on how to produce weights and split the analysis for calendar years (as opposed to survey waves)
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Implementation circular/rapid advice/letter to e.g. Ministry of Health
 
Description Advice provided to DWP researchers on how to use the detailed employment/unemployment spell data in Understanding Society
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
 
Description Advice provided to DWP researchers who are using Understanding Society to carry out an audit of racial equality in the UK
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
 
Description Advice provided to Welsh Government analysts about the content of Understanding Society
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
 
Description Advice to SRC
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Implementation circular/rapid advice/letter to e.g. Ministry of Health
Impact Improved the data collection methods used by Social Research Centre, Melbourne, for public sector policy research, thereby strengthening the quality of policy decisions.
 
Description Advice to the Israeli Household Panel Survey
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
 
Description Advice to the Money Advice Service on Research Design
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Implementation circular/rapid advice/letter to e.g. Ministry of Health
Impact Influenced the effectiveness of MAS research designed to inform improvements to government-funded debt advice services, with the ultimate aim of reducing the negative consequences of indebtedness in UK society.
 
Description Advised DWP researcher on the origin of Understanding Society's questions on child development
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Implementation circular/rapid advice/letter to e.g. Ministry of Health
 
Description Advised Department for Work and Pensions on the use of Understanding Society for analysing co-morbidity and employment outcomes
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
 
Description Advised Home Office on the use of UKHLS for measuring integration outcomes
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
 
Description Advised Joseph Rowntree Foundation on methodological aspects of poverty estimates based on Understanding Society data
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Implementation circular/rapid advice/letter to e.g. Ministry of Health
 
Description Advisory Committee for Czech Household Panel Survey
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
 
Description Airports Commission, Quality of Life: Assessment
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Citation in other policy documents
URL https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/440316/airports-commission...
 
Description Analysis of parenting styles and child development in Wales carried out for the Welsh Government
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Implementation circular/rapid advice/letter to e.g. Ministry of Health
 
Description BIS Advisory Panel on Evaluation Methods
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
Impact The panel provides advice to the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills on the methods used for policy evaluation within the department, and on the interpretation of findings from such evaluations. On several occasions this advice has led to the Department making changes to various aspects of the process of specifying, commissioning, and managing evaluations (see https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/improving-evaluation-in-bis-recommendations) and also to the way that findings are interpreted and presented in reports of specific evaluations. Influence of the latter type is likely to have led to more effective policy making, e.g. decisions about whether and how to continue funding various schemes.
URL https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/evaluation-in-bis
 
Description BNLIA Design
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Implementation circular/rapid advice/letter to e.g. Ministry of Health
Impact Improved the quality of the 'Building New Life in Australia' survey, a government-funded study of immigrants to Australia and the major source of information for policy debates concerning the outcomes of immigrants and their contribution to Australian society and economy.
 
Description Briefing and advice provided on the Brexit competition dataset to researchers
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
 
Description Child Poverty Estimates produced for the Scottish Government
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Implementation circular/rapid advice/letter to e.g. Ministry of Health
 
Description Children's Society - The Good Childhood Report(s)
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Citation in other policy documents
Impact The Good Childhood Report by the Children's Society is an annual publication that seeks to understand how children's wellbeing is changing and what factors can help improve it. It is a report that contributes to the wider wellbeing agenda, with the Society recognising that there is no single solution to improving wellbeing, with action required at national level, local level, by schools, practitioners and young people themselves. It therefore makes a range of suggestions to different players in terms of what can be done to improve wellbeing. Given policies on wellbeing have only emerged more recently, it is probably too early to try and quantify the impacts without more research into the evaluation of specific initiatives.
URL http://www.childrenssociety.org.uk/sites/default/files/TheGoodChildhoodReport2015.pdf
 
Description Children's mental health - with The Children's Society and Barnardo's (via Third Sector Voucher scheme)
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Implementation circular/rapid advice/letter to e.g. Ministry of Health
 
Description Co-chair of Life Study Methods Advisory Committee
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
 
Description Comparing resposne rate maximization to alternative allocation criteria in adaptive design for panel surveys
Geographic Reach Multiple continents/international 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact saving costs on data collection
 
Description Consultancy project for the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government on the indicators of integration and social cohesion in the UK based Understanding Society
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Implementation circular/rapid advice/letter to e.g. Ministry of Health
 
Description DECC Advice on Energy Consumption Research
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Implementation circular/rapid advice/letter to e.g. Ministry of Health
Impact Improved practice in data collection to enable micro-level linkage of survey data with energy consumption and energy conservation data.
 
Description DH> Employment, occupation and pay.
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Implementation circular/rapid advice/letter to e.g. Ministry of Health
 
Description DH- Income differences between working and those health conditions
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Implementation circular/rapid advice/letter to e.g. Ministry of Health
 
Description DH/CO Adult social care analysis.
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Implementation circular/rapid advice/letter to e.g. Ministry of Health
 
Description DH: Advice on research
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Implementation circular/rapid advice/letter to e.g. Ministry of Health
 
Description DWP. 2018 low income dynamics. Advice and assistance (including in person meetings in London)
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Implementation circular/rapid advice/letter to e.g. Ministry of Health
 
Description DWP. Advising on Low Income Dynamics. Various requests and advice provided.
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Implementation circular/rapid advice/letter to e.g. Ministry of Health
 
Description DWP. Cross checking DWP UKHLS teaching material.
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Implementation circular/rapid advice/letter to e.g. Ministry of Health
 
Description DWP. In work progression analysis using UKHLS.
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Implementation circular/rapid advice/letter to e.g. Ministry of Health
 
Description DWP. Modelling retirement transitions.
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Implementation circular/rapid advice/letter to e.g. Ministry of Health
 
Description DWP. Providing advice on private pensions data and analysis in UKHLS.
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Implementation circular/rapid advice/letter to e.g. Ministry of Health
 
Description DWP. Retirement planning.
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Implementation circular/rapid advice/letter to e.g. Ministry of Health
 
Description DWP. Social Justice Green Paper. Many discussions/analysis/assistance/meetings.
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Implementation circular/rapid advice/letter to e.g. Ministry of Health
URL https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/improving-lives-helping-workless-families
 
Description DWP. Understanding ESA claimants and the household they live in.
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Implementation circular/rapid advice/letter to e.g. Ministry of Health
 
Description DWP/DH
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
 
Description DWP: Family stability
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Implementation circular/rapid advice/letter to e.g. Ministry of Health
 
Description DWP: Income dynamics 2017
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Implementation circular/rapid advice/letter to e.g. Ministry of Health
 
Description DWP: Low income dynamics
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Implementation circular/rapid advice/letter to e.g. Ministry of Health
 
Description DWP: QA session
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Implementation circular/rapid advice/letter to e.g. Ministry of Health
 
Description DWP: Social Justice expert group
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a national consultation
 
Description DWP: Social Justice/Life Chances
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Implementation circular/rapid advice/letter to e.g. Ministry of Health
 
Description DWP: Social Justice/Life Chances
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Implementation circular/rapid advice/letter to e.g. Ministry of Health
 
Description DWP: UKHLS partnership information
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Implementation circular/rapid advice/letter to e.g. Ministry of Health
 
Description DWP: UKHLS-NPD analysis
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Implementation circular/rapid advice/letter to e.g. Ministry of Health
 
Description DWP: adequacy of weights in UKHLS
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Implementation circular/rapid advice/letter to e.g. Ministry of Health
 
Description DWP: advice on weighting for low income dynamics
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Implementation circular/rapid advice/letter to e.g. Ministry of Health
 
Description DWP: child maintanence
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Implementation circular/rapid advice/letter to e.g. Ministry of Health
 
Description DWPL international evidence day
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a national consultation
 
Description Design of National Education Evaluations
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Implementation circular/rapid advice/letter to e.g. Ministry of Health
Impact Aim was to ensure the highest possible standards of survey design and implementation are used for the evaluation of education policy in Denmark by improving the methods used by the Danish Evaluation Institute (EVA).
 
Description DfT. Travel behaviours, national and West Midlands.
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Implementation circular/rapid advice/letter to e.g. Ministry of Health
 
Description DfT: commuting behaviour
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Implementation circular/rapid advice/letter to e.g. Ministry of Health
 
Description ESS Sampling Expert Panel
Geographic Reach Europe 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
Impact The work of the panel aims to improve the quality of the design of the European Social Survey and thereby its fitness for purpose in providing an evidence base for policy discussions across Europe.
 
Description Eforms for MPS
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Implementation circular/rapid advice/letter to e.g. Ministry of Health
Impact Improved efficiency and effectiveness of the Australian Monthly Population Survey, the main source of official statistics on labour market participation in Australia.
 
Description English Housing Survey Steering and Technical Advisory Groups
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
 
Description Enhancing capacity at Dept. for Education, Dept. Work and Pensions and Dept for Business, Innovation and Skills in using Understanding Society and longitudinal analysis
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact This activity provided detailed training to staff across a number of departments. Fifty staff members participated in the training. As a result staff are better equipped to access Understanding Society data, more knowledgeable about policy areas where the study can inform policy and be able to exploit the longitudinal features of the study.
 
Description Enhancing capacity at the Department for Work and Pensions for using Understanding Society and longitudinal analysis
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact The Department for Works and Pensions is one of the largest departments in government, whose policies and programmes affect the lives of millions of people. Over 40 members of staff were trained in using Understanding Society. As a result the department is better able to make evidence based decisions. There use of the data now covers a broad range of policy areas including pensions, child poverty, social justice and health and employment. For example: Using Understanding Society marital relationship data to track progress on one of five social justice outcomes Use of financial data in their low income dynamics analyses and microsimulation models Use of evidence to inform the work of the newly established Work and Health Unit between DWP and DH (£115m budget & £40m health and work innovation fund).
 
Description Estimates of the trends of mothers' employment trajectories in Scotland produced for the Scottish Government
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Implementation circular/rapid advice/letter to e.g. Ministry of Health
 
Description Estimating the benefits of financial interventions that affect consumer behaviour
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Implementation circular/rapid advice/letter to e.g. Ministry of Health
Impact Many of the problems observed in retail financial markets are often underpinned by "suboptimal" consumer behaviour. The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) is keen to ensure regulation and interventions can more effectively identify and reduce consumer harm in these markets. Rapid advice was provided to the FCA in drafting new guidance on estimating and assigning monetary values to the benefits resulting from regulatory interventions aimed at addressing behavioural change or tackle lack of transparency. As a result of the guidance, policy makers are able to explore available cost-benefit techniques, data availability such as Understanding Society, and resourcing issues, improving the regulatory environment.
URL https://www.fca.org.uk/publications/occasional-papers/occasional-paper-39-estimating-benefits-interv...
 
Description Estimation for the EQOLS
Geographic Reach Europe 
Policy Influence Type Implementation circular/rapid advice/letter to e.g. Ministry of Health
Impact Advice to the EU Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions to improve the weighting and estimation methods used on the European Quality of Life Survey, a major research evidence base used directly to imform EU policy debates.
 
Description Evidence-based early-years intervention inquiry: Science and Technology Committee
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a national consultation
URL https://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/commons-select/science-and-technology-c...
 
Description Expert Advice to ONS: LFS Review
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Implementation circular/rapid advice/letter to e.g. Ministry of Health
Impact Improved the quality of the UK Labour Force Surveys, thereby potentially improving the quality of policy decisions and actions based on the survey data.
URL http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/guide-method/method-quality/quality/quality-reviews/list-of-current-nation...
 
Description Extending the policy relevance of the FSA evidence base
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Implementation circular/rapid advice/letter to e.g. Ministry of Health
Impact Consultancy advice provided to the Food Standards Agency improved the range and relevance of information collected by the "Food and You" survey, the Government's main evidence base for policy discussions regarding food safety awareness and hygiene practices.
 
Description Grandparents Plus: Grandparents and childcare
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Citation in other policy documents
Impact New analysis of the Understanding Society Survey by Grandparents Plus and Age UK shows that the amount of childcare provided by grandparents is increasing. Between 2009/10 and 2010/11 the number of children receiving informal childcare from their grandparents went up from 1.3 million to 1.6 million (from 11.7% to 14.3% of all children aged 0-14). Grandparents Plus and Age UK have estimated the value of grandparental childcare at £7.3 billion, almost double its value in 2004 in cash terms. In July 2013, the government published updated advice for the large numbers of grandparents caring for grandchildren under 12 which set out that grandparents could qualify for National Insurance credits that can top up their income in retirement. Working parents can give up the Child Benefit credits they receive and donate them to their child's grandparents or other adult family members for the previous tax year. http://www.grandparentsplus.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/Briefing-paper-on-grandparental-childcare.pdf
URL https://www.gov.uk/government/news/looking-after-the-grandchildren-make-sure-it-counts-towards-your-...
 
Description Growing up North - with the Children's Commissioner
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Implementation circular/rapid advice/letter to e.g. Ministry of Health
 
Description Homelessness Inquiry: Department of Communities and Local Government Committee
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Gave evidence to a government review
 
Description House of Lords Citizenship and Civic Engagement Inquiry
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a national consultation
URL http://www.parliament.uk/citizenship-civic-engagement
 
Description Improved data collection practice for the ETAS
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Implementation circular/rapid advice/letter to e.g. Ministry of Health
Impact Improved the precision of statistics produced from the Time Allocation Survey that are used to determine the allocation of HEFCE funding.
 
Description Improved design of EU-SILC
Geographic Reach Europe 
Policy Influence Type Implementation circular/rapid advice/letter to e.g. Ministry of Health
Impact Consultancy advice to Eurostat, the statistical office of the EU, to extend the evidence base and improve the quality of data collected by the EU-SILC programme, which is used extensively in EU policy formulation.
 
Description Improved implementation of the ALSC
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Implementation circular/rapid advice/letter to e.g. Ministry of Health
Impact Improved the effectiveness of the Australian Longitudinal Study of Children, a government-funded survey that is the main source of research and statistics for policy debate on longer-term effects of education, child support and social environment in childhood.
 
Description Improving the coverage of FSA data
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Implementation circular/rapid advice/letter to e.g. Ministry of Health
Impact Advice given to the Food Standards Agency, intended to improve participation rates in the FSA's main survey, which is used to inform policy decisions regarding food safety.
 
Description Industrial Strategy Roundtable
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
 
Description Informing SIPP design
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Implementation circular/rapid advice/letter to e.g. Ministry of Health
Impact Advice given to US Census Bureau on the design of experimental initiatives to improve the efficiency of the Survey of Income and Program Participation has improved the value of the information collected and consequently should improve the effectiveness with which public money is spent on SIPP.
 
Description JPSM Course
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact A 2-day training course was delivered in Washington DC to 50 participants, mainly researchers and policy advisors from US Government Departments (nearly one-third of participants were from the Bureau of Labor Statistics), with the objective of improving the relevance, effectiveness and efficiency of the various surveys and data collection exercises for which they are responsible.
 
Description Meeting researchers at the Department of Health to introduce them to the health data in the study and discuss longitudinal research projects
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
 
Description Meeting with ageing team at DWP. Presenting results of recent research on retirement expectations.
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Implementation circular/rapid advice/letter to e.g. Ministry of Health
 
Description Methodological advice to AIFS
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Implementation circular/rapid advice/letter to e.g. Ministry of Health
Impact Aimed to maximise the quality and fitness for purpose of data collection exercises carried out by the Australian institute for Family Studies in order to inform national family policy.
 
Description National Survey for Wales: Scientific and Technical Advisory Group
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
 
Description Policy Exchange: Report on ethnic diversity
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Citation in other policy documents
Impact Following initial engagement with Policy Exchange, the think tank has undertaken an extensive study on the state of ethnic diversity in Britain. This research, undertaken by the Ethnic Diversity Unit at Policy Exchange has resulted in the publication of a major report entitled 'A Portrait of Modern Britain' (2014). A number of politicians and commentators have welcomed the report, including the All Party Parliamentary Group on Race and Community. It was covered by Forbes Magazine, Daily Telegraph and the Daily Mail. Following the election in May 2015, the government has announced new measures to tackle discrimination and racial inequality.
 
Description Policy Unit: Direct Access service for Department for Transport
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
 
Description Policy Unit: Direct Access service for Department for Work and Pensions
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
 
Description Policy Unit: Direct Access service for Department of Health
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
 
Description Policy Unit: Direct Access service for Scottish Executive
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
 
Description Policy Unit: Direct Access service for Welsh Government
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
 
Description Policy Unit: event showcasing research and the study to Scottish Government, and training in software for analysts
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
 
Description Policy Unit: invited to attend Department of Health/Department for Work and Pensions roundtable
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Gave evidence to a government review
 
Description Policy Unit: member of expert panel for Citizens Advice Bureau that advises on how to measure financial capability outcomes for their interventions
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Membership of a guideline committee
 
Description Presentation at Royal Statistical Society
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
URL https://www.statslife.org.uk/members-area/member-news/sections-and-local-group-meeting-reports/3645-...
 
Description Presenting research paper using UKHLS to DWP on low income dynamics among ethnic minorities
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Implementation circular/rapid advice/letter to e.g. Ministry of Health
 
Description Presenting research paper using UKHLS to DWP on low income dynamics among ethnic minorities (CLOSER conference)
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Implementation circular/rapid advice/letter to e.g. Ministry of Health
 
Description Presenting research paper using UKHLS to DWP on low income dynamics among ethnic minorities (UKHLS scientific conference)
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Implementation circular/rapid advice/letter to e.g. Ministry of Health
 
Description Prevalence of child poverty in Scotland (initial analysis for the Scottish Government)
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Implementation circular/rapid advice/letter to e.g. Ministry of Health
 
Description Produced statistics on fuel poverty for the Scottish Government
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Implementation circular/rapid advice/letter to e.g. Ministry of Health
 
Description Produced statistics on intergenerational changes in wealth and housing for BBC Radio 4's Moneybox program
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Implementation circular/rapid advice/letter to e.g. Ministry of Health
Impact This series of programs on intergenerational differences contributed to current national and political debates on this topic.
 
Description Promotion of data through presentation of research: "An adaptive design approach to web fieldwork on the UK Household Longitudinal Study". Paper presented at the 7th Conference of the European Survey Research Association, Lisbon, Portugal, July 17-21, 2017
Geographic Reach Multiple continents/international 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
 
Description Promotion of data through presentation of research: "Do Interviewers' attitudes towards sharing personal information affect the consent rate they achieve?", presented at the International Panel Survey Methods Workshop. Berlin, Germany, 20-21 June, 2016.
Geographic Reach Multiple continents/international 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
 
Description Promotion of data through presentation of research: "Fieldwork experiments to boost web response". Paper presented at the CLOSER Mixing modes and measurement methods in longitudinal studies workshop, London, 3rd November 2016
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
 
Description Promotion of data through presentation of research: "Full house: Trying to encourage whole-household web-completion", at the International Field Directors and Technologies Conference. Austin, Texas. 15-18 May, 2016.
Geographic Reach Multiple continents/international 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
 
Description Promotion of data through presentation of research: "Moving Understanding Society to Mixed Mode: Effects on Response and Attrition". Paper presented at the 7th Conference of the European Survey Research Association, Lisbon, Portugal, July 17-21, 2017
Geographic Reach Multiple continents/international 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
 
Description Promotion of data through presentation of research: "Moving Understanding Society to Mixed Mode: Effects on Response and Attrition". Paper presented at the Understanding Society Conference July 2017, Colchester
Geographic Reach Multiple continents/international 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
 
Description Promotion of data through presentation of research: "Overview of open access European survey data 3: the UK Household Longitudinal Study". Paper presented at the 7th Conference of the European Survey Research Association, Lisbon, Portugal, July 17-21, 2017
Geographic Reach Multiple continents/international 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
 
Description Promotion of data through presentation of research: "Results for Web/Face-to-Face Linkage Consent Questions in the Innovation Panel". Paper presented at the Presented at the Mixing Modes and Measurement Methods in Longitudinal Studies Workshop, London
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
 
Description Promotion of data through presentation of research: "Understanding Society", Keynote Speaker at Annual meeting of the Dutch Platform for Survey Research, "Survey research into trends over time: a longitudinal panel", 8th September 2016, Amsterdam.
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
 
Description Promotion of data through presentation of research: Paper presented at the American Association for Public Opinion Research 72nd Annual Conference, May 18-21, 2017, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
Geographic Reach Multiple continents/international 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
 
Description Provided statistics on council tax bands for Scottish Government
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Implementation circular/rapid advice/letter to e.g. Ministry of Health
 
Description Public Health England and the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence: Youth smoking across England
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Implementation circular/rapid advice/letter to e.g. Ministry of Health
Impact Understanding Society was used to produce small area estimates on youth smoking across England. The small area estimates have been incorporated into PHE's Local Health tool, which aims to improve availability and accessibility of health and health-related information in England. Designed to help local government and health services make decisions and plans, to improve local people's health and reduce health inequalities, Local Health is an interactive geo-mapping website (www.localhealth.org.uk). This provides user-friendly data access and visualisation for Health and Wellbeing Boards, local agencies, health workers and educationalists to focus efforts where they are most needed. The research also attracted significant media attention covering online and print media. In particular, BBC Online and the Huffington Post ran stories on youth smoking, and because of its local dimension, over 40 regional newspapers, such as the Southern Daily Echo (covering Hampshire) ran a story covering the research.
URL http://www.localhealth.org.uk/#l=en;v=map4
 
Description Recommend researchers to participate in a roundtable on child and adolescent mental health at the Department of Health
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Implementation circular/rapid advice/letter to e.g. Ministry of Health
 
Description Reports by policy organisations that use UKHLS data (c. 40)
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Citation in other policy documents
 
Description SAS based Understanding Society training for Government analysts
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact Department for Work and Pensions, Department for Health, Bank of England, Financial Conduct Authority and Arts Council staff took part in this training course which provided hands-on data training on how to use Understanding Society data. In addition to providing a grounding on foundational analysis, the training also provided insights into policy applications of the Study. As a result participants acquired the following skillsfor application in their workplaces: • the way Understanding Society and its sample is designed • which data are collected and how the data are structured and stored • how to find variables using the interactive online documentation • how to access the data and prepare the data files for analysis • how to use weights for producing population estimates
 
Description SAS training course for UK civil servants (Sheffield)
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
 
Description SG. Social capital indicators. (Updating information on frequency of social capital indicators (spreadsheet), quality assurance of a report, and updating the figures to refelct the latest data release.)
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Implementation circular/rapid advice/letter to e.g. Ministry of Health
 
Description SS&M paper cited by a systematic review
Geographic Reach Multiple continents/international 
Policy Influence Type Citation in systematic reviews
URL https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Almudena_Claassen/publication/326551325_A_Systematic_Review_of_...
 
Description Sample design for minority and immigrant groups in the 28 EU member states
Geographic Reach Europe 
Policy Influence Type Implementation circular/rapid advice/letter to e.g. Ministry of Health
URL http://fra.europa.eu/en/project/2015/eu-midis-ii-european-union-minorities-and-discrimination-survey
 
Description Scottish Government consultation on obesity
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Gave evidence to a government review
URL https://cdn.ymaws.com/www.healtheconomics.org/resource/resmgr/EOSIG/EOSIG_response_to_Scottish_C.pdf
 
Description Scottish Government: special licence data and SIMD
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Implementation circular/rapid advice/letter to e.g. Ministry of Health
 
Description Submission to The All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Social Integration
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a national consultation
URL https://www.google.co.uk/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&ved=0ahUKEwiU1eD56-nZAhWjJsAKHdU5B...
 
Description Submission to the Hate crime and its violent consequences inquiry
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a national consultation
URL http://data.parliament.uk/writtenevidence/committeeevidence.svc/evidencedocument/home-affairs-commit...
 
Description Support and analysis provided to the Scottish Government in writing and updating a report on social capital in Scotland
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
 
Description Survey design, survey of visitors to North York Moors National Park
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Implementation circular/rapid advice/letter to e.g. Ministry of Health
URL http://www.yorkpotash.co.uk/
 
Description Training course on using Understanding Society in SAS held at the University of Sheffield for DWP DfE and DoH researchers
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
 
Description Training on Generating Research Impact
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact This training workshop on impact generation focused on the contribution of longitudinal research to social policy. The training was aimed at PhD Students from the UCL Biosocial Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT). One of four workshops over the course of the whole PhD, it looked at the impact process from start to finish, illustrated with actual case studies of where longitudinal research has made a difference. This opening session provided an overview of what impact is, why researchers should care about it, why it is important to build engagement, communications and influencing skills and what the main challenges are in achieving impact. Students were provided an opportunity to put this learning into practice and asked to come up with an 'impact plan' for a piece of research (drawn from real examples) - with feedback and recommendations provided. The event helped build capacity for impact amongst the next generation of researchers, and in particular how their biosocial research could make a difference through engagement with stakeholders.
 
Description UK All Party Parliamentary Group
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Gave evidence to a government review
URL https://cdn.ymaws.com/www.healtheconomics.org/resource/resmgr/EOSIG/APPG_final.pdf
 
Description Volunteering and Wellbeing: A Briefing Note for the Welsh Government
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Implementation circular/rapid advice/letter to e.g. Ministry of Health
Impact As part of its wellbeing agenda, and in the context of an ageing society, the Welsh government is keen to develop volunteering opportunities that also help improve wellbeing. This briefing note set out the latest evidence on the relationship between volunteering and wellbeing to inform the design of a volunteering initiative.
 
Description WG. Analysis on parenting styles.
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Implementation circular/rapid advice/letter to e.g. Ministry of Health
 
Description WG: Child's SDQ
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Implementation circular/rapid advice/letter to e.g. Ministry of Health
 
Description WG: Children's wellbeing
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Implementation circular/rapid advice/letter to e.g. Ministry of Health
 
Description WG: Parenting styles
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Implementation circular/rapid advice/letter to e.g. Ministry of Health
 
Description Working Party for Non-resident Fathers for the Life Study
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
 
Description Written submission to Women and Equalities Select Committee's Race Disparity Audit inquiry
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Gave evidence to a government review
 
Description An experimental analysis of the impact of survey instrument design on data quality and response behaviour in tablet-based web surveys
Amount £1,400 (GBP)
Organisation University of Essex 
Department University of Essex EssexLab
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 08/2015 
End 12/2016
 
Description Analysis of Understanding Society Survey
Amount £1,980 (GBP)
Organisation Citizens Advice 
Start 04/2015 
End 05/2016
 
Description British Academy - academy research projects - UKHLS - kitemarking scheme
Amount £14,000 (GBP)
Organisation The British Academy 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 07/2014 
End 06/2019
 
Description Centre for Doctoral Training
Amount £0 (GBP)
Organisation University of Essex 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 10/2016 
End 09/2023
 
Description DWP - The feasibility of conducting a universal credit panel survey - development work and the selection of an optimal design
Amount £28,000 (GBP)
Organisation Department for Work and Pensions 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 06/2014 
End 08/2014
 
Description DWP - Understanding Society added value data project
Amount £12,000 (GBP)
Organisation Department for Work and Pensions 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 07/2013 
End 08/2013
 
Description Developing new data collection methods for socio-economic surveys (Incoming Visitor)
Amount £4,692 (GBP)
Organisation University of Southampton 
Department ESRC National Centre for Research Methods
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country United Kingdom
Start 02/2017 
End 09/2017
 
Description ESRC - CLOSER Innovation Fund - Exploiting the existing biomarker data available in the CLOSER: age, social position and allostatic load
Amount £191,000 (GBP)
Funding ID EBB6900 
Organisation Economic and Social Research Council 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 10/2015 
End 09/2017
 
Description ESRC - CLOSER Innovation Fund - methodological innovations in data collection in longitudinal studies
Amount £45,000 (GBP)
Funding ID EBB6900 
Organisation Economic and Social Research Council 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 05/2016 
End 04/2017
 
Description ESRC - CTUR/UKHLS Associated Study: IP7 time use diary
Amount £85,000 (GBP)
Funding ID ES/K005146/1 
Organisation Economic and Social Research Council 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 10/2014 
End 02/2015
 
Description ESRC - SDAI 2014 - the prevalence and persistence of ethnic and racial harassment and its impact on health: a longitudinal analysis
Amount £173,000 (GBP)
Funding ID ES/N011791/1 
Organisation Economic and Social Research Council 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 02/2016 
End 07/2017
 
Description ESRC - how can biomarkers and genetics improve our understanding of society and health?
Amount £1,800,000 (GBP)
Funding ID ES/M008592/1 
Organisation Economic and Social Research Council 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 05/2015 
End 10/2018
 
Description ESRC Transofmrative Research Grant - understanding household finance through better measurement
Amount £115,000 (GBP)
Funding ID ES/N006534/1 
Organisation Economic and Social Research Council 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2016 
End 06/2017
 
Description JRF poverty and ethnicity - Post recession experience of poverty across ethnic groups
Amount £24,000 (GBP)
Funding ID 1103001H 
Organisation Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2014 
End 08/2014
 
Description MRC Methodology Research Panel - Modelling generic preference based outcome measures - development and comparison of methods
Amount £89,000 (GBP)
Funding ID MR/L022575/1 
Organisation Medical Research Council (MRC) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 09/2014 
End 02/2017
 
Description NCRM - international visitor exchange scheme - developing the use of new technologies for data collection in existing (longitudinal) surveys
Amount £5,000 (GBP)
Organisation University of Southampton 
Department ESRC National Centre for Research Methods
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country United Kingdom
Start 03/2016 
End 11/2016
 
Description NCRM methodological innovation projects - Understanding non-response on Understanding Society
Amount £140,000 (GBP)
Organisation University of Southampton 
Department ESRC National Centre for Research Methods
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country United Kingdom
Start 04/2013 
End 09/2014
 
Description Not the Golden Age of Old (FOSS)
Amount £0 (GBP)
Organisation Economic and Social Research Council 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 11/2016 
End 11/2016
 
Description Social capital, health and wellbeing in ageing populations in the UK and Brazil
Amount £8,693 (GBP)
Funding ID ES/P010075/1 
Organisation Economic and Social Research Council 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 12/2016 
End 11/2017
 
Description The Prevalence and Persistence of Ethnic and Racial Harassment and its Impact on Health: A Longitudinal Analysis
Amount £172,574 (GBP)
Funding ID ES/N011791/1 
Organisation Economic and Social Research Council 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 02/2016 
End 11/2017
 
Description Understanding Society Associated Study
Amount £1,177 (GBP)
Organisation London School of Economics and Political Science (University of London) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 08/2016 
End 10/2016
 
Description University of Melbourne Visiting Research Scholar Scheme
Amount $11,080 (AUD)
Organisation University of Melbourne 
Sector Academic/University
Country Australia
Start 09/2013 
End 11/2013
 
Description Work, Learning and Wellbeing
Amount £63,432 (GBP)
Funding ID ES/N003586/1 
Organisation Economic and Social Research Council 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2016 
End 06/2018
 
Title Understanding Society: The UK Household Longitudinal Study. Biomarker User Guide and Glossary 
Description This document contains an overview of the biomarker data available in Understanding Society. The glossary provides key information for each biomarker to help users with their analysis and provide relevant information to be considered when biomarker data are used for publications. For each biomarker the user guide and glossary outline: - the clinical significance of each biomarker, - a description of the role of the biomarker in the body; - laboratory methods and procedures used to measure the analyte; - guidance on factors to consider when analysing the biomarker; - distributions for each biomarker and where available, these distributions are compared to equivalent data available from the HSE or ELSA. 
Type Of Material Improvements to research infrastructure 
Year Produced 2014 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact This user guide and glossary has been cited by 19 research papers, helping researchers on how to construct biomarker research and make biomarker data easy to use even without prior experience in this field. 
URL https://www.understandingsociety.ac.uk/sites/default/files/downloads/legacy/7251-UnderstandingSociet...
 
Title Cross National Equivalent File -Understanding Society- 
Description I have added Understanding Society to the Cross National Equivalent File. The Cross National Equivalent File 1970-2013 contains equivalently defined variables for Understanding Society, the British Household Panel Study (BHPS), the Household Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA), the Korea Labor and Income Panel Study (KLIPS) (new this year), the Panel Study of Income Dynamics (PSID), the Russia Longitudinal Monitoring Survey (RLMS-HSE) (new this year), the Swiss Household Panel (SHP), the Canadian Survey of Labour and Income Dynamics (SLID), and the German Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP). 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2016 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact The CNEF is an international project based at the OHIO State University. The BHPS has been added by researchers at Cornell and the Ohio State University. I was in charge of adding Understanding Society and writing the codebook. 
URL https://cnef.ehe.osu.edu/
 
Title Genetics and epigenetics datasets - combined genotype phenotype data 
Description Set of genetics or and/or epigenetics datasets provided to different groups of researchers, via Metadac. To March 2018, 20 datasets have been supplied with a further 4 in progress. 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2016 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact Further research combining genetics/ epigenetics data and UKHLS data. 
 
Title Linked education data, England 
Description Linked Understanding Society - National Pupil Database data, released viw the UK Data Service Secure Lab facility. Includes child background and attainment data as well as absences and exclusions from school. 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2015 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact n/a 
URL https://discover.ukdataservice.ac.uk/catalogue/?sn=7642&type=Data
 
Title MEATDAC application: MDAC-2017-0016-02-Mills 
Description UKHLS genetics data provided to University of Oxford for project: Genes, cognitive function, political behaviours and orientations 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2018 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact Further use of UKHLS genetics data - scientific impact 
 
Title METADAC Application - MDAC_2017_0004_02 
Description Provided a dataset to University of Oxford to research matching models, schooling, marriage, exclusion restiction, IV and polygeneic scores. 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact N/A 
 
Title METADAC Application - MDAC_2017_0009_02_Richmond 
Description Provided a genetic and epigenetic database to University of Bristol to research the imapct of shiftwork on DNA methylation. 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact N/A 
 
Title METADAC Application - MDAC_2017_0011_02_Yousefi 
Description Provided a genetic and epigenetic database to the University of Bristol to research the impact of economic conditions at year of birth on DNA methylation age acceleration. 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact N/A 
 
Title METADAC Application - MDAC_2017_13_02_Lewis_Zebaneh 
Description Provided a genetic and epigenetic dataset to UCL to investigate the genetic relationship between anxiety, depression on CVD risk factors and disease. 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact N/A 
 
Title METADAC Application - USOCDAC 030 
Description Created a dataset combining genetic data with main survey data for UCL, project on using genetic markers to understand CV risk factors, mental, cognition and well-being. Dataset released to applicant February 2016 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact N/A 
 
Title METADAC Application - USOCDAC 031 
Description Created a dataset combining genetic data with main survey data for University of Bristol - CARTA Consortium Dataset released to applicant February 2016 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact N/A 
 
Title METADAC Application - USOCDAC 032 
Description Created a dataset combining genetic data with main survey data for University of Bristol, project on MR: causal role of Insulin-like growth factors in prostate cancer. Dataset released to applicant February 2016 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact N/A 
 
Title METADAC Application - USOCDAC 033 
Description Created a dataset combining genetic data with main survey data for Nuffield, Oxford, project REPROGENE - Genome Wide Gene-environment Interactions for Reproductive Behaviour. Dataset released to applicant February 2016 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact Potential journal article 
 
Title METADAC Application - USOCDAC 036 
Description Created a dataset combining genetic data with main survey data for University of East Anglia, project on assortative mating. Dataset released to applicant February 2016 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact Journal article published 
URL http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.intell.2016.08.005
 
Title METADAC Application: 2015_UKHLS_04 
Description Created a dataset combining genetic data with main survey data for Wellcome Trust Sanger, project on FPLD1 and severe insulin resistance GWAS Dataset released to applicant February 2016 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact Journal article published 
URL http://www.nature.com/ng/journal/v49/n1/full/ng.3714.html
 
Title METADAC Application: 2016_UKHLS_01_NICODEMUS 
Description Created a dataset combining genetic data with main survey data for University of Edinburgh, project on genomics of social support, personality and cognition. Dataset released to applicant July 2016 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact Potential journal artcile 
 
Title METADAC Application: 2016_UKHLS_03_CARVALHO 
Description Created a dataset combining genetic data with main survey data forQueen Mary University, project on Inflammatory cytokines IL-6, IL-1 and CRP as causal risk factors for depressive symptoms: MR Study Dataset released to applicant September 2016 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact N/A 
 
Title METADAC Application: MDAC-2017-0006-02 
Description Provided data to the University of Edinburgh to perform a meta-analysis of genome-wide association studies of general cognitive function in the CHARGE and COGENT consortia. 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact N/A 
 
Title METADAC application - 2017-12 and 14 - 02-Kuchenbaecker 
Description Provided genetics and epigenetics data to UCL for projects: An assessment of the genetic architecture of mental health indicators; Effects of GxE intercations on biomarker levels. 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2017 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact Further use of UKHLS genetics and epigenetics data - scientific impact of research 
 
Title METADAC application: MDAC-2017-0017-02-Jerrim 
Description Genetics data provided to UCL for project: Educational attainment and socio-economic gaps 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2017 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact Further research using UKHLS genetics data - scientific impact 
 
Title METADAC application: MDAC-2017-0023-02-Barrett 
Description Use of UKHLS genetics data in project: Understanding the genetics of neurodevelopmental disorders 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2017 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact Further use of UKHLS genetics data - scientific impact 
 
Title METADAC application: MDAC-2017-0024-02-van Kippersluis 
Description Use of UKHLS genetics data for project: Gene-Environment Interplay in the Generation of Health and Education Inequalities 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2018 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact Further use of UKHLS genetics data - scientific impact 
 
Title Understanding Couples' Experiences of Job Loss in Recessionary Britain - A Linked Qualitative Study, 2008-2013 
Description To understand the processes and motivations behind changes in labour market behaviour during periods of economic recession, this research project recorded the experiences and views of couple-households exposed to job loss in the Great Recession. Conducted as part of a larger ESRC-funded quantitative project, qualitative interviews were carried out with a purposive sample derived from the Understanding Society Innovation Panel. (The Understanding Society Innovation Panel is an annual panel survey that collects a wide range of information about the economic and social circumstances of those living in 1500 households across Britain.)Using the wealth of longitudinal information in the Understanding Society Innovation Panel, a sampling frame of approximately 150 couple households was identified where someone had either lost their job or was working reduced hours in the period 2008 to 2011. A carefully selected sample of 17 households were followed up and in-depth interviews were conducted with the couple-member who had experienced job loss and, where possible, their partner. The selection process was designed to assemble a sample reflecting a diverse range of household and family profiles; namely, couples with and without children, older and younger children; the pre-retirement phase; a range of incomes; and labour market areas across England more and less affected by the recession. Wherever feasible, partners were interviewed separately to allow each participant the opportunity to express their personal views most freely. Overall this led to 30 interviews, each of about 45 minutes in length. Fieldwork took place between October 2012 and February 2013and consent was obtained verbally. The research design incorporates the ability to link the interview transcripts to Understanding Society Innovation Panel survey data for future combined analysis of qualitative and quantitative material, subject to Special Licence. 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2015 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact Gush K, Scott J and Laurie H (2015) Households' responses to spousal job loss: 'all change' or 'carry on as usual'? Work, Employment & Society, 29 (5): 703-719. Gush K, Scott J and Laurie H (2015) 'Job loss and social capital: the role of family, friends and wider support networks.' ISER Working Paper Series, 2015-07. Colchester: Institute for Social and Economic Research, University of Essex. Laurie H, Gush K, Scott J, Bryan ML and Longhi S (2015) 'Understanding the added worker effect: a multiple methods interpretation.' ISER Working Paper Series, 2015-04 Colchester: Institute for Social and Economic Research, University of Essex. 
URL http://discover.ukdataservice.ac.uk
 
Title Understanding Society Secure Access datasets 
Description UKHLS mainstage and Innovation Panel secure access datasets, deposited with the UK Data Service 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2016 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact All UKHLS-generated impact is based on an UKHLS dataset such as this. Please refer to all other impact activity detailed in our ResearchFish submission. 
URL https://discover.ukdataservice.ac.uk/series/?sn=2000053
 
Title Understanding Society Special Licence datasets 
Description UKHLS mainstage and Innovation Panel special licence datasets deposited with the UK Data Service. 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2016 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact All UKHLS-generated impact is based on an UKHLS dataset such as this. Please refer to all other impact activity detailed in our ResearchFish submission. 
URL https://discover.ukdataservice.ac.uk/series/?sn=2000053
 
Title Understanding Society: Innovation Panel, Waves 1-9, 2008-2017 
Description The Innovation Panel is designed for experimental and methodological research relevant to longitudinal surveys. As far as practical its design, content, and data collection procedures are similar to the main stage Understanding Society survey. It is a multi-topic household survey representative of the population of Great Britain. Data collection takes place annually using computer assisted personal interviewing (CAPI) and computer assisted web interviewing (CAWI). One person completes the household questionnaire. Each person aged 16 or older answers the individual adult interview, including and self-completion questionnaire. Young people aged 10 to 15 years are asked to respond to a paper self-completion questionnaire. The Innovation Panel has multiple experimental studies in which households are randomly assigned to a particular instrument or survey procedure. Experiments can relate to survey procedures, questionnaire design, or substantive social science questions. 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2017 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact A wide range of peer-reviewed papers. 
URL https://discover.ukdataservice.ac.uk/catalogue/?sn=6849&type=Data%20catalogue
 
Title Understanding Society: Interviewer Survey 2014 
Description The Understanding Society Interviewer Survey 2014 data file is the result of a project that collected information from interviewers who worked on the Understanding Society data collection for Great Britain in the first round of interviews, which took place over the course of the years 2009 and 2010. One of the specific aims of the data collection was to better understand the nature of bias in respondent consent to data linkage and, in particular, the role of interviewers in obtaining consent and in affecting consent bias. Hence, the interviewer survey includes a number of questions eliciting interviewer attitudes to consent to data linkage and their experiences with asking for consent during the fieldwork. There are, however, also a great deal of questions that will be of interest to a greater audience of researchers, such as interviewer attitudes to persuasion, measures of their personality traits and markers of general trust. 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact The data file is going to deposited with the UK Data Service for greatest level of accessibility in the research community. 
 
Title Understanding Society: Waves 1-3, 2009-2012: Special Licence Access, Geographical Accessibility 
Description Understanding Society, the UK Household Longitudinal Study (UKHLS), UKHLS-Accessibility data file provides user-friendly access to information about access to eight domains of public services in the immediate areas in which study members live. The information has been sourced from the Department for Transport (DfT)'s Accessibility Statistics and offers more than 600 unique data items relating to how easy or difficult it is for different types of people in the local area to access employment and town centers, primary and secondary schools, institutions for further education, General Practitioners, hospitals, and food stores. The data file covers waves 1-3 of Understanding Society and has been deposited with the UK Data Service to allow greatest possible distribution. Researchers can apply to obtain access to the UKHLS-Accessibility data file under study's Special License policy. 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2014 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact The data offer information, for instance, on how many available jobs there are in the area and what proportion of them could be reached by somebody relying on public transport or walking, within a reasonable amount of time. It not only allows analysts to examine how much inequality there is in access to these services for different groups of people, such as people from different ethnic groups, and how has this changed over time, but also how these structural features impact people's lives. 
URL http://discover.ukdataservice.ac.uk/catalogue/?sn=7533&type=Data%20catalogue
 
Title Understanding Society: Waves 1-7, 2009-2016 and Harmonised BHPS: Waves 1-18, 1991-2009 
Description Understanding Society (UK Household Longitudinal Study), which began in 2009, is conducted by the Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER), at the University of Essex, and the survey research organisations are Kantar Public and NatCen. It builds on and incorporates, the British Household Panel Survey (BHPS), which began in 1991. The latest release combines the first seven waves of Understanding Society data with harmonised data from all eighteen waves of the BHPS. As multi-topic studies, the purpose of Understanding Society and BHPS is to understand short- and long-term effects of social and economic change in the UK at the household and individual levels. The study has a strong emphasis on domains of family and social ties, employment, education, financial resources, and health. Understanding Society is an annual survey of a nationally representative sample of persons of all ages. The same individuals are re-interviewed in each wave approximately 12 months apart, along with other current household members. When individuals move they are followed within the UK . The study has five sample components: the general population sample (GPS), a boost sample of ethnic minority group members, an immigrant and ethnic minority boost sample (from wave 6), participants from the BHPS and the Innovation Panel (which is a separate standalone survey). The fieldwork period lasts 24 months for each wave. Data collection primarily uses computer assisted personal interviewing (CAPI), but includes a telephone mop up, and from Wave 7, web-based interviews. One person completes the household questionnaire. Each person aged 16 or older participates in the individual adult interview and self-completed questionnaire. Youths aged 10 to 15 are asked to respond to a paper self-completion questionnaire. For the GPSand BHPS samples biomarker, genetic and epigenetic data are also available. 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2017 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact Hundreds of publications of various kinds. Major impacts in several dimensions, documented elsewhere. 
URL https://discover.ukdataservice.ac.uk/catalogue/?sn=6614&type=Data%20catalogue
 
Title Understanding Society: Waves 2-3 Nurse Health Assessment, 2010-2012 
Description The Wave 2 Nurse Health Assessment, conducted in 2010-2011 was completed with 15,591 adult participants from the General Population component of Understanding Society living in England, Scotland or Wales who completed a full Wave 2 interview. In addition, blood samples were obtained from 10,175 individuals. The Wave 3 Nurse Health Assessment, conducted in 2011-2012 was completed with the BHPS sample component. Assessments were conducted with 5,053 individuals and blood samples were obtained from 3,342 individuals. The Nurse Health Assessment followed the main wave interview by approximately five months. The physical measures, biomarkers and questionnaire data from the Nurse Health Assessment interview are available from the UK Data Service. Genetics information is also available. 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2013 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact A wide range of peer-reviewed papers to date. 
URL https://discover.ukdataservice.ac.uk/catalogue/?sn=7251&type=Data%20catalogue
 
Description A debt effect? How is unmanageable debt related to other problems in people's lives? 
Organisation Citizens Advice
PI Contribution We carried out analysis of the relationship between high personal debt and poor mental health using data from Understanding Society.
Collaborator Contribution They asked us to use our data to answer a question they could not answer with other data.
Impact A report was made publicly available, and the results of this analysis informed the Citizen's Advice Bureau's strategy in this area.
Start Year 2016
 
Description Adaptive Survey Design Network 
Organisation Government of Canada
Department Statistics Canada
Country Canada 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Advice, discussion, participation in scientific debates.
Collaborator Contribution Advice, discussion, participation in scientific debates.
Impact Influence on the design of scientific studies in three countries.
Start Year 2015
 
Description Adaptive Survey Design Network 
Organisation Government of the United States of America
Department U.S. Census Bureau
Country Unknown 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Advice, discussion, participation in scientific debates.
Collaborator Contribution Advice, discussion, participation in scientific debates.
Impact Influence on the design of scientific studies in three countries.
Start Year 2015
 
Description Adaptive Survey Design Network 
Organisation University of Manchester
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Advice, discussion, participation in scientific debates.
Collaborator Contribution Advice, discussion, participation in scientific debates.
Impact Influence on the design of scientific studies in three countries.
Start Year 2015
 
Description Adaptive Survey Design Network 
Organisation University of Michigan
Country United States 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Advice, discussion, participation in scientific debates.
Collaborator Contribution Advice, discussion, participation in scientific debates.
Impact Influence on the design of scientific studies in three countries.
Start Year 2015
 
Description Associated Study - IP7 - Time/ risk preferences 
Organisation Macalester College
Country United States 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Hosting the study on IP7
Collaborator Contribution Managing and running the study on IP7.
Impact Working paper, IP7 user guide, dataset.
Start Year 2014
 
Description CLOSER's Longitudinal Communications Network 
Organisation Galeazzi Orthopaedic Institute
Country Italy 
Sector Hospitals 
PI Contribution Knowledge exchange, input into each other's communication plans & sharing news, resources and experiences.
Collaborator Contribution Knowledge exchange, input into each other's communication plans & sharing news, resources and experiences.
Impact Most recently, the Knowledge Exchange Workshop on Participant Engagement which brought together staff involved in participant engagement at all levels, in a variety of studies including from abroad. Other outcomes include coordination around events, conferences and engagement (eg, at our own conference CLOSER ran an impact workshop) and ensuring our communications activities are joined up (eg, bulletins, publications and web content)
Start Year 2013
 
Description CLOSER's Longitudinal Communications Network 
Organisation Millennium Cohort Study (MCS)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Knowledge exchange, input into each other's communication plans & sharing news, resources and experiences.
Collaborator Contribution Knowledge exchange, input into each other's communication plans & sharing news, resources and experiences.
Impact Most recently, the Knowledge Exchange Workshop on Participant Engagement which brought together staff involved in participant engagement at all levels, in a variety of studies including from abroad. Other outcomes include coordination around events, conferences and engagement (eg, at our own conference CLOSER ran an impact workshop) and ensuring our communications activities are joined up (eg, bulletins, publications and web content)
Start Year 2013
 
Description CLOSER's Longitudinal Communications Network 
Organisation The Global Health Network
Department International Severe Acute Respiratory Infection Consortium (ISARIC)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Knowledge exchange, input into each other's communication plans & sharing news, resources and experiences.
Collaborator Contribution Knowledge exchange, input into each other's communication plans & sharing news, resources and experiences.
Impact Most recently, the Knowledge Exchange Workshop on Participant Engagement which brought together staff involved in participant engagement at all levels, in a variety of studies including from abroad. Other outcomes include coordination around events, conferences and engagement (eg, at our own conference CLOSER ran an impact workshop) and ensuring our communications activities are joined up (eg, bulletins, publications and web content)
Start Year 2013
 
Description CLOSER's Longitudinal Communications Network 
Organisation University of Southampton
Department MRC Lifecourse Epidemiology Unit
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Knowledge exchange, input into each other's communication plans & sharing news, resources and experiences.
Collaborator Contribution Knowledge exchange, input into each other's communication plans & sharing news, resources and experiences.
Impact Most recently, the Knowledge Exchange Workshop on Participant Engagement which brought together staff involved in participant engagement at all levels, in a variety of studies including from abroad. Other outcomes include coordination around events, conferences and engagement (eg, at our own conference CLOSER ran an impact workshop) and ensuring our communications activities are joined up (eg, bulletins, publications and web content)
Start Year 2013
 
Description CLOSER: Data management in birth cohort and longitudinal studies - scoping study 
Organisation Galeazzi Orthopaedic Institute
Country Italy 
Sector Hospitals 
PI Contribution Its purpose is to look at how we and other institutions running longitudinal or cohort surveys and studies manage data, and to propose a framework for such data processing that better meets our needs now and in the future. The original proposal includes: Researchers will continue to demand updated metadata from new data collections and this will need to be supplied to CLOSER or its successors. The studies themselves should be able to utilise the metadata collection to enhance and improve their own data management processes. At present, most studies are not in a position to do this primarily because their data infrastructures are outdated. Alongside this, the data landscape is continually evolving and the demands on data management at the studies are increasing, but the technology to manage this is in general not keeping up with current or future requirements. This proposal seeks to begin to understand the scope of this problem and provide sufficient knowledge to plan address to this "infrastructure gap" situation by looking at four main areas: a. To understand the current infrastructures, its strengths and weaknesses b. The constraints in developing a new infrastructure at the host institutions and with current resources c. To gain a better understanding of current and future requirements d. To better understand, current and emerging technologies The purpose would be to provide the studies with sufficient information to produce a data management strategy for longitudinal data management to which individual studies could benchmark their individual future requirements in order to assess hardware and software procurement and development.
Collaborator Contribution See above
Impact None as yet - project just getting started
Start Year 2015
 
Description Capacity building in Scotland 
Organisation Government of Scotland
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Joint event and training where Understanding Society developed the content for the event and the SAS training and both the Scottish Government and AQMeN engaged their staff/network members in the events. Scottish Government also helped identify speakers for the event.
Collaborator Contribution Joint event and training where Understanding Society developed the content for the event and the SAS training and both the Scottish Government and AQMeN engaged their staff/network members in the events. Scottish Government also helped identify speakers for the event.
Impact Around 100 people took part in the events (Around 18 in the more detailed hands-on data training)
Start Year 2014
 
Description Capacity building in Scotland 
Organisation University of Edinburgh
Department Applied Quantitative Methods Network (AQMeN) II
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Joint event and training where Understanding Society developed the content for the event and the SAS training and both the Scottish Government and AQMeN engaged their staff/network members in the events. Scottish Government also helped identify speakers for the event.
Collaborator Contribution Joint event and training where Understanding Society developed the content for the event and the SAS training and both the Scottish Government and AQMeN engaged their staff/network members in the events. Scottish Government also helped identify speakers for the event.
Impact Around 100 people took part in the events (Around 18 in the more detailed hands-on data training)
Start Year 2014
 
Description Children's mental health in the transition from childhood to adolescence - predictive and protective factors 
Organisation Barnardo's
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution We held an open competition for third sector organisations to collaborate with Understanding Society. The Children's Society and Barnardos put in similar bids, so we negotiated a joint project. We are carrying out longitudinal analysis of Understanding Society data to explore the factors the lead young people into poorer mental health over the ages of 10 to 15.
Collaborator Contribution The two charities are producing a report that will publish the findings.
Impact A report will be published in 2017 on the findings. The results will feed into the practice of Barnardos and The Children's Society in supporting young people and children with poor mental health.
Start Year 2016
 
Description Children's mental health in the transition from childhood to adolescence - predictive and protective factors 
Organisation The Children's Society
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution We held an open competition for third sector organisations to collaborate with Understanding Society. The Children's Society and Barnardos put in similar bids, so we negotiated a joint project. We are carrying out longitudinal analysis of Understanding Society data to explore the factors the lead young people into poorer mental health over the ages of 10 to 15.
Collaborator Contribution The two charities are producing a report that will publish the findings.
Impact A report will be published in 2017 on the findings. The results will feed into the practice of Barnardos and The Children's Society in supporting young people and children with poor mental health.
Start Year 2016
 
Description Co-Funders Group 
Organisation Department For Environment, Food And Rural Affairs (DEFRA)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Understanding Society works closely with each department to ensure that their needs are met on a project by project basis as well as through an overarching governance mechanism. Departments also fund the study and provide input into various decisions.
Collaborator Contribution Understanding Society works closely with each department to ensure that their needs are met on a project by project basis as well as through an overarching governance mechanism. Departments also fund the study and provide input into various decisions.
Impact See Direct Access entries on Research Fish.
Start Year 2008
 
Description Co-Funders Group 
Organisation Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Understanding Society works closely with each department to ensure that their needs are met on a project by project basis as well as through an overarching governance mechanism. Departments also fund the study and provide input into various decisions.
Collaborator Contribution Understanding Society works closely with each department to ensure that their needs are met on a project by project basis as well as through an overarching governance mechanism. Departments also fund the study and provide input into various decisions.
Impact See Direct Access entries on Research Fish.
Start Year 2008
 
Description Co-Funders Group 
Organisation Department for Education
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Understanding Society works closely with each department to ensure that their needs are met on a project by project basis as well as through an overarching governance mechanism. Departments also fund the study and provide input into various decisions.
Collaborator Contribution Understanding Society works closely with each department to ensure that their needs are met on a project by project basis as well as through an overarching governance mechanism. Departments also fund the study and provide input into various decisions.
Impact See Direct Access entries on Research Fish.
Start Year 2008
 
Description Co-Funders Group 
Organisation Department for Work and Pensions
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Understanding Society works closely with each department to ensure that their needs are met on a project by project basis as well as through an overarching governance mechanism. Departments also fund the study and provide input into various decisions.
Collaborator Contribution Understanding Society works closely with each department to ensure that their needs are met on a project by project basis as well as through an overarching governance mechanism. Departments also fund the study and provide input into various decisions.
Impact See Direct Access entries on Research Fish.
Start Year 2008
 
Description Co-Funders Group 
Organisation Department of Transport
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Understanding Society works closely with each department to ensure that their needs are met on a project by project basis as well as through an overarching governance mechanism. Departments also fund the study and provide input into various decisions.
Collaborator Contribution Understanding Society works closely with each department to ensure that their needs are met on a project by project basis as well as through an overarching governance mechanism. Departments also fund the study and provide input into various decisions.
Impact See Direct Access entries on Research Fish.
Start Year 2008
 
Description Co-Funders Group 
Organisation Food Standards Agency (FSA)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Understanding Society works closely with each department to ensure that their needs are met on a project by project basis as well as through an overarching governance mechanism. Departments also fund the study and provide input into various decisions.
Collaborator Contribution Understanding Society works closely with each department to ensure that their needs are met on a project by project basis as well as through an overarching governance mechanism. Departments also fund the study and provide input into various decisions.
Impact See Direct Access entries on Research Fish.
Start Year 2008
 
Description Co-Funders Group 
Organisation Government of Scotland
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Understanding Society works closely with each department to ensure that their needs are met on a project by project basis as well as through an overarching governance mechanism. Departments also fund the study and provide input into various decisions.
Collaborator Contribution Understanding Society works closely with each department to ensure that their needs are met on a project by project basis as well as through an overarching governance mechanism. Departments also fund the study and provide input into various decisions.
Impact See Direct Access entries on Research Fish.
Start Year 2008
 
Description Co-Funders Group 
Organisation Government of Wales
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Understanding Society works closely with each department to ensure that their needs are met on a project by project basis as well as through an overarching governance mechanism. Departments also fund the study and provide input into various decisions.
Collaborator Contribution Understanding Society works closely with each department to ensure that their needs are met on a project by project basis as well as through an overarching governance mechanism. Departments also fund the study and provide input into various decisions.
Impact See Direct Access entries on Research Fish.
Start Year 2008
 
Description Co-Funders Group 
Organisation Government of the UK
Department Department for Communities & Local Government (DCLG)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Understanding Society works closely with each department to ensure that their needs are met on a project by project basis as well as through an overarching governance mechanism. Departments also fund the study and provide input into various decisions.
Collaborator Contribution Understanding Society works closely with each department to ensure that their needs are met on a project by project basis as well as through an overarching governance mechanism. Departments also fund the study and provide input into various decisions.
Impact See Direct Access entries on Research Fish.
Start Year 2008
 
Description Co-Funders Group 
Organisation Ministry of Justice
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Understanding Society works closely with each department to ensure that their needs are met on a project by project basis as well as through an overarching governance mechanism. Departments also fund the study and provide input into various decisions.
Collaborator Contribution Understanding Society works closely with each department to ensure that their needs are met on a project by project basis as well as through an overarching governance mechanism. Departments also fund the study and provide input into various decisions.
Impact See Direct Access entries on Research Fish.
Start Year 2008
 
Description Co-Funders Group 
Organisation Office for National Statistics
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Understanding Society works closely with each department to ensure that their needs are met on a project by project basis as well as through an overarching governance mechanism. Departments also fund the study and provide input into various decisions.
Collaborator Contribution Understanding Society works closely with each department to ensure that their needs are met on a project by project basis as well as through an overarching governance mechanism. Departments also fund the study and provide input into various decisions.
Impact See Direct Access entries on Research Fish.
Start Year 2008
 
Description Co-Funders Group 
Organisation University of Bath
Department School of Health Bath
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Understanding Society works closely with each department to ensure that their needs are met on a project by project basis as well as through an overarching governance mechanism. Departments also fund the study and provide input into various decisions.
Collaborator Contribution Understanding Society works closely with each department to ensure that their needs are met on a project by project basis as well as through an overarching governance mechanism. Departments also fund the study and provide input into various decisions.
Impact See Direct Access entries on Research Fish.
Start Year 2008
 
Description DTRN: Data training and resource network 
Organisation UK Data Service
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution This network was established to promote the use of ESRC data infrastucture and to support its use by providing training and resources. We have contributed a range of resources about Understanding Society and contributed to training events and documents.
Collaborator Contribution as above
Impact range of training events held
Start Year 2014
 
Description DTRN: Data training and resource network 
Organisation University College London
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution This network was established to promote the use of ESRC data infrastucture and to support its use by providing training and resources. We have contributed a range of resources about Understanding Society and contributed to training events and documents.
Collaborator Contribution as above
Impact range of training events held
Start Year 2014
 
Description DTRN: Data training and resource network 
Organisation University College London
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution This network was established to promote the use of ESRC data infrastucture and to support its use by providing training and resources. We have contributed a range of resources about Understanding Society and contributed to training events and documents.
Collaborator Contribution as above
Impact range of training events held
Start Year 2014
 
Description DTRN: Data training and resource network 
Organisation University of Southampton
Department Administrative Data Research Centre for England
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution This network was established to promote the use of ESRC data infrastucture and to support its use by providing training and resources. We have contributed a range of resources about Understanding Society and contributed to training events and documents.
Collaborator Contribution as above
Impact range of training events held
Start Year 2014
 
Description DTRN: Data training and resource network 
Organisation University of Southampton
Department ESRC National Centre for Research Methods
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution This network was established to promote the use of ESRC data infrastucture and to support its use by providing training and resources. We have contributed a range of resources about Understanding Society and contributed to training events and documents.
Collaborator Contribution as above
Impact range of training events held
Start Year 2014
 
Description ESSNet DCSS 
Organisation European Commission
Country European Union (EU) 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution I was expert advisor to the European Statistical System Network on Data Collection for Social Surveys, a network commissioned and funded by the European Commission to carry out research into data collection methods - particularly online methodology - appropriate for Europe-wide surveys such as the European Labour Force Survey,
Collaborator Contribution Research, scientific discussion, reporting, administration and management of the network.
Impact A report to the Commission making a series of recommendations regarding data collection design and methods for Europe-wide official surveys.
Start Year 2012
 
Description ESSNet DCSS 
Organisation Federal Statistical Office
Country Germany 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution I was expert advisor to the European Statistical System Network on Data Collection for Social Surveys, a network commissioned and funded by the European Commission to carry out research into data collection methods - particularly online methodology - appropriate for Europe-wide surveys such as the European Labour Force Survey,
Collaborator Contribution Research, scientific discussion, reporting, administration and management of the network.
Impact A report to the Commission making a series of recommendations regarding data collection design and methods for Europe-wide official surveys.
Start Year 2012
 
Description ESSNet DCSS 
Organisation National Institute of Statistics
Country Italy 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution I was expert advisor to the European Statistical System Network on Data Collection for Social Surveys, a network commissioned and funded by the European Commission to carry out research into data collection methods - particularly online methodology - appropriate for Europe-wide surveys such as the European Labour Force Survey,
Collaborator Contribution Research, scientific discussion, reporting, administration and management of the network.
Impact A report to the Commission making a series of recommendations regarding data collection design and methods for Europe-wide official surveys.
Start Year 2012
 
Description ESSNet DCSS 
Organisation Statistics Denmark
Country Denmark 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution I was expert advisor to the European Statistical System Network on Data Collection for Social Surveys, a network commissioned and funded by the European Commission to carry out research into data collection methods - particularly online methodology - appropriate for Europe-wide surveys such as the European Labour Force Survey,
Collaborator Contribution Research, scientific discussion, reporting, administration and management of the network.
Impact A report to the Commission making a series of recommendations regarding data collection design and methods for Europe-wide official surveys.
Start Year 2012
 
Description ESSNet DCSS 
Organisation Statistics Finland
Country Finland 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution I was expert advisor to the European Statistical System Network on Data Collection for Social Surveys, a network commissioned and funded by the European Commission to carry out research into data collection methods - particularly online methodology - appropriate for Europe-wide surveys such as the European Labour Force Survey,
Collaborator Contribution Research, scientific discussion, reporting, administration and management of the network.
Impact A report to the Commission making a series of recommendations regarding data collection design and methods for Europe-wide official surveys.
Start Year 2012
 
Description ESSNet DCSS 
Organisation Statistics Netherlands
Country Netherlands 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution I was expert advisor to the European Statistical System Network on Data Collection for Social Surveys, a network commissioned and funded by the European Commission to carry out research into data collection methods - particularly online methodology - appropriate for Europe-wide surveys such as the European Labour Force Survey,
Collaborator Contribution Research, scientific discussion, reporting, administration and management of the network.
Impact A report to the Commission making a series of recommendations regarding data collection design and methods for Europe-wide official surveys.
Start Year 2012
 
Description ESSNet DCSS 
Organisation Statistics Norway
Country Norway 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution I was expert advisor to the European Statistical System Network on Data Collection for Social Surveys, a network commissioned and funded by the European Commission to carry out research into data collection methods - particularly online methodology - appropriate for Europe-wide surveys such as the European Labour Force Survey,
Collaborator Contribution Research, scientific discussion, reporting, administration and management of the network.
Impact A report to the Commission making a series of recommendations regarding data collection design and methods for Europe-wide official surveys.
Start Year 2012
 
Description International Workshop on Household Survey Nonresponse 
Organisation Government of the United States of America
Department U.S. Census Bureau
Country Unknown 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Scientific leadership including organisation of annual network meetings.
Collaborator Contribution Scientific leadership including organisation of annual network meetings.
Impact Multi-disciplinary network involving academics, government institutions and private sector research institutes, concerned with economic activity, social policy, social security, health, crime, transport, etc.
 
Description International Workshop on Household Survey Nonresponse 
Organisation IAB Nuremburg
Country Germany 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Scientific leadership including organisation of annual network meetings.
Collaborator Contribution Scientific leadership including organisation of annual network meetings.
Impact Multi-disciplinary network involving academics, government institutions and private sector research institutes, concerned with economic activity, social policy, social security, health, crime, transport, etc.
 
Description International Workshop on Household Survey Nonresponse 
Organisation Statistics Denmark
Country Denmark 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Scientific leadership including organisation of annual network meetings.
Collaborator Contribution Scientific leadership including organisation of annual network meetings.
Impact Multi-disciplinary network involving academics, government institutions and private sector research institutes, concerned with economic activity, social policy, social security, health, crime, transport, etc.
 
Description International Workshop on Household Survey Nonresponse 
Organisation Statistics Denmark
Country Denmark 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Scientific leadership including organisation of annual network meetings.
Collaborator Contribution Scientific leadership including organisation of annual network meetings.
Impact Multi-disciplinary network involving academics, government institutions and private sector research institutes, concerned with economic activity, social policy, social security, health, crime, transport, etc.
 
Description International Workshop on Household Survey Nonresponse 
Organisation Statistics Norway
Country Norway 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Scientific leadership including organisation of annual network meetings.
Collaborator Contribution Scientific leadership including organisation of annual network meetings.
Impact Multi-disciplinary network involving academics, government institutions and private sector research institutes, concerned with economic activity, social policy, social security, health, crime, transport, etc.
 
Description Ipsos-MORI studentship collaboration 
Organisation Ipsos MORI
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution I supervise the PhD student whose fees are paid for by Ipsos-MORI.
Collaborator Contribution Ipsos-MORI pay the student's fees and also provide co-supervision and access to secure data that they hold.
Impact A draft paper, close to being ready for journal submission. Others expected.
Start Year 2014
 
Description MYWeB Network 
Organisation European Commission
Country European Union (EU) 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Expert advice; research services
Collaborator Contribution Complementary expert advice, research, administration and management.
Impact Recommendations to the EC on the needs for original data collection to inform research and policy needs.
Start Year 2013
 
Description Network on weighting methods 
Organisation University of Melbourne
Country Australia 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Scientific discussions; jointly planning a research agenda and writing a funding application.
Collaborator Contribution Scientific discussions; jointly planning a research agenda and writing a funding application.
Impact None yet.
Start Year 2013
 
Description Network on weighting methods 
Organisation University of Queensland
Country Australia 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Scientific discussions; jointly planning a research agenda and writing a funding application.
Collaborator Contribution Scientific discussions; jointly planning a research agenda and writing a funding application.
Impact None yet.
Start Year 2013
 
Description Panel Survey Methods Network 
Organisation Australian Government
Department Department of Social Services
Country Australia 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Scientific leadership including organisation of biennial network meetings.
Collaborator Contribution Scientific leadership including organisation of biennial network meetings.
Impact Improved research practice in various contexts.
Start Year 2008
 
Description Panel Survey Methods Network 
Organisation German Institute for Economic Research
Country Germany 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Scientific leadership including organisation of biennial network meetings.
Collaborator Contribution Scientific leadership including organisation of biennial network meetings.
Impact Improved research practice in various contexts.
Start Year 2008
 
Description Panel Survey Methods Network 
Organisation Government of the United States of America
Department U.S. Census Bureau
Country Unknown 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Scientific leadership including organisation of biennial network meetings.
Collaborator Contribution Scientific leadership including organisation of biennial network meetings.
Impact Improved research practice in various contexts.
Start Year 2008
 
Description Pathways to economic inactivity amongst young women 
Organisation Young Women's Trust
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution We held a competition for third sector organisations to collaborate on a research project. The Young Women's Trust proposed looking at the pathways that lead more young women into economic inactivity than young men. We are carrying out the analysis, exploiting the longitudinal potential of the data.
Collaborator Contribution YWT are providing feedback and guidance on the results and will write the findings into a report they publish.
Impact A report is currently in draft.
Start Year 2016
 
Description Presented 4th SERISS training course on Cross-national Longitudinal Data Analysis 
Organisation European Commission
Department Horizon 2020
Country European Union (EU) 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Synergies for Europe's Research Infrastructures in the Social Sciences (SERISS), aims to equip Europe's social science data infrastructures to play a major role in addressing the key societal challenges facing Europe today and ensure that national and European policymaking is built on a solid base of the highest-quality socio-economic evidence. The project brings together leading European Research Infrastructures in the social sciences - the European Social Survey (ESS ERIC), the Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe (SHARE ERIC) and Consortium of European Social Science Data Archives (CESSDA ERIC) - alongside organisations representing the Generations and Gender Programme (GGP), European Values Study (EVS) and the WageIndicator Survey. It aims to exploit potential synergies and overcome existing fragmentation across infrastructures in order to enhance the key role played by these infrastructures, which form the bedrock of empirical social science in Europe. SERISS Work Package 5, Training and Dissemination, addresses specific training of staff working in cross-national social science research and infrastructures. The work package aims to design trainings and training materials for tools developed in SERISS and to provide training on data management, data handling and harmonisation, as well as on statistical analysis to a wider social science community. By sharing resources and skills training will have considerable value beyond infrastructure specific initiatives. The SERISS project therefore develops a programme of face-to-face training events and online resources to disseminate learning from the project among other researchers and social science infrastructures. I have presented the 4th and final training course in this programme, drawing on my extensive knowledge of the Understanding Society, SOEP and CNEF studies and my heavy involvement in developing and delivering hands-on training workshop. In the next couple of months there will be a webinar on the substantive content of the course.
Collaborator Contribution SERISS network organised the training course, advertised it, provided the facilities and hosted the hands-on training workshop. The course was well-received and reached a network of researchers to whom analysis of panel data is very new. (More than 120 analysts applied to attend the course of whom 25 were invited to participate).
Impact Five worksheets illustrating longitudinal analysis of panel data have been produced and were shared with the course participants. Syntax files to replicate the analysis has been shared also. A webinar will be recorded and posted on the SERISS website.
Start Year 2019
 
Description Student training on European Social Survey 
Organisation Centre for Comparative Social Surveys (CCSS)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution The students sent for their practicum with the organization share their theoretical knowledge learned during the lectures.
Collaborator Contribution CCSS provide training and supervision for students during their practicum placement.
Impact student course presentation
Start Year 2011
 
Description TNS studentship collaboration 
Organisation TNS BMRB
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution I supervise the PhD student whose fees are paid for by TNS BMRB.
Collaborator Contribution TNS BMRB pay the student's fees and also provide co-supervision and access to secure data that they hold.
Impact To date, 5 conferences presentations (4 different papers, one repeated) have been made. Furthermore, opportunities for additional collaboration outside of the immediate scope of the current partnership have been identified and are being pursued.
Start Year 2014
 
Description The State of Social Capital in Britain 
Organisation Connected Communities Innovation Network (CCIN)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Joint event where Understanding Society conceptually developed a different way to think about aspects of social capital, and in consultation with NCVO and CCIN, developed a programme for the event. The Department for Communities and Local Government and Cabinet Office also supported the event.
Collaborator Contribution Joint event where Understanding Society conceptually developed a different way to think about aspects of social capital, and in consultation with NCVO and CCIN, developed a programme for the event. The Department for Communities and Local Government and Cabinet Office also supported the event.
Impact 150 people from charities, local government and academic engaged. Over 20+ presentations generated, which are now available on the Understanding Society website. A policy briefing is also being finalised. Individual organisations have commented on how useful insights into social capital have been, including the Department of Communities and Local Government. The New Local Government Network (think tank) is developing a project to undertake more detailed work on how local public service can be reformed, supported by civic engagement (subject to funding).
Start Year 2015
 
Description The State of Social Capital in Britain 
Organisation National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Joint event where Understanding Society conceptually developed a different way to think about aspects of social capital, and in consultation with NCVO and CCIN, developed a programme for the event. The Department for Communities and Local Government and Cabinet Office also supported the event.
Collaborator Contribution Joint event where Understanding Society conceptually developed a different way to think about aspects of social capital, and in consultation with NCVO and CCIN, developed a programme for the event. The Department for Communities and Local Government and Cabinet Office also supported the event.
Impact 150 people from charities, local government and academic engaged. Over 20+ presentations generated, which are now available on the Understanding Society website. A policy briefing is also being finalised. Individual organisations have commented on how useful insights into social capital have been, including the Department of Communities and Local Government. The New Local Government Network (think tank) is developing a project to undertake more detailed work on how local public service can be reformed, supported by civic engagement (subject to funding).
Start Year 2015
 
Description Understanding Society fieldwork - waves 6-8 - TNS BMRB 
Organisation TNS BMRB
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Management of the sub-contract with NatCen for the provision of fieldwork services for waves 1-5 of Understanding Society - partnership working with NatCen to deliver the survey.
Collaborator Contribution Delivery of the fieldwork and associated activities for Understanding Society waves 6-8.
Impact See all other outputs, which are dependent on the delivery of fieldwork by our partner agency.
Start Year 2013
 
Description Understanding Society work with CLOSER 
Organisation Galeazzi Orthopaedic Institute
Country Italy 
Sector Hospitals 
PI Contribution The UK is home to the world's largest and longest-running longitudinal studies. CLOSER (Cohort & Longitudinal Studies Enhancement Resources) aims to maximise their use, value and impact both at home and abroad. Bringing together nine leading studies - including Understanding Society - , the British Library and the UK Data Service, CLOSER works to stimulate interdisciplinary research, develop shared resources, provide training, and share expertise. In this way CLOSER is helping to build the body of knowledge on how life in the UK is changing - both across generations and in comparison to the rest of the world.
Collaborator Contribution As above.
Impact See other ResearchFish entries. CLOSER session on generating impact at the Understanding Society 2015 conference. CLOSER comms network.
Start Year 2013
 
Description University of Mannheim studentship collaboration 
Organisation University of Mannheim
Country Germany 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution I supervise the PhD student.
Collaborator Contribution The University of Mannheim provides a co-supervisor for the PhD student and access to their data collection facilities which allows the student to build-in her own studies and thereby collect unique data for use in her PhD research.
Impact None yet (collaboration just started in February 2016).
Start Year 2016
 
Description University of Michigan research exchanges 
Organisation University of Michigan
Country United States 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution We send our PhD Survey Methodology students on one-semester research visits to UMich, during which they engage in and contribute to all aspects of the scientific community at SRC.
Collaborator Contribution UMich host one-semester visits from our PhD students and have sent senior researchers on short research visits to Essex.
Impact Two co-authored journal papers and one co-authored book chapter; ongoing research collaborations; improved research skills of our students; offers to examine theses and to review articles; general networking
Start Year 2013
 
Description Vitamin D and T2D - Multi-ethnic Mendelian Randomization Study 
Organisation University of Oklahoma
Department Health Sciences Centre
Country United States 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Analysis submitted from the genetic and main survey data.
Collaborator Contribution Provided analysis plan for all involved. Wrote the manuscript to be submitted.
Impact Journal article written and ready for submission.
Start Year 2017
 
Description Wealth and debt over the recession 
Organisation Social Market Foundation
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Joint research where Understanding Society undertook the data analysis........
Collaborator Contribution ......and SMF undertook other aspects of the research including writing the report.
Impact A report called 'Wealth in downturn: winners and losers' was launched in March 2015. This was targeted at key audiences both online and through a joint event organised between Understanding Society, SMF and the British Academy. A diverse audience of government departments, think tanks, academics, charities and business organisations participated at the event, including speakers from Barclays Bank and the Money Advice Service.
Start Year 2014
 
Description Wealth in the downturn: Winners and losers 
Organisation Social Market Foundation
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Research & analysis.
Collaborator Contribution Writing.
Impact Policy report (multi disciplinary- economics and social policy).
Start Year 2014
 
Description student training in a non-academic setting 
Organisation GfK NOP
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution The students sent for their practicum with the organization share their theoretical knowledge learned during the lectures.
Collaborator Contribution The organization provides training for students during their practicum placement.
Impact student presentation
Start Year 2012
 
Description student training in a non-academic setting 
Organisation TNS BMRB
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution The students sent for their practicum with the organization share their theoretical knowledge learned during lectures.
Collaborator Contribution The organization has kindly provided possibility for students to shadow an interviewer and attend an interviewer training. Furthermore the organization provides further training for students during their practicum placement.
Impact student presentation
Start Year 2014
 
Description student training in a non-academic setting 
Organisation Wellcome Trust
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution A student sent for her practicum with the organization shared her theoretical knowledge learned during the lectures.
Collaborator Contribution The organization provided training for the student during her practicum placement.
Impact student presentation
Start Year 2013
 
Description student training in non-academic setting 
Organisation Ipsos MORI
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution The students sent for their practicum with the organization share their theoretical knowledge learned during the lectures.
Collaborator Contribution The organization provides training for students during their practicum placement.
Impact student presentation
Start Year 2012
 
Description student training in non-academic setting 
Organisation National Centre for Social Research
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The students sent for their practicum with the organization share their theoretical knowledge learned during the lectures.
Collaborator Contribution The organization has kindly provided possibility for students to shadow an interviewer and attend an interviewer training. Furthermore the organization provides training and supervision for students during their practicum placement.
Impact student course presentation
Start Year 2011
 
Title Stata software: bicop 
Description A new command, called BICOP, written for the statistical package Stata. The command allows the user to fit a model consisting of a pair of ordinal regressions with a flexible residual distribution, with each marginal distribution specified as a two-part normal mixture, and stochastic dependence governed by a choice of copula functions. 
Type Of Technology Software 
Year Produced 2015 
Impact The code is described in an Understanding Society Working Paper. It is being made freely available to potential users. We have had 8 requests so far. A revised version of the working paper describing the command and an application to Understanding Society data has been accepted for publication in the Stata Journal, and we expect its use to grow considerably when that article appears. 
URL https://www.understandingsociety.ac.uk/research/publications/working-paper/understanding-society/201...
 
Description "Improving the measurement of household finances" workshop, to launch the start of ESRC TR grant ES/N006534/1 
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 worskhop was organised to mark the start of the ESRC TR grant ES/N006534/1 "Understanding household finance through better measurement" and to engage with stakeholders.

The workshop included presentations by international researchers, presentations by our project team on the plans for our research, comments from discussants and general discussion.

Participants included survey practitioners and researchers engaged in the collection and/or analysis of data about household finances, inlcuding representatives from the Department for Work and Pensions, the Office for National Statistics, the Financial Conduct Authority, TNS BMRB, the European Central Bank, the Central Bank of Spain, the Dutch Central Bank, Eurostat, the Institute for Fiscal Studies, the University of Kentucky, University of Southern California, University of Munich, and the University of Essex.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description "Understanding Society": A Unique Data Source for Studying Environmental Attitudes and Behaviour 
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 Invite presentation

N/A
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL https://www.iser.essex.ac.uk/2014/06/30/new-findings-from-our-study-of-uk-environmental-behaviours-a...
 
Description 'HEALTHY & UNHEALTHY CONNECTIONS' article published in ESRC report Britain in 2016 
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 An article outlining why biomarker data are important for soical science research, and illustrating with Understanding Society examples.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.esrc.ac.uk/news-events-and-publications/publications/magazines-and-newsletters/britain-in...
 
Description 13th Conference of the European Sociological Association, Athens, Greece, August 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Research findings were presented to an academic audience of sociologists. There were questions and discussions during and after the presentation. The conference was attended by over 500 people, but this specific session was attended by less than 10 people.This also helped in increasing the awareness of Understanding Society survey data and its usefulness for social science research.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://esa13thconference.eu/
 
Description 2017 Annual Meeting of the Population Association of America, Chicago, USA 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This was a poster presentation which was attended conference participants who asked questions about the research and its findings. The conference itself was attended by over 1000 people from across the world. It is difficult to say how many people saw the poster so we have provided an estimate of the number of people this activity reached (51-100). This also helped in increasing the awareness of Understanding Society survey data and its usefulness for social science research.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.populationassociation.org/2017-annual-meeting-chicago-il/
 
Description 29th Annual Conference of EALE, St. Gallen, Switzerland, September 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Research findings were presented to an academic audience of social scientists, primarily economists. There were questions and discussions during and after the presentation. The conference was attended by over 500 people, but this specific session was attended by 20-30 people. This also helped in increasing the awareness of Understanding Society survey data and its usefulness for social science research.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.eale.nl/impression-of-eale-2017-switzerland-st-gallen/
 
Description 30th Annual meeting of the British Society for Population Studies, Winchester, September 2016 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presentation at this academic conference attended by social scientists and analysts from some third sector organisations. The specific session where this paper was presented was attended by around 20-30 people. This also helped in increasing the awareness of Understanding Society survey data and its usefulness for social science research.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.lse.ac.uk/socialPolicy/Researchcentresandgroups/BSPS/annualConference/2016-Conference-Win...
 
Description 31st Annual Conference of the European Society of Population Economics, Glasgow, June 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This was attended by social scientists from across the world. The conference overall was attended by over 500 people. There were various questions and discussion during and following the presentation which was attended by around 20-30 people. This also helped in increasing the awareness of Understanding Society survey data and its usefulness for social science research.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.sbs.strath.ac.uk/espe2017/
 
Description Advice on starting a longitudinal survey in India 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact India has a long history of running cross-sectional surveys. I was invited to advice the government department running this major surveys on the practical issues of running a longitudinal survey.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Advice to Cancer Reserach UK on changes in their data collection methods to measure cancer awareness in the GB population 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact I was invited to advise Cancer Reserach UK on analyses of data they have collected, to examine the implications of changing their survey from a face-to-face survey to an online survey. As a result of the discussion they are reviewing their analysis plans and also their criteria for deciding which data collection model to choose in future.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Advice to EU-FRS 
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 Advice given to the EU Fundamental Rights Agency regarding survey design issues in the context of a new international data collection exercise known as the EU Fundamental Rights Survey.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://fra.europa.eu/en/project/2015/fundamental-rights-survey
 
Description Advice to Food Standards Agency 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Advice given to Food Standards Agency on the potential for survey research to help them meet their strategic remit, and on the most suitable survey methods to employ.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Advising producers of BBC programme "Crossing Divides" 
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 Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Provided expert view on the avaialability of information on the heterogeneity of social networks in Understanding Society, and how the information may be exploited for an interactive planned to take place during the BBC's "Crossing Divides". The official launch of the series of programmes is on 27th February 2019.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018,2019
 
Description Advisory Group Meeting - Poverty across ethnic groups through recession and austerity 
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 Advisory Group Meeting, JRF - Gave a presentation on analysis from: Poverty across ethnic groups through recession and austerity

n/a
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description An article in Discover Society 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact I wrote a short article of around 1500 words for the Discover Society (https://discoversociety.org/) in response to the government's Integrated Communities Strategy Paper 2018. As is explained on its website "Discover Society is published by Social Research Publications, a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee for the publication of social research, policy analysis and commentary."
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://discoversociety.org/2018/05/01/ethnicity-and-integration/
 
Description Article in "Research Matters": Standardised survey design: are we missing a trick? 
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 in March 2016 "Research Matters", the membership magazine of the (UK) Social Research Association (SRA). The SRA has around 400 members, plus some institutional members and subscribing libraries. The article sparked some debate by email and this resulted in an invitation to present on this topic at the SRA annual conference in December 2016.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://the-sra.org.uk/whats-new/research-matters/
 
Description Article in professional 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 "Standardised survey design: are we missing a trick?" - article in "Research Matters", the quarterly magazine of the Social Research Association. The SRA is a professional association with over 800 members across government, the private sector and the third sector.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://the-sra.org.uk/whats-new/research-matters/
 
Description Article on "Innovations in measuring household finances" in the NCRM MethodsNews 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 Newsletter article to diseminate current research in a way that is accessible to a general audience
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.ncrm.ac.uk/news/show.php?article=5523
 
Description Article on sharing of health data (Guardian) 
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 invited by the Guardian, commenting on the pros and cons of data sharing. My purpose was to raise awareness of the benefits and the extent to which these can outweigh the risks. The article provoked debate of the intended kind.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
URL http://www.theguardian.com/public-leaders-network/blog/2013/apr/16/share-patient-data-improve-health
 
Description Article written for the Conversation 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact We wrote an article in the Conversation, based on the research conducted as part of the project, specifically, about the prevalence of ethnic and racial harassment and its impact on mental health. The title was "How ethnic and racial harassment damages mental health"
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://theconversation.com/how-ethnic-and-racial-harassment-damages-mental-health-73076
 
Description Ask a Silly Question and Get a Silly Answer? An Experimental Analysis of the Impact of Survey Design on Measures and Models of Subjective Wellbeing 
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 ?

N/A
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL https://www.aeaweb.org/aea/2014conference/program/preliminary.php?search_string=Holford&search_type=...
 
Description Attendance at Government Equalities Office workshop 'Do family friendly policies work to reduce the gender pay gap?' (6 June 2018), Charlotte Hamilton 
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 The Government Equalities Office hosted a workshop on the imapct of family friendly policies on the gender pay gap. This was to engage the research community in a discussion of current evidence (for informing policy) and future streams of work by the Government Equalities Office in relation to the gender pay gap.

As a representative of Understanding Society, I answered questions about the suitability of the data for answering research questions on the gender pay gap and family friendly policies.

This is one of a series of workshops that will run over the coming year or so.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Attendance at workshop 'Understanding the causes of homelessness & rough sleeping workshop', organised by MHCLG and DWP (Hamilton, 20 Feb 2018) 
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 Academics, third sector organisations and civil servants with an interest in homelessness were invited to a workshop 'Understanding the causes of homelessness and rough sleeping' jointly organised by MHCLG and DWP on 20th February 2018. The aim of the workshop was to explore the issues related to the feasibility of developing a model of homelessness and rough sleeping for policy development. A representative from Understanding Society (Hamilton) was invited to contribute to discussions in respect to data availability and possibilities for data linkage for the Study. The worshop was intended to inform the commissioning of research into the feasibility/development of the model.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Attended and actively participated in Wellbeing Economics All-Party Parliamentary Group on Children's Wellbeing 
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 Attended the Wellbeing Economics All-Party Parliamentary Group meeting on children's wellbeing. During the roundtable discussion, there was an opportunity for the audience to comment and I highlighted the benefits of having a large longitudinal sample of children aged 10-15 interviewed in the Understanding Society study and advocated further investments in this, and/or in cross-nationally comparative longitudinal research on children's wellbeing (instead of an alternative suggestion to fund a new children's wellbeing study through an organisation that has a history of not making their data collections available to a wider research community).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description BBC London interivew on adolsecent social media use and well-being 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Live in-studio interview with BBC London News on research on social media use and well-being in adolescence. An SSC policy piece used this research and came up with some controversial conclusions which sparked media interest.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description BBC Radio interviews 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Conducted radio interviews with several BBC radio station to discuss research on social media use and well-being among adolescents. Interest was sparked based on a discussion paper written by the Strategic Society Centre.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description BBC local radio South Asian shows before and after the general election 
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 Public/other audiences
Results and Impact I appeared on Sunday afternoon BBC local radio shows in May and June discussing South Asian voters.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017,2018
 
Description Biomarker Launch 
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 To mark the first release of biomarker and genetics data on Wednesday 10th December, Understanding Society is hosting an event at The Royal Society for Public Health in London
For the first time, Understanding Society will release results from a wide range of blood analytes for over 13,000 people. In addition, the results from a genome-wide scan of 10,000 respondents who took part in a nurse health assessment will also be available. Both these new elements added to Understanding Society's existing social and economic data will combine to provide very rich research opportunities.

Aimed at social scientists who are interested to find out how to use the data in their research.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL https://www.understandingsociety.ac.uk/2014/11/10/social-scientists-biomarkers
 
Description Brazil / Eurosocial visit to ISER for advice on establishing longitudinal study 
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 Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Brazil is developing, for the Brazil without Misery Plan (http://www.brasilsemmiseria.gov.br/) a longitudinal study of families under poverty. In this context, we are especially interested in visiting the UK Household Longitudinal Study, "Understanding Society". The Brazilian officers that will be visiting are technicians from the Office of Assessment and Information Management (Secretaria de Avaliação e Gestão da Informação, SAGI), and they will be joined by one Brazilian expert and one European expert along with representatives of EUROsociAL II. Our main interest is to get to know the questionnaire design, the sampling, data analysis and approach to families in situation of poverty or vulnerability.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Brexit research event in London 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The event was held to communicate and discuss the body of research that came out of the Understanding Society Brexit competition, where researchers gained access to early data on Brexit from the study. I presented a summary of the findings from 18 papers that came from the project. This was followed by a panel discussion involving Catherine de Vries (University of Essex), John Curtice (University of Strathclyde), and Jill Rutter (Institute for Government). It was charged by Paul Whiteley (University of Essex).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.psa.ac.uk/events/understanding-brexit-latest-research-eu-referendum
 
Description Brexit research programme - academic workshop 28 June 2017 
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 Meeting of project groups working with the UKHLS EU Referendum data - awareness raising about the data and the different research projects. Increased understanding of data and data use.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Brexit research programme: external event 7th December 2017 
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 Event to promote the findings from the Brexit research programme using UKHLS data on the EU Referendum. Increased understanding of data and data use.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Business in the Community 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact The presentation was to senior staff at Business in the Community - The Prince's Responsible Business Network. This is a business-led membership organisation made up of progressive businesses of all sizes who aim to foster prosperity of business and society together. The presentation was on how to use Understanding Society, combining an introduction on using Understanding Society data and how to access research publications emerging from the Study. An important part was exploring ideas for collaboration or partnership development. As a result participants were well informed about the application of Understanding Society and options for joint working.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.bitc.org.uk/
 
Description CLOSER 
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 (UCL Institute of Education, University College London) has published a news story regarding Dr Davillas' research on the concordance of health states within couples. This news story has been read extensively and has sparked discussions regarding the need for a re-orientation of public health policy and the underlying research towards a family-centred focus.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.closer.ac.uk/news-opinion/news/partners-health-inequalities/
 
Description CLOSER Conference (London) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Presentation at CLOSER conference with discussion on future research.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.closer.ac.uk/event/conference2015/
 
Description CLOSER new technologies workshop (non-health) 
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 Capacity-building event and raising awareness of our methods research. Increased understanding of data and data use.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description CLOSER/ScotCen workshop with the Scottish government 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact The purpose of this event was to introduce longitudinal studies and the value they can add to government activity, and to promote CLOSER resources that can support users of longitudinal data. This workshop was aimed at civil servants - government analysts, statisticians, others working in areas covered by evidence presented. As part of the demonstration of the CLOSER Discovery Platform (and Learning Hub), a search engine that enables researchers to explore the content of eight leading UK longitudinal studies, Understanding Society provided an overview and selective research findings. The audience acquired an awareness of how to efficiently access a range of longitudinal data resources. The presentations were well received and as a result of the event the audience also received information about Understanding Society's Direct Access Service for Scottish Government officials. The result was engagement with around 80 civil servants working across a range of policy areas.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description CLOSER: new technologies and health behaviours 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 Invitation-only workshop organised by collaborators in Bristol - capacity building and raising awareness of our methods research. Increased understanding of data and data use.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description CONSENT TO DATA LINKAGE: A FOCUS ON THE INTERVIEWER RESPONDENT INTERACTION 
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 The research examines the behaviours displayed by interviewers and respondents while administering and answering a question asking for consent to DWP record linkage on the UK Innovation Panel. How do the behaviours contribute to whether or not respondents consent?


N/A
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity
URL http://www.isa-sociology.org/congress2014/
 
Description Calls and emails with Vidya Ram 
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 Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Repeated discussions and figures for a journalist Vidya Ram who writes often about ethnic minority voters. Here are two pieces in which I am quoted directly or my research is referenced. http://www.thehindu.com/opinion/op-ed/wooing-the-indian-vote/article18578490.ece and http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-international/will-indian-origin-voters-remain-with-labour/article18235467.ece
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Cardiovascular health and health behaviours - evidence from the Understanding Society study on untreated hypertension 
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 Poster session

N/A
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL http://www.kcl.ac.uk/innovation/groups/heron/news/conference2014.aspx
 
Description Centre for Better Ageing 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact The Centre for Better Ageing is one of the What Works Centres established by the Government in partnership with other agencies. The presentation sparked an interest in using Understanding Society data for ageing related research as well as using relevant research findings to inform key strands of their work. In particular they hope to use Understanding Society/BHPS for research on volunteering in older age.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Centrepoint 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Centre points champions the needs of young people at risk of homelessness and provides services to young people. This presentation and discussion involved the design of the Study and the kind of data on benefits, young people, family strains, etc. The charity is particularly keen to examine the impact of recent welfare cuts on young people. As a result of this presentation Centre point submitted a proposal to the Understanding Society Research Voucher Scheme.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Closed door discussion with HILDA team at MI 12 September 
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 Providing methodological advise to HILDA team
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Closed door discussion with selective members at MCRI - 11 September 2017 
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 Sharing of good practice in collecting BIomarker Data
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description DWP. Expert roundtable on employer engagement at older ages 
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 Invitation to expert panel to discuss how to boost employer side policies to boost employment at older ages. In the morning there was an range of presentations and in the afternoon an expert roundtable to discuss what research findings suggested.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description DWP. Presented research on low income dynamics to civil servants. (@ Caxton House) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Present findings from research which analysed low income (poverty) dynamics to civil servants in the state pensions and ageing team in London. Presentation lasted 30 minutes and then time for Q&A.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Department for Communities and Local Government 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact This presentation to the Ministerial Private Office manages a whole range of policy issues relevant to the Department. The presentation sought to explain the unique properties of a longituidinal panel study, particuarly on immigration and ethnic minorty related issues. The presentation was well received and sparked an interest in how Ministerial advice could utilise the emerging evidence from the study.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Department for social security Australia - 6 september 2017 
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 Presentation to DSS Canberra Australia on examples of the use of longitudinal data in welfare policy in the UK
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Department of Health in Canberra - 6 September 2017 
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 Presentation and discussion to department of health Australia on the role of biomarkers in policy research.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Developing methodology for the collection of health and biomarker data in social surveys (Health IP workshop), November 2017 
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 with interested parties top promote the Health Innovation Panel to be run in 2019. Increased understanding of data and data use.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Discussion with Ipsos (France) about household sampling methods 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact I discussed my ideas with managers from Ipsos France (10 March 2016, in Paris) about how they could improve their methods for selecting persons/households based on samples of addresses for social surveys. They were impressed with the ideas and said that they would discuss them with colleagues with a view to possible implementation.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Discussion with ONS 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Discussion with analysis professionals at the Office for National Statistics in January and February 2017 about the best way to construct estimates for the ONS annual publication on wellbeing indicators.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/personalandhouseholdfinances/incomeandwealth/bul...
 
Description Discussion with South African visitors 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Meeting (11-07-2016) with representatives from Statistics South Africa and Department for Home and Health to discuss survey design and implementation issues.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Distribution and dynamics of citizens' environmental attitudes, behaviours and actions 
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 Invited presentation



N/A
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL http://www.ncrm.ac.uk/RMF2014/home.php
 
Description Driving social change: how can a longitudinal perspective help the third sector? Launch of Research Voucher Scheme 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact Understanding Society will be launching its new research voucher scheme at an event which discusses how third sector organisations can enhance their research, policy and campaigning through a longitudinal perspective.

The roundtable event aimed exclusively at third sector organisations will see the launch of the new scheme which will offer charities up to £5,000 for high quality research projects that use the study's rich social, economic, health and household data.

Hosted in partnership with The Alliance for Useful Evidence, the event will be held on 18th July 2016 at Nesta, London between 4pm- 6.30pm.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL https://www.understandingsociety.ac.uk/2016/06/02/driving-social-change
 
Description ESRA Conference presentation (Reykjavik) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presentation at a mixed-audience conference on "Assessing targeted initial letters: effects in different modes on response rates, response speed and sample composition." Generated a lot of interest and discussion. Audience around 60 people.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.europeansurveyresearch.org/conference
 
Description Economics of Obesity Special Interest Group -iHEA 
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 Dr Davillas has served as a founder member of the Economics of Obesity Special Interest Group (EOSIG) within the iHEA.
He has been successfully involved in a number of activities within the EOSIG:
a) Enhance understanding of the prevention and treatment of obesity from an economics perspective;
b) Connect economists working in obesity across the world;
c) Share knowledge and provide support through the creation of a community of health economists specialized at the Economics of Obesity working together;
d) Provide input to policy development at an international level.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2008,2017
URL https://www.healtheconomics.org/page/EOSIGMembers
 
Description Education Datalab 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact Education Datalab brings together a group of expert researchers who turn curiosity about education into quantitative analysis. They produce independent, cutting-edge research that can be used by policy makers to inform education policy, and by schools to improve practice. The presentation sparked an interest in Understanding Society and in particular how to utlise the linked National Pupil Database (for England).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Education for all - looking beyond the classroom (Launch of Insights 2016 publication) 
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 Understanding Society hosted a topical debate which discussed the latest issues facing education and skills. With widely differing life chances amongst young people and growing pressure to tackle the social mobility crises across major parts of the country, the role of education and skills has never been more critical. But educational outcomes remain stubbornly unequal.

This policy event by Understanding Society, the UK Household Longitudinal Study, looked beyond the classroom at the wider factors affecting attainment and outcomes - recognising that education needs to both drive and respond to societal changes. This event examined wider factors such as selective education, the changing journey from education to work, growing migration and the effects of technology on learning.

Leading experts and practitioners debated new evidence from Understanding Society and considered how the establishment of a single Department for Education, providing an end to end view of education and skills, presents opportunities for fresh thinking. The event will be supporting the ESRC's Festival of Social Science.

Who is the event for?

The event is aimed at schools, colleges, policy makers, local authorities, employer and skills bodies, youth and family charities, student organisations, universities and think tanks. With the new Government keen to purse major social reforms, this event promoted a cross-sectoral conversation - between policy makers, practitioners and researchers and across the education and skills sector.

Launch of Insights 2016

The event also saw the launch of the Insights 2016 report. This annual publication highlights policy relevant findings emerging from research that uses Understanding Society's rich data and offers commentary from policy thinkers. This year the publication profiles research by a wide range of social scientists covering education, health and employment and families. It also explores how Understanding Society's large UK wide sample is better supporting policy research and evaluation in the context of devolution.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL https://www.understandingsociety.ac.uk/events/2016/11/10/education-for-all-looking-beyond-the-classr...
 
Description Effects of showcards on responses in face-to-face surveys 
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 was presented at a methodological session at the Understanding Society Conference.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL https://www.understandingsociety.ac.uk/scientific-conference-2015
 
Description Email exchange with Major of one of Germany's largest cities about benefits of longitudinal data collection and analysis 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Email and Skype conversation with deputy major of the City of Leipzig following the discussion of my Understanding Society-based longitudinal research on children's wellbeing in The Economist. The City maintains their own community study and we discussed the pros and cons of turning the study into a panel.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017,2018
 
Description Engagement of the financial services sector 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact The purpose was to identify the nature of interest that the financial services sector could have in Understanding Society. The event involved UK's main trade associations such as Association of British Insurers, Council of Mortgage Lenders, British Bankers Association, etc. who have a strong policy interest, as well as individual institutions who are interested in the circumstances and behaviours of particular audiences. Besides stimulating a valuable discussion about the merits or limitations of Understanding Society to meet the needs of those attending, a discussion paper emerging from the event was circulated to the participants offering ideas for the way forward. Individual organisations requested more detailed presentations on Understanding Society for their staff members.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Engagement work with Astham UK 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Raise awareness and increased use of Understanding Society. As a result Asthma UK is now much more aware of how to use the study including its health component whcih includes asthma in its health measures. Asthma UK have appoint their first in-house analyst and expressed interest in using the study.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Engagement work with Barclays Bank 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Raise awareness and increase use of Understanding Society. Following a financial services roundtable, Barclays Bank's Behavioural Unit invited Understanding Society to talk to their research and development and customer insights teams. Lorna Fox O'Mahony, Professor of Law and Executive Dean of Humanities at the University of Essex also presented at the event. As a result of the presentation, the Bank is more knowledgeable about the potential applications of Understanding Society. A relationship has been built up with the Behavioural Unit who have since contributed to a policy event and joined the Foresight Steering Group. Data linkage with the Bank's customer records, an area of interest, would not be feasible.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Engagement work with Department for Transport 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Raise awareness and encourage use of Understanding Society and how to access the data, present case studies of findings relevant to the Department for Transport and respond to specific queries. Department keen to understand how transport behaviour changes over the life course and how such changes provide an opportunity to influence behaviour. They are also looking to partner a SDAI bid with University of West of England and University of Essex.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
 
Description Engagement work with Full Fact 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Raise awareness and increase use of Understanding Society. As a result the organisation is more knowledgeable about how to apply Understanding Society to their work. Their response time is very rapid and often focuses on (descriptive) statistics. Understanding Society is therefore less likely to be relevant for these tasks but they also also periodically produce policy briefings, e.g. around election times, where the use of Understanding Society data and evidence will be more appropriate.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Engagement work with Mcmillan Cancer Relief 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Raise awareness and increase use of Understanding Society. As a result McMillan have acquired greater knowledge about the study and its health components. The charity is undertaking a strategic review of the impact of cancer on people and the cost effectiveness cancer related services. They are interested in exploring the use of Understanding Society in relation to the former - to examine how cancer affects the social and economic circumstances of people (subject to sample sizes). They also coordinate the Richmond Group of Charities interested in the 'prevention agenda'.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Engagement work with Prudential 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Raise awareness and increase use of Understanding Society. As a result of the financial services roundtable, Prudential invited Understanding Society to meet its staff working in public affairs and customer insights. They has since collaborated with Understanding Society and the Strategic Society Centre on policy events and commissioned research, using Understanding Society and polling data, on the changing nature of intergenerational support. The research was undertaken by the Social Market Foundation.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL http://www.smf.co.uk/publications/longer-lives-stronger-families-the-changing-nature-of-intergenerat...
 
Description Engagement work with Stroke UK 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Raise awareness and increase use of Understanding Society. As a result Stroke UK have a better understanding of the study and its health components.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Engagement work with The Kings Fund 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Raise awareness and increase use of Understanding Society. As a result of the presentation, the organisation has greater knowledge of content and how to use Understanding Society. They have limited analytical capacity but more scope to work in collaboration and are particularly interested in public health, tackling health inequalities and place strategies. Their Senior Fellow for Public Health and Inequality has written a policy commentary for Insights 2015 and Understanding Society is exploring the possibility of undertaking a joint research project with the Kings Fund.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Engagement work with The Work Foundation, a think tank focused on improving the experience of work and operation of the labour market 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Raise awareness and increase use of Understanding Society. Identified pptential areas of use including jobs, skills and the labour market, young peoples experience of the labour market and health and wellbeing, including how health and employment interact. Will be attending Understanding Society policy events.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
 
Description Engagement work with What Works Centres: Early Intervention Foundation & College of Policing (and Education Endowment Foundation) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Raise awareness and encourage use of Understanding Society. Identified potential areas of interest. The opportunities are greater for Early Intervention Foundation and to a lesser extent Education Endowment Foundation, and whilst the study has no crime data, the College of Policing is interested in how risky behaviours of young people are changing.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
 
Description Engagement work with the Bank of England 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Raise awareness and increase use of Understanding Society. The bank is interested in the data, particularly on household financial circumstances and behaviour. Also interested in mixed mode survey methods to inform the design of their own household survey. Evidence from the study may be potentially useful for feeding into Bank of England economic reports.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
 
Description Engagement work with the British Heart Foundation 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Raise awareness and increse use of Understanding Society. As a result the British Health Foundation are now much more equipped to use Understanding Society. They have been subsequently engaged in an SDAI bid by ISER which has been successful.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Engagement work with the Department of Health and Public Health England 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Raise awareness and use of Understanding Society. As a result Department of Health and Public Health England staff have acquired better knowledge of Understanding Society data and how to access emerging evidence. There has been a substantial increase in staff taking part in Understanding Society events, e.g. at the Scientific Conference and Public Health England are using the data to model the prevalence of youth smoking at a local level to help local decision makers. More recently, the Department of Health has expressed interest in developing a joint demonstration project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Engagement work with the Greater London Authority (GLA) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Raise awareness and increase use of Understanding Society. Explored potential uses of the data which were seen as wideranging. Particularly applications include examining the effects of the Olympics in London (underway), researching cultural provision in Capital and how ineuality is changing.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
 
Description Engagement work with the Home Office 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Raise awareness and increase use of Understanding Society. As a result of the event, analysts at the Home Office are more knowledgeable about the application of Understanding Society to their areas of policy interest. A number of areas of interest were explored and identified, in particularly immigration and risky behaviour of young people.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Engagement work with the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Raise awareness and increase use of Understanding Society. Very interested in using the data, particularly its larger sample size and ethnicity data which would enable closer examination of poverty issues. Subsequently were a partner on policy event on the economic impact of the recession on BAME groups and commissioned £150k worth of research inviting researchers to look at issues of poverty and ethnicity. The research has sparked wide ranging interest, with presentations made to a range of audiences including::
The Department for Work and Pensions' Ethnic Minority Advisory Group
Race for Opportunity's Employer Champions
The Child Poverty Unit
The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills
Equality and Diversity Forum (a national network of equality and human rights organisations)
Scottish Government and Committee of MSPs
Northern Ireland Government and Committee of MLAs
Wales Race Forum (chaired by the Minister for Communities and Tackling Poverty)
A number of local authorities have also continued to engage with JRF on this programme.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
URL https://www.jrf.org.uk/report/tackling-poverty-across-all-ethnicities-uk
 
Description Engagement work with the Reform think tank 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Raise awareness and increase use of Understanding Society. Whilst there could be longterm interest in the study, their current focus is on open data and how many more organisations can access and use data. Will explore using Understanding Society as an exemplar case study.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
 
Description Engagement work with the Resolution Foundation, a think tank focusing on low and middle income earners 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Raise awareness and increase use of Understanding Society. They have developed an economic model to track the impact of social and economic factors on their audiences. This currently uses data from other studies, and whilst keen to use Understanding Society data in one-off projects, they would need to carefully consider the case for substituting their current data sources which provide the benefit of continuity.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
 
Description Engagement work with the Social Market Foundation 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Raise awareness and use of Understanding Society. Explored how the data could be used in policy projects. This resulted in the think tank producing their first report on the effects of the recession on middle income households called 'Riders on the Storm: Britain's middle income households since 2007 (2014)'. This was followed by a collaboration with the Understanding Society Policy Unit on research examining how wealth and debt had changes as a result of the recession. A policy report entitled 'Wealth in the Downturn: Winners and Losers' (2015) which was launched at the British Academy through this collaboration. The research utilised the BHPS and UKHLS data.

The think tank is now a major user of Understanding Society/BHPS data and recent policy reports include:
Working Well: How employers can improve the well-being and productivity of their workforce (2016)
Longer Lives, Stronger Families? - the changing nature of intergenerational support (2016)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
URL http://www.smf.co.uk/publications/wealth-in-the-downturn-winners-and-losers/
 
Description Engagement work with the Sutton Trust 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Raise awareness, encourage use of Understanding Society and respond to specific queries. The organisation secured a better understanding of the content, its longitudinal design and education data linkage plans for the study.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
 
Description Engagement work with the Young Foundation 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Raise awareness and increase use of Understanding Society. The Young Foundation use social innovation to tackle the root causes of inequality and poverty focusing on health and well-being, gender, youth & education, places and social investment. They expressed an interest in prevention and early intervention and finding out more about associated studies.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Engagement work with the consumer organisation Which? 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Raise awareness and increase use of Understanding Society. Particularly interested in the implications of social and economic changes for services such as utilities, public services, financial services, etc. including how consumer behaviour overall might be changing in the long-term. They have started using the data in one project which examined sleep patterns and the implications bed and mattress manufacturers.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
 
Description Epigenetic Data Launch 27 April 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Introducing understanding society biomarker data to leading experts in a new field of the study of epigenetics. Increased understanding of data and data use.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Ethnic minority voters & the British political system public event 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Presentations were arranged from 3 academics, including myself. I presented research based on Understanding Society, showing that there has not been a realignment of voting preferences among ethnic minority voters. A panel discussion took place afterward between Omar Khan (Director of Runnymede), Binita Mehta-Parmar, Director of Modern Britain and Conservative party politician, Shahrar Ali, former Deputy Leader of the Green Party and Zrinka Bralo, Chief Executive, Migrants Organise. The event was chaired by Tom Clark, editor of Prospect magazine.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/ethnic-minorities-and-the-british-political-system-new-research-on-en...
 
Description Expert presentation for National Academy of Sciences Standing Committee on the Future of NSF-Supported Social Science Surveys 
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 Presentation on the advantages and disadvantes of the Understanding Society Innovation Panel. To inform the committee's decision about whether to propose funding for a similar Innovation Panel in the United States.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://sites.nationalacademies.org/DBASSE/CNSTAT/DBASSE_168280
 
Description Exploring role of interviewers in collecting survey respondents' consent to link survey data to administrative records 
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 ?

N/A
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL http://surveysandmanagement.wordpress.com/2013/09/02/2014-panel-survey-methodology-workshop-ann-arbo...
 
Description Family Formation and Change Workshop 
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 Presented and discussed current data opportunities for researching families. Workshop held at the British Academy with a diverse audience including representatives from a variety of Government Depts., think tanks, charities, PhD students, academic researchers, independent researchers
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Festival of Social Science 
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 Our Festival of Social Science offers a fascinating insight into some of the country's leading social science research and how it influences our social, economic and political lives - both now and in the future.

You may be surprised at just how relevant the Festival's events are to society today. Social science research makes a difference. Discover how it shapes public policy and contributes to making the economy more competitive, as well as giving people a better understanding of 21st century society. From big ideas to the most detailed observations, social science affects us all everyday - at work, in school, when raising children, within our communities, and even at the national level.

Everyone - from schoolchildren to politicians - can take part in and hear about social science research in the Festival's many engaging events.

This celebration of the social sciences takes place across the UK - via public debates, conferences, workshops, interactive seminars, film screenings, virtual exhibitions and much more. 2016 will be the fourteenth year that ESRC will hold the Festival of Social Science and each year the Festival has gone from strength to strength.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.esrc.ac.uk/public-engagement/festival-of-social-science/
 
Description Financial Conduct Authority 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Presentation to the Financial Conduct Authority to raise awareness of Understanding Society data relevant to their functions
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Five (Favourite) Anti-Poverty Related Policies: Sexual Orientation 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact N/a
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Friends and family test (Guardian article) 
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 Online article invited by the Guardian and published online in their Healthcare Network. Objective was to stimulate debate about the fitness for purpose of new government regulation regarding the use within the NHS of the Friends and Family test. A lot of reaction was stimulated, partly witnessed by the online comments. The article also led to an invitation to speak at a conference and two invitations to research collaborations, as well as provoking further media interest.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
URL http://www.theguardian.com/healthcare-network/2013/apr/09/friends-family-test-unfit-for-purpose?CMP=...
 
Description From BHPS to UKHLS and Beyond 
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 Invite presentation

N/A
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description From Face-To-Face to Mixed-Modes: Lessons from Experiments on the UK Understanding Society Innovation Panel 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact AAPOR international conference

N/A
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL http://www.aapor.org/aapor_annual_conference.htm#.U7z9HLHwq80
 
Description Genetic Data in Understanding Society 
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 course introduced genetic terms relevant to social science, the genetic data available in Understanding Society and procedures to access these data, the structure of these data and provide worked examples of genetic analyses.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL https://www.understandingsociety.ac.uk/events/2015/11/06/Genetic%20Data%20in%20Understanding%20Socie...
 
Description Genetic Data in Understanding Society 
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 November 2015
This course will introduce genetic terms relevant to social science, the genetic data available in Understanding Society and procedures to access these data, the structure of these data and provide worked examples of genetic analyses.

In Wave 2 for the general population sample and wave 3 for the BHPS sample Understanding Society included a nurse visit. DNA was extracted from a blood sample that was collected from participants and genetic data from these samples have been deposited in the European-phenome archive.

This half day workshop will consist of an introductory presentation on basic genetics, followed by an overview of the genetic data in Understanding Society. This will be followed by an example of genetic analysis that participants will work on in the computer lab. The focus of the course is on understanding how the genetic data might be useful to social science analyses, introduction to the format of genetic data and how to prepare them for analyses, rather than on analysis methods.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL https://www.understandingsociety.ac.uk/events/2015/11/06/Genetic%20Data%20in%20Understanding%20Socie...
 
Description Glasgow seminar 2 February 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presentation to introduce biomarker and genetic research in Understanding Society to MRC unit in Glasgow
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Government Equalities Office 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact The purpose was to raise awareness and increase the use of Understanding Society. The event included analysts and policy advisers from across the Government Equalities Office, but particularly those response for women and work policies. Two presentations were delivered and a range of possibilities for using Understanding Society data and evidence were explored. Topics of GEO interest included:
• Gender inequalities and work
• Low pay and gender
• Progression and career development
• Childcare availability and outcomes
• Parenting and attitudes to work
• Flexible working arrangements and gender
• Parental leave
• Gender norms, online abuse and advertising representations
The GEO are exploring the feasibility of developing an evidence seminar series for their department. In the short-term they are interested in research that helps to shed more light on low pay and progression amongst women and developing an evidence base on how gender norms are established or can be influenced. A key result was for the Policy Unit acquiring greater insight into the needs of the GEO, and being asked to provide guidance on the design of evidence seminars that could be organised. The policy interests identified on women's equality will inform the next edition of the Understanding Society Insights publication and policy events programme.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/government-equalities-office
 
Description Guardian article 
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 The Guardian has published an in-depth feature on Dr Davillas' (along with Benzeval and Kumari) research on biomarkers using UKHLS. This article has been shared with social media more than 450 times and has received more than 160 comments from general public. This article has sparked several discussions regarding the potential of biomarkers for social and economic research.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.theguardian.com/inequality/2017/oct/10/how-your-blood-may-predict-your-future-health-bio...
 
Description HILDA Keynote lecture 7 September 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Keynote lecture at HILDA conference on methodological innovations in household panel studies.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description HILDA Steering Group on 8 September 2017 
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 Advising Australian HILDA Household Panel on methodological issues
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Housing in Young Adulthood 
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 Young people's residential experiences and housing careers have changed dramatically in recent decades. New choices concerning education, work, family formation and lifestyles have combined with economic insecurity and problems of housing affordability to reduce young adults' home ownership and increase their reliance on private renting and the parental home. These trends have major implications for young people's everyday lives, as well as the future social and economic structure of British society. This workshop, hosted by Places for People and organised by Dr Rory Coulter and Dr Sait Bayrakdar from the University of Cambridge, brought together academics, policy professionals and expert stakeholders to (1) share the latest evidence about young adults' housing in Britain and (2) discuss the challenges these trends pose for housing policy and practice. Around 25 housing sector policy and professionals took part in the workshop, including Sian Berry, Housing Committee Chair, Greater London Authority Assembly. A report was circulated following the event for individual actors to following up specific ideas or issues, A persistent theme was the unclear causal relationship between family dynamics and changes in housing systems. This was identified as an area in need of much more research.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://ftht.sociology.cam.ac.uk/
 
Description How can education and skills work for the many? 
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 The blog sought to promote evidence on a range of education research, including the impact on income inequality in areas with and without grammar schools at a time when the Government was consulting on its Schools Green Paper. The findings received broad support. Professor Simon Burgess was subsequently asked by the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology to help with the preparation of an evidence note for Parliament.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL https://www.understandingsociety.ac.uk/2016/12/02/new-blog
 
Description How do web respondents react to dependent interviewing? 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact Current research disseminated, ideas discussed
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Impact of mode design on measurement errors and estimates of individual change 
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 Mixed modes are receiving increased interest from survey methodologists as a possible solution to saving costs while retaining high quality data. In recent years this interest has extended also to panel studies which are looking to save costs by including a cheaper mode for some of their respondents. The current presentation aims to tackle some of the issues linked to such a design. First, I aim to see if using a mixed mode design will increase systematic and random error compared to a single mode CAPI survey by applying equivalence testing in a Confirmatory Factor Analysis. Secondly, I aim to investigate if estimates of individual change are influenced by mode design by comparing latent growth models across the two designs. The first four waves of the Innovation Panel, part of Understanding Society (UKHLS), will be used for the analysis. The second wave of the data randomized respondents to either a single-mode CAPI design or to a CATI-CAPI sequential design. The SF12 health scale will be used to investigate both measurement equivalence and estimates of individual change.


N/A
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Impact of mode design on measurement errors and estimates of individual change 
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 Mixed modes (MM) are receiving increased interest as a possible solution for saving costs in panel surveys, although the lasting effects on data quality are unknown. To better understand the effects of MM on panel data I will examine its impact on random and systematic error and on estimates of change. The SF12, a health scale, in the Understanding Society Innovation Panel is used for the analysis. Results indicate that only one variable out of 12 has systematic differences due to MM. Also, three of the SF12 items overestimate variance of change in time in the MM design. I conclude that using a MM design leads to minor measurement differences but it can result in the overestimation of individual change compared to a single mode approach.


N/A
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Insight launch event 2015 
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 Understanding Society's fourth annual report presents a collection of research that depicts the changing lives of individuals and households in the UK.
Launched at a policy event in London, this year's report includes chapters on Housing, Health Behaviours and Young People's Wellbeing.

Insights 2015 highlights selected findings emerging from research that uses the study's rich data and offers commentary from leading policy thinkers.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL https://www.understandingsociety.ac.uk/research/insights-2015
 
Description Insights launch event 2014 
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 Understanding Society's latest findings report presents a collection of research that depicts the changing lives of individuals and households in the UK.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL https://www.understandingsociety.ac.uk/insights2014
 
Description Instrument Length and Co-operation at Subsequent Panel Waves 
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 Invite presentation

N/A
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL http://panelsurveymethods.wordpress.com/
 
Description Introduction to Understanding Society Using Stata 
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 March 2015
This course is aimed at new users of Understanding Society, as well as those who have so far only made use of simpler aspects of the data. It aims to guide the user through the complexities of using this data for cross-sectional and longitudinal analysis, and ensure that they can make effective use of the data for their own research projects.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL https://www.understandingsociety.ac.uk/documentation/training/stata
 
Description Introduction to Understanding Society Using Stata 
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 July 2015
This course is aimed at new users of Understanding Society, as well as those who have so far only made use of simpler aspects of the data. It aims to guide the user through the complexities of using this data for cross-sectional and longitudinal analysis, and ensure that they can make effective use of the data for their own research projects.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL https://www.understandingsociety.ac.uk/documentation/training/stata
 
Description Introduction to Understanding Society Using Stata 
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 November 2013
This course is aimed at new users of Understanding Society, as well as those who have so far only made use of simpler aspects of the data. It aims to guide the user through the complexities of using this data for cross-sectional and longitudinal analysis, and ensure that they can make effective use of the data for their own research projects.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
URL https://www.understandingsociety.ac.uk/documentation/training/stata
 
Description Introduction to Understanding Society Using Stata 
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 June 2014
This course is aimed at new users of Understanding Society, as well as those who have so far only made use of simpler aspects of the data. It aims to guide the user through the complexities of using this data for cross-sectional and longitudinal analysis, and ensure that they can make effective use of the data for their own research projects.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL https://www.understandingsociety.ac.uk/documentation/training/stata
 
Description Introduction to Understanding Society Using Stata 
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 November 2014
This course is aimed at new users of Understanding Society, as well as those who have so far only made use of simpler aspects of the data. It aims to guide the user through the complexities of using this data for cross-sectional and longitudinal analysis, and ensure that they can make effective use of the data for their own research projects.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL https://www.understandingsociety.ac.uk/documentation/training/stata
 
Description Introduction to Understanding Society Using Stata 
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 November 2015
This course is aimed at new users of Understanding Society, as well as those who have so far only made use of simpler aspects of the data. It aims to guide the user through the complexities of using this data for cross-sectional and longitudinal analysis, and ensure that they can make effective use of the data for their own research projects.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL https://www.understandingsociety.ac.uk/documentation/training/stata
 
Description Introduction to Understanding Society Using Stata 
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 May 2013
This course is aimed at new users of Understanding Society, as well as those who have so far only made use of simpler aspects of the data. It aims to guide the user through the complexities of using this data for cross-sectional and longitudinal analysis, and ensure that they can make effective use of the data for their own research projects
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
URL https://www.understandingsociety.ac.uk/documentation/training/stata
 
Description Introduction to Understanding Society using Stata (classroom - 14-15 April 2016) 
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 course is aimed at new users of Understanding Society, as well as those who have so far only made use of simpler aspects of the data. It aims to guide the user through the complexities of using this data for cross-sectional and longitudinal analysis, and ensure that they can make effective use of the data for their own research projects.

Course participants will learn about:

the way Understanding Society is designed
the Understanding Society sample design
which data are collected
how the data are collected
how the data are structured and stored
how to find variables using the interactive online documentation
how to access the data
how to prepare the data files for analysis using Stata
how to use weights for producing population estimates

Users will need a basic working knowledge of Stata. Without this basic knowledge of Stata the user will not be able to make optimal use of the course.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL https://www.understandingsociety.ac.uk/documentation/training/stata
 
Description Introduction to Understanding Society using Stata (classroom - 17-18 November 2016) 
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 course is aimed at new users of Understanding Society, as well as those who have so far only made use of simpler aspects of the data. It aims to guide the user through the complexities of using this data for cross-sectional and longitudinal analysis, and ensure that they can make effective use of the data for their own research projects.

Course participants will learn about:

the way Understanding Society is designed
the Understanding Society sample design
which data are collected
how the data are collected
how the data are structured and stored
how to find variables using the interactive online documentation
how to access the data
how to prepare the data files for analysis using Stata
how to use weights for producing population estimates

Users will need a basic working knowledge of Stata. Without this basic knowledge of Stata the user will not be able to make optimal use of the course.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL https://www.understandingsociety.ac.uk/documentation/training/stata
 
Description Introduction to Understanding Society using Stata - training course - April 2017 
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 Training course to build capacity for using UKHLS data. Increased understanding of data and data use.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Introduction to Understanding Society using Stata - training course - November 2017 
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 Usual introduction training course that is run two times a year - to introduce data users to the Study and help them with analysing the data. Increased understanding of data and data use.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Introduction to using Understanding Society's Innovation Panel with Stata 
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 November 2014
This workshop will consist of an introductory presentation about the Innovation Panel, followed by a series of examples that participants will work on in the computer lab. The focus of the course is on understanding which data are available and how to prepare them for analyses, rather than on analysis methods.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Invited Seminar (EVA, Copenhagen) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Seminar at the Danish Evaluation Institute (EVA) on the methodological issues associated with introducing online data collection for surveys. 18 particpants. The seminar disseminated knowledge which is not widespread in Denmark and stimulated a lot of discussion about how future evaluations could be designed.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.eva.dk
 
Description Invited talk - City, London 
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 Dr Davillas has been invited by the School of Health Sciences at City, University of London to give a talk regarding the potential of biomarker data for social science research. An audience of about 50 (undergraduate and postgraduate) students and academics is expected (December 2018).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Invited talk - U of Barcelona 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Dr Davillas has been invited by the Department of Economics, University of Barcelona to give a talk regarding the potential of biomarker data for social science research. An audience of about 40 (undergraduate and postgraduate) students, academics and (local government) health policymakers is expected to attend (November 2018).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2008,2018
 
Description Is there a Healthy Immigrant Effect for mental health in the UK? 
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 Background Evidence for a Healthy Immigrant Effect (HIE), whereby immigrants are in better health than the native-born population, has been found with respect to physical health in immigrants in the United Kingdom (UK) but has not been investigated for mental health. There is variation in mental health status across ethnic groups in the UK and the country's ethnic minority population includes UK-born people as well as first generation immigrants. This study examines whether there is a HIE for mental health of immigrants in the UK. It compares the overall immigrant population to the UK population and additionally compares immigrants and UK-natives within ethnic groups. Methods Cross-sectional study using data from the UK Household Longitudinal Study (2009-10) which oversamples some ethnic groups and has a sample of circa 46,000 adults aged 16+. Poor mental health outcomes are by a low score of SF-12 Mental Summary Component (MCS) and diagnosis of depression. Survey-weighted logistic regression models estimate the effect of migrant status and of length of residence (Years since migration). Interactions allow for differential effects by gender. Models adjust for age and socio-economic status (education, material deprivation index, housing tenure). Results (preliminary) Immigrants have lower odds of depression (OR 0.35, 95% CI 0.22-0.57) and of low MCS score (0.77, 0.62-0.94), compared to native born. For each year spent in the UK, immigrants have higher odds of poor mental health, compared to natives (depression: 1.03, 1.01-1.04; low MCS score 1.01, 1.00-1.02), meaning they lose their initial health advantage. Stratified models show similar patterns for immigrants among Caribbean men, black African, Pakistani/Bangladeshi and Indian, though not all statistically significant at 10% level. Conclusion Recent immigrants show better mental health than their UK-born counterparts, and this is partly also seen within ethnic groups. With increasing time since migration, the health advantage decreases. Conflicts: none


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Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Issues of coverage, sampling and participation in mixed mode surveys 
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 Invited presentation. A video of the presentation is online at http://www.ncrm.ac.uk/TandE/video/RMF2014/filmed.php?id=a70f975


N/A
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL http://www.ncrm.ac.uk/RMF2014/home.php
 
Description January 2015 IASS Country report 
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 Article, "UK Country Report" reporting news and advances in the field of survey science from the UK to an international audience of survey statisticians and researchers. In "The Survey Statistician" 71: 50-51.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://isi-iass.org/home/services/the-survey-statistician/
 
Description July 2013 IASS Country Report 
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 Article, "UK Country Report" reporting news and advances in the field of survey science from the UK to an international audience of survey statisticians and researchers. In "The Survey Statistician" 68: 32-33.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
URL http://isi-iass.org/home/services/the-survey-statistician/
 
Description KEY NOTE - Portugese Health Economics Conference - October 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Keynote presentation to Portugese conference on methodological innovation in Health Research
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Keynote speaker at annual conference of the Dutch Platform for Survey Research 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Keynote speaker at annual conference of the Dutch Platform for Survey Research, attended by 80-100 Dutch researchers and professional practitioners. Lots of questions and discussions about the "Understanding Society" study and how it operated, and discussions of how a similar study would be welcomed in the Netherlands.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.npso.net/evenementen/jaarlijkse-dag-survey-onderzoek-naar-ontwikkelingen-de-tijd-longitud...
 
Description Kick-starting the housing revolution - but who will benefit? 
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 Following a major policy event on housing, produced an extensive blog setting out some of the key issues that needed to be addressed as the Government sought to push ahead with improving the functioning of the housing market and a major programme on starter homes. The audience were more aware of longitudinal evidence from housing research and views/ideas set out by housing sector experts. The communciations also promoted the call by the ESRC to establish a new housing research centre.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL https://www.understandingsociety.ac.uk/2015/11/30/housing-revolution
 
Description Korean Labor Institute visit to ISER for advice on the further development of their panel study 
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 Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Visit to ISER and meet some sociologists and statisticians who have been involved in BHPS and 'Understanding Society.' The following are my research questions.
1. Managing a long lasting panel survey, how do(did) you maintain the representativeness of samples? Longitudinal weight could be a solution. But did you try sample replacement as well?
2. How is the Understanding Society related with the BHPS? Why did you develop the Understanding Society?
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Kyoto University, Japan - visit to ISER for advice on setting up a longitudinal survey and discuss future research opportunities 
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 Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Kyoto University, Japan - visit to ISER for advice on setting up a longitudinal survey and discuss future research opportunities. Outcome = visit of ISER Director to Kyoto conference.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Launch of the Age UK Index of Wellbeing in Later Life at the House of Lords 
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 The purpose of the event was to raise awareness of production of Age UK's Index of Wellbeing in Later Life amongst members of the House of Lords, share the findings and discuss next steps in the use of the Index. The Index was developed using Understanding Society and with some guidance from the Policy Unit. Around 10 members of the HoLs attended the event, plus a range of invited guests from local charities and those working with older people. The evidence sparked a lively debate about what the Index was capturing and where further developmental work was needed (e.g. on social care). The Members of the Lords asked to receive further information (via Age UK) on where development of policies or scrutiny could help improve wellbeing in older age - particularly in terms of tackling inequalities.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.ageuk.org.uk/Documents/EN-GB/For-professionals/Research/AgeUK-Wellbeing-Index-Summary-we...
 
Description Legatum Institute 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact The Legatum Institute is an international thinktank and particularly interested in the socio-economic and political causes behind the Brexit vote. This presentation demonstrated the richness of Understanding Society in addressing wider socio-economic question related to Brexit. As a result of the presentation they plan to commission research using Understanding Society.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Life Satisfaction, Ethnicity and Neighbourhoods: Is there an effect of the neighbourhood ethnic composition on life satisfaction? 
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 Using a rich, nationally representative data set with a large sample of minorities and matched small area characteristics, we explore differences in life satisfaction for ethnic groups living in England. We test the hypothesis that minorities will be less satisfied, which will in part be explained by less favourable individual and area contexts, but that living in areas with a larger proportion of own ethnic group promotes well-being. We find that satisfaction is lower among minorities, ceteris paribus, but area concentration is associated with higher life satisfaction for certain groups. We discuss the implications of our findings.


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Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL http://www.isa-sociology.org/congress2014/
 
Description Live Radio 4 interview on 'Thinking Allowed' 
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 Invited to appear live on Radio 4's Thinking Allowed to discuss an article I co-authored and had appeared in the journal Work Employment and Society entitled 'Households' responses to spousal job loss: 'all change' or 'carry on as usual'?'.

The programme's presenter, Laurie Taylor, and I discussed the key points of the research. This would have reached not only the Radio 4 listenership at the time of airing but, as the programme offers an extensive back-catalogue of episodes available for download, it should be available for many years to come.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b071vjrk
 
Description MDMD Seminar at ABS 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Invited seminar on "Mixing modes on panel surveys: opportunities, constraints and challenges" to the Methods and Data Management Division of the Australian Bureau of Statistics. Approx 35 participants in the seminar room in Canberra and 9 more by video link from regional ABS offices in Darwin, Brisbane and Adelaide. Purpose was to disseminate methodological knowledge from UK and Europe to influence practice at ABS.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
 
Description MYWeB meeting in Barcelona 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Discussion at a meeting of an international consortium (MYWeB) of organisations, to advice the European Commission on whether and how to fund a new EU-wide data collection exercise to monitor and understand wellbeing amongst children and young people.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL https://fp7-myweb.eu/
 
Description Making the UK a Good Place to Work 
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 Low pay and insecure work has become a major policy issue but it is not clear how various government policies collectively, from the National Living Wage (as opposed to the 'real' living wage), the Taylor Review of Modern Working Practices, the Industrial Strategy White Paper and the roll-out of Universal Credit, will or could impact on those at the bottom-end of the labour market. Following the launch of the Understanding Society's Insights 2017 Report at an event on 'Making the UK a Good Place to Work', this policy analysis, written up as a long-blog, examines various constraints and avenues for addressing low pay and insecure work in the UK. The purpose of the blog was to provide a summary of main points emerging from the launch event, explain the difference between low pay and low income and set out a range of policy ideas. It has been promoted through Understanding Society's campaign monitor (4,000 subscribers), website and social media (9,550 followers), reaching a broad audience involved in labour market policy and research. The subsequent publication of the government's response to the Taylor Review (the 'Good Work plan') features particular ideas flagged up at the Insights event and in the blog - although it is difficult to identify how this activity precisely influenced the government's plan.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.understandingsociety.ac.uk/2017/11/20/making-the-uk-a-great-place-to-work
 
Description Masterclass on allostatic load - 13 March 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact To introduce understanding society biomarker data to leading experts internationally in the field
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Measuring change using dependent interviewing - does it matter how questions are worded? 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact Paper presented at seminar - stimulated discussion and shared information on current research.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL http://panelsurveymethods.wordpress.com/
 
Description Media enquiry (Financial Times) 
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 Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Emily Cadman from FT asked: Is there any data in the UK household longitudinal study on what British households own in terms of physical possessions (furniture etc)? We do not hold this data but provided her with the following response: We ask about a set of consumer durables which is the basis of DWP's measures of material deprivation: https://www.understandingsociety.ac.uk/documentation/mainstage/dataset-documentation/wave/5/datafile/e_hhresp/variable/e_cduse1 But we don't ask about things like furniture or the volume of goods - we don't ask about the price of any of the consumer goods or when they were bought. The list is rather old, and so some of the items are at their peak and have been for some years (e.g., those who don't currently own a colour TV are unlikely to get one since it's from choice or they don't use a television set to watch television). Maybe something like the Expenditure surveys run by the ONS would have some information, but I don't know how detailed the categories of spending would be: http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/rel/family-spending/family-spending/2015-edition/index.html
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Media inquiry (BBC Breakfast) 
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 Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Jessica Shiddell asked: I work on the BBC Breakfast TV news programme and we're hoping to do a series of stories/pieces about work/life balance and the surrounding issues at some point in the New Year. The planning of this is still at the very early stages but I'm trying to get in touch with groups who may be able to help us. I was just looking at your Insights 2015 report and thought I'd drop you a quick line to see if you knew of any upcoming research or data that might tie in with our series. There are certainly lots of things to talk about but we're keen to make sure that we have decent news lines as well. Unfortunately we could not find anybody with new research in this area.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Meeting of international panel studies, July 2017 
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 Meeting of different panel studies from around the world to share knowledge and raise awareness - at the end of the 2017 Scientific Conference
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Meeting with DWP 
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 We met researchers at the DWP ti set up future collaborations in the production of Understanding Soceity income data
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Meeting with University of Essex Costing & Pricing Group 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact I made recommendations to a large employer for how a staff time use survey should best be designed and analysed (15 June 2016).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Mental health risks in adolescents and social media 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact University Parents' Support Network - Concerned about the amount of time your child spends online chatting or playing games? Wondering how much TV is too much? If you are interested in the possible effects of screen-based media use on the health and well-being of adolescents pleasejoin us for this informal lunchtime discussion with Dr Cara Booker, Research Fellow at the Institute of Social and Economic Research.

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Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description MiSoC Policy Advisory Group on Families, Children and Schools - 27th November 2015 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Interesting exchange of views, useful avenues for collaboration with participant institutions.

MiSoC research is used and appreciated by non-academic audiences and is useful in influencing policy.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description MiSoC Policy Advisory Group on Families, Education and Higher Education 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Interesting discussion, important points raised.

Group to work together in the future, sharing research to stay relevant and inform policy making.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Mixed modes data collection - ASC Conference 
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 invited speaker, presented at the Association for Survey Computing conference "Contemporary Data Collection: Opportunities and Challenges
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.asc.org.uk/events/previous-events/april-2015
 
Description Moodle online training courses for Understanding Society 
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 researchers to enable their further use of the Understanding Society resource. Moodle courses available in SAS, SPSS and Stata.

Also now available for Transport data, BHPS and Innovation Panel.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015,2016,2017
URL https://www.understandingsociety.ac.uk/documentation/training/online
 
Description Murdoch Childrens Research Institute (MCRI) 11 september 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presentation and discussion with the Murdoch institute on collecting Biomarkers in the general population
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description NCRM Autumn School: New Data Horizons - integrating social and biological data 
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 Joint event with NCRM - awareness-raising/ capacity-building. Increased understanding of data and data use.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description NCRM podcast on "Using mobile devices to understand spending" 
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 Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Podcast to disseminate current research to a general audience
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.ncrm.ac.uk/resources/podcasts/?id_specific=46&title=Using%20mobile%20devices%20to%20unde...
 
Description NEST Corporation 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The Nest Corporation is a unique pension provider, catering to the needs of millions of savers who are 'less attractive' to commercial providers. They are interested in understanding the savings habit of people on low income. This presentation explained the desing of the study, financial and other variables of interest, and explored ideas for research.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description NEST Pensions 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact The purpose was to raise awareness of Understanding Society and explore how it could be used to track pension savings behaviour, particularly in light of auto-enrolment. NEST is the workplace pension set up by government. It was created to make sure that every employer has access to an auto enrolment workplace pension scheme. It currently provides pension savings to over 3 million workers and this is expected to grow to over 5 million workers. As a result the talk the organisation requested a further meeting on the application of Understanding Society to 'track' their members. The result of the subsequent discussions was that NEST will utilise Understanding Society as a best practice model - but set up a longitudinal study of their own members as these members can't be identified through Understanding Society without some form of data linkage exercise. The organisation has commissioned the design of a major longitudinal survey, inviting Understanding Society to bid (amongst other suppliers).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.nestpensions.org.uk/schemeweb/nest.html
 
Description National Academy workhop on longitudinal costs - 6 September 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presentation to cross country workshop on costs issues on longitudinal research
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description National Housing Federation 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact The presentation was to the research staff at the National Housing Federation, the trade body for not-for-profit housing associations in England. The organisation's mission is to support and promote the work of housing associations and campaign for better housing and neighbourhoods. The presentation was on how to use Understanding Society, combining an introduction on using Understanding Society data and how to access research publications emerging from the Study. As a result participants were well informed about the design and application of Understanding Society and how to seek further help and information. The organisation will be exploring the possibility of developing a longitudinal research project - one idea to emerge was examining the long-term impact of social housing compared to other forms of tenure.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.housing.org.uk/
 
Description New Philanthropy Capital 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact The purpose was to raise awareness and encourage the use of Understanding Society. The talk discussed potential opportunities and constraints, particularly in terms of the application of the study to the measurement of impact, given the requirement for many charities to demonstrate that their activities are making a difference. What became clear to participants during the discussions was that the study couldn't be used by individual charities to measure their own impact but was a powerful tool for policy research - and the Study could be used to measure 'impact' at a macro level, e.g. at a sector or policy level. NPC consultants and analysts were particularly interested in the feasibility of using linked administrative data and whether (like the Ministry of Justice Data Lab which enables RCTs to be carried out), such data could open up opportunities for 'strategic' impact measurement.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.thinknpc.org/
 
Description New insights into ethnicity, social mobility and well-being 
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 January 2014
An interactive event for policy leads from Government, regulatory bodies, think tanks and the third sector that showcased the latest findings relating to ethnicity in Understanding Society.
Representatives from local Government, the Social Mobility and Ch