The Millennium Cohort Study Sweep 6 (Age 14) Survey

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

Abstract

The Millennium Cohort Study (MCS) is a unique, multidisciplinary research resource. Following the lives of over 19,000 children born across the UK around the turn of the millennium, it builds on the UK's rich, and unequalled, array of cohort studies. With collection of information at ages 9 months, 3, 5, 7 and 11 years, it enables analysis of change in children's lives and of the processes that influence them as they grow up.

The MCS has provided a resource for research across a wide range of disciplines and subject areas. It has used a variety of data collection methods and instruments, as well as data linkage to enable research and policy agendas in areas ranging from obesity to school choice; from the emergence of socio-economic differences in cognitive functioning to ethnic differences in breast-feeding; from the impacts of maternal employment to father's involvement in children's activities; from home learning environment to physical activity; from patterns of behavioural difficulties to changes in family structure over the early years.

MCS has already shown clear policy impacts; and it has influenced the design and development of birth cohort studies in other countries, including New Zealand, Ireland and France, as well as the new British birth cohort study. It is widely used not only in UK-based research, but internationally. The reputation and significance of the MCS is well-established and is set to increase in coming years.

The current proposal is for a further survey of the MCS cohort at age 14 as a critical point in young people's lives, both in terms of their development and education. In doing this it builds on the accumulation of information collected at key developmental stages of the cohort members. It is important scientifically because it is a time when people are in-between childhood and adulthood, when many trajectories are still possible, but many will also be heavily influenced by the choices and behaviours they engage in at this age. It is a time when we can see the outcome of early childhood indicators; while, looking forward, age 14 will constitute a point at which teenage paths can diverge through disengagement and different educational aspirations and choices. The measures we capture at age 14 will be significant for addressing the relation to later life outcomes and enabling understanding of change over time through cross-cohort comparisons. The age 14 sweep is also important in data collection terms, since it may be the last sweep at which the cohort members are surveyed at their parental home. At the same time, it is an age when direct engagement of the respondents themselves, distinct from their families, is crucial to the long-term viability of the study.

Like earlier sweeps, the age 14 sweep plans to combine continuity with previous sweeps, comparability with other surveys, and innovation in its selection of measures. It will do this through a variety of data collection instruments comprising interviews and self-completion with both parents; interview and self-completion with the cohort member; measures of height, weight and body fat; direct assessments of cognitive functioning; teacher perspectives on the cohort child and the school context; a time diary to record the child's daily activities; and collection of consent to enable the survey data to be complemented and amplified through administrative data linkage.

Through careful development; rigorous data collection; high quality data deposit; comprehensive dissemination, capacity building and user engagement, MCS6 will provide enormous scientific and policy relevant potential and will consolidate the study's national and international reach and reputation.

Planned Impact

The Millennium Cohort Study is a multi-disciplinary survey covering a wide range of topics. The breadth of coverage and the depth of information from six sweeps of data covering UK children's lives up to age 14 make it of interest to a wide range of beneficiaries.
Academics from numerous disciplines, including child health, psychology, economics, epidemiology, human geography, sociology, social policy and social statistics will benefit from clean, high quality and well documented longitudinal data, covering issues of salience throughout childhood and in the teenage years. Supplementary data sets incorporating geographical identifiers or linked administrative data will increase their benefit. MCS6 will be of interest not only to UK but also international scholars, whether for comparative studies with, for example Fragile Families or the NLSY, or in its own right as a unique source for understanding children's development trajectories.
Students will also benefit from the availability of high quality and wide ranging data. They will also be able to draw on the associated training and capacity building activities and the user support linked to the study.
Those developing cohort studies whether from birth (such as the new UK Birth Cohort Study) or in the teen years (such as Tokyo Teen study) will benefit from examplars with which to harmonise as well as being able to draw on the longitudinal expertise linked to the study and gain advice on sampling, instrument development, tracing, participant engagement and ethics.
Methodologists will be able to utilise the data to explore issues such as attrition, non-response and consent in a longitudinal context. For example, by age 14 the number of sweeps, and the changes in inter-sweep periods, facilitates complex modeling of patterns of participation. Survey methodologists and survey practitioners will also benefit indirectly from the methodological research associated with the age 14 sweep such as experimentation on responses to well-being questions a field experiment relating to maximising response, and the dissemination of this research to academic and practitioner audiences
Policy makers will largely benefit indirectly through research findings that are relevant to their areas of interest. The coverage of the age 14 survey both on its own and as a culmination of six sweeps of data collection will be of interest to policy officers and analysts across Whitehall as well as in the devolved administrations. The MCS will provide them with a unique understanding of how children are growing up in the UK today, their different starting points, outcomes and trajectories across a range of highly relevant areas including health, education, family context and change, attitudes, aspirations, sporting and cultural participation, friendship and victimisation, and risk behaviours and attitudes. Policy makers can also benefit directly through analysts' access to the data, and through provision of bespoke data sets to ease use of the complex data for specific purposes.
The MCS is of great interest to a number of voluntary sector organisations, particularly those concerned with parenting and child welfare. It provides an invaluable resource for research connected to their key interests, whether in shared care, maternal depression, 'good parenting', child poverty; disabled children or educational development. The age 14 sweep will increase the interest of MCS to these research consumers. Again, for those with analytical capacity the data can be used directly to explore key concerns; and collaborations with data analysts are also possible, through, for example the ESRC secondary analysis scheme.
Finally, the age 14 sweep will be of indirect benefit to children and families themselves as research on the study identifies what factors in family context and behaviours make a difference to child outcomes, and points to ways in which they can be supported and their experiences enhanced in the future.

Publications

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Description We have successfully collected unprecedentedly rich data on 11,726 families at the sixth sweep of the Millennium Cohort Study, representing a response rate of 76%. The Age 14 sweep was the most extensive and ambitious sweep of the study to date. It was a household-based survey that collected information from parents, as well as from the cohort members themselves. It combined both interviewer-administered and self-completion instruments that built on best practice and technological developments, as well as direct measurements of young people's physical growth, and assessments of both young people and, for the first time, their parents' cognitive ability. It also collected saliva samples for DNA extraction from both cohort members and resident biological parents, and cohort members wore an activity monitor and completed a time use record over two 24-hour periods. The data have been deposited at the UKDS (end March 2017), thereby fulfilling a core objective of the study, and we are aware that much research is now being taken forward by a multi-disciplinary array of researchers. Initial analysis of the data by the Centre for Longitudinal Studies, as part of a set of 'Initial Findings' from the age 14 sweep, had a number of key findings: mental health increases sharply amongst teenage girls between ages 11 and 14, but much less so for teenage boys; rates of excess weight have stabilised between ages 11 and 14, albeit at high levels; substance use, specifically drinking alcohol and smoking, shows a notable rise at age 14; university and occupation aspirations show strong gender differences at age 11.
Exploitation Route The majority of data collected as part of the age 14 sweep of the MCS have been deposited at UKDS. Imminent data deposits include accelerometry data and time use data. Additionally, genotype data will be available for analysis from Autumn 2018, via an appropriate mechanism. Age 14 is a key point in young people's developmental and educational lives, a time when people are in-between childhood and adulthood, when many trajectories are still possible, but many will also be heavily influenced by the choices and behaviours they engage in at this age. The age 14 data can:
a) Reveal the circumstances, beliefs and behaviours of contemporary youth at this 'in-between' stage
b) Provide measures of outcomes (in terms of e.g. health, learning and development) of processes and experiences that have accumulated across childhood
c) Capture predictors that may be significant in later life outcomes, such as risk taking, aspirations, engagement with school, health and disability, as well as parental characteristics. I anticipate that the data will be of enormous value to a wide range of multi-disciplinary users, and expect it to be used in several areas of research, including but by no means limited to those noted above. The ability to answer detailed questions such as these will be greatly enhanced by the availability of detailed time use data and accelerometry data, each covering the same two 24-hour periods. The genotype data adds a major new dimension to the data: a crucial area for research is how genes and environments operate together to produce the inequalities we observe across the lifecourse. With rich phenotypic data, alongside the largest collection of genetic samples from mother/child/father with detailed phenotypic measurements in the world, we expect this incredibly rich resource to be widely is used by researchers working at the interface between biomedical and social science.
Sectors Communities and Social Services/Policy,Education,Environment,Healthcare,Leisure Activities, including Sports, Recreation and Tourism,Government, Democracy and Justice,Culture, Heritage, Museums and Collections,Transport,Other

URL http://www.cls.ioe.ac.uk/page.aspx?&sitesectionid=1109&sitesectiontitle=The+age+14+survey+of+MCS+%282015%29
 
Description The age 14 survey of the Millennium Cohort Study (MCS) has been the most ambitious survey to date, and has resulted in strong and widespread impact. I led a programme of initial research from the age 14 survey - showcasing findings on areas of intense public and policy interest including mental health, obesity, and risky behaviours. This included dissemination of the research findings through a series of six briefings and press releases. This series of research papers, briefings, and press releases on 'Initial Findings' gained widespread coverage for the study over an 8-week period during late 2017 and early 2018, in a multitude of high profile national media outlets alongside interviews by the PI (Fitzsimons) on BBC Radio 4 Women's Hour and You and Yours, and on BBC Breakfast. The campaign was summed up by the UCL Head of Media Relations on several occasions as 'brilliant'. The findings had a major impact on visits to the CLS website, with two of them amongst the top 3 most highly accessed days in the past year: the day that the "One in four girls is depressed at age 14" press release was released attracted 3,636 page views - the highest number of page views in the last 12 months, and over 5 times higher than the page views for the equivalent day in the week before. The day of the "One in five young people obese at age 14" press release attracted 2,074 page views, almost double the page views of the equivalent day of the previous week. The findings also had a strong presence on social media, with our press release on "Teenage reading and vocabulary" the top tweet in the entire education sector in November 2017 (source: Edurank), generating 345 visits to the IoE website and seen on Twitter 81,261 times, as of December 2017. More broadly, I anticipate the MCS6 data will result in significantly increased impact. Data has been available to researchers since March 2017, so as yet the impacts of this major new data set have to be realised. I predict major areas of research will, amongst others, include understanding the pathways to early risky behaviours, the important transition from primary to secondary school and how it affects aspects of life including relationships, socio-emotional and cognitive development; mental health and wellbeing in mid-adolescence; physical development and, in particular, trends in overweight and obesity. Over the coming few years, and as a result of some of the more novel content of the MCS6 sweep, I anticipate particularly significant impacts in the following areas: -Inclusion of genes in social science models: A crucial area for research is how genes and environments operate together to produce the inequalities we observe across the lifecourse. DNA samples from cohort members and parents arise from the age 14 sweep of the study. There are just over 20,000 samples in total, including approximately 4,600 mother-child-father trios. The genotyping of these samples in 2017/18 will create the largest collection of genetic samples from mother/child/father with detailed phenotypic measurements in the world, ensuring the MCS will be uniquely placed to enable research into the interplay of genetic and environmental factors in the development of inequalities across the life course. - Physical activity and sedentary behaviour in adolescence: There is a great deal of interest in understanding patterns of physical activity, including sedentary behaviour, and how these relate to young people's growth patterns, including rising trends in overweight, and to other aspects of their wellbeing and long-term outcomes. The availability of objective measures at age 14, through accelerometers, is a marked advance over more limited self-report measures. Alongside the accelerometry data collected at the age 7 sweep of the study, it will provide a comprehensive insight into patterns of moderate and intense activity, and sedentary behaviour, facilitating a rich understanding of the effects of health lifestyles on different domains of life. - Understanding time use: the concurrently collected measures of time use over two 24-hour periods is a major innovation and will allow for detailed insights into adolescents' daily lives, alongside generating measure of adolescent time use for the study of later life outcomes as cohort matures (e.g. physical activities, sleep, eating patterns, cultural participation, time spent doing homework etc.). It will also facilitate cross-cultural comparisons of adolescent time use, for instance with the Panel Study of Income Dynamics, Longitudinal Study of Australian Children, Growing Up in Ireland, which have also been collecting time diaries.
Sector Education,Healthcare,Leisure Activities, including Sports, Recreation and Tourism,Government, Democracy and Justice,Other
Impact Types Cultural,Societal,Economic,Policy & public services

 
Description Member of advisory board to ALSPAC: Emla Fitzsimons
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Membership of a guideline committee
 
Description NHS website story - Many teenagers reporting symptoms of depression
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Implementation circular/rapid advice/letter to e.g. Ministry of Health
Impact The MCS6 Initial Finding 'Mental health among children of the new century' (Patalay & Fitzsimons, 2017) highlighted the extent of mental illness amongst adolescents in the UK today. The NHS summarised the findings and implications of this study on the 'Behind the headlines' section of its website, drawing attention to the study and the findings and increasing awareness across practitioners and the public.
URL https://www.nhs.uk/news/mental-health/many-teenagers-reporting-symptoms-depression/
 
Description ERSC - Genotyping DNA Samples
Amount £1,057,000 (GBP)
Organisation Economic and Social Research Council 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 03/2017 
End 03/2018
 
Description Poverty, place and children's personal and social relationships
Amount £3,009 (GBP)
Organisation Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2015 
End 08/2015
 
Description Save the Children
Amount £30,000 (GBP)
Organisation Save the Children 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country United States
Start 02/2015 
End 12/2015
 
Description Using health record linkage in the UK Millennium Cohort Study to investigate childhood obesity, asthma and infections
Amount £316,797 (GBP)
Funding ID 087389/B/08/Z 
Organisation Wellcome Trust 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country United Kingdom
Start 04/2015 
End 03/2017
 
Title MCS Cross-Sweep Harmonised Data, 1st Edition 
Description The MCS Cross-Sweep Harmonised Data includes the harmonised data on height, weight and BMI (CLOSER Work Package 1) and the standardised Registrar General's Social Class - 1990 version (CLOSER Work Package 2) for the Millennium Cohort Study, and provides the original study identifier in order to allow the harmonised variables to be linked back to the individual study datasets 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2018 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact None as yet 
URL https://discover.ukdataservice.ac.uk/catalogue/?sn=8340&type=Data%20catalogue
 
Title MCS DNA and genotyped databank 
Description Saliva samples were collected from cohort members and biological parents at MCS6. The DNA has now been extracted from the samples, at the University of Bristol. The DNA samples have been genotyped, and imputations of the data should be complete by Autumn 2018. The plan is to make linked genotype/phenotype data available for researchers via the META-DAC. 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2018 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact A crucial area for research is how genes and environments operate together to produce the inequalities we observe across the lifecourse. With rich phenotypic data, alongside the largest collection of genetic samples from mother/child/father with detailed phenotypic measurements in the world, we expect this incredibly rich resource to be widely is used by researchers working at the interface between biomedical and social science. More specifically, the availability of genomewide genetic data in the MCS puts the study in a unique position to enable: (i) Discovery genomewide association study analyses based on study focus traits, trajectories and familial phenotypes. (ii) Study of how genetic and environmental factors shape human development across the life course through exporting the product of (i) in: a. Use of novel genetic predictors of early life factors measured well in the MCS in multi-study analyses of causal effect b. Undertaking epidemiological and social science analyses using genetics as a lever for causality (Mendelian randomisation) within the MCS, including intergenerational causal analyses using family based genetic data. 
 
Title MCS Longitudinal Family File - 2nd edition 
Description Millennium Cohort Study: Longitudinal Family File, 2001-2015 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2017 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact None as yet. 
URL https://discover.ukdataservice.ac.uk/catalogue/?sn=8172&type=Data%20catalogue
 
Title MCS NHS Patient Episode Data (Wales) - 1st edition 
Description Millennium Cohort Study: NHS Patient Episode Database for Wales, Linked Administrative Datasets: ICD-10 Codes in Continuous Spells, 2001-2012: Secure Access 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2018 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact None as yet. 
URL https://discover.ukdataservice.ac.uk/catalogue/?sn=8302&type=Data%20catalogue
 
Title MCS Ofsted Linked Data - 1st edition 
Description Millennium Cohort Study: Ofsted Linked Data, 2006-2012: Secure Access 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2017 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact None as yet. 
URL https://discover.ukdataservice.ac.uk/catalogue/?sn=8226&type=Data%20catalogue
 
Title MCS Ofsted and Teacher Survey - 1st edition 
Description Millennium Cohort Study: Ofsted and Teacher Survey Linked Data, 2008: Secure Access 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2017 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact None as yet. 
URL https://discover.ukdataservice.ac.uk/catalogue/?sn=8227&type=Data%20catalogue
 
Title MCS Sweep 6 - 2nd edition 
Description Millennium Cohort Study: Sixth Survey, 2015 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2017 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact None as yet. 
URL https://discover.ukdataservice.ac.uk/catalogue/?sn=8156&type=Data%20catalogue
 
Title MCS Sweep 6 - Geographical Data - 2001 Boundaries - 1st edition 
Description Millennium Cohort Study: Geographical Identifiers, Sixth Survey, 2001 Census Boundaries: Secure Access 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2017 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact None as yet. 
URL https://discover.ukdataservice.ac.uk/catalogue/?sn=8231&type=Data%20catalogue
 
Title MCS Sweep 6 - Geographical Data - 2011 Boundaries - 1st edition 
Description Millennium Cohort Study: Geographical Identifiers, Sixth Survey, 2011 Census Boundaries: Secure Access 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2017 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact None as yet. 
URL https://discover.ukdataservice.ac.uk/catalogue/?sn=8232&type=Data%20catalogue
 
Title MCS Sweep 6 - Physical Activity Module 
Description Millennium Cohort Study: Sixth Survey, 2015. The third edition was updated to include Time use diary (TUD) and Accelerometer (ACC) data from the Physical Activity module. 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2018 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact None as yet 
URL https://discover.ukdataservice.ac.uk/catalogue/?sn=8156&type=Data%20catalogue
 
Title MCS Sweep 6, 2015 - 3rd and 4th editions 
Description For the third edition (May 2018), new data files covering parent income brackets and data from the Physical Activity module: Time use diary (TUD) and Accelerometer (ACC) were added to the study. User guides for TUD and ACC have also been added. In addition, some updates to existing data have been made For the fourth edition (October 2018) the IMD file for England was replaced with an updated version. 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2018 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact None as yet. 
URL https://beta.ukdataservice.ac.uk/datacatalogue/doi?id=8156
 
Title MCS Sweep 6- 3rd edition 
Description Millennium Cohort Study: Sixth Survey, 2015. This third edition (May 2018) was published to include the parent income brackets and to update existing data: addition of 12 families, addition of variables and variable corrections. 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2018 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact None as yet 
URL https://discover.ukdataservice.ac.uk/catalogue/?sn=8156&type=Data%20catalogue
 
Title MCS Sweeps 1-6: exact date of interview / UKDS Secure Access for project 118369 
Description MCS Sweeps 1-6: exact date of interview / UKDS Secure Access for project 118369 This is a dataset released as part of the CLS data sharing project DAC ref 041: The impact of a health information intervention on children's health, health-related behaviour and academic performance in the UK - This request was for the exact date of interview (i.e. DD/MM/YYYY) for MCS sweeps 1 - 6. 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2018 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact None as yet. 
 
Title MCS linked to MEDIx air pollution - 1st edition 
Description Millennium Cohort Study, Sweeps 1-6, 2001-2015: Linked to MEDIx Air Pollution Deciles 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2017 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact None as yet. 
URL https://discover.ukdataservice.ac.uk/catalogue/?sn=8153&type=Data%20catalogue
 
Title MCS linked to green space - 1st edition 
Description Millennium Cohort Study, Sweeps 1-5, 2001-2012: Linked to Green Space Deciles at LSOA (England) and Ward Level (UK) 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2017 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact None as yet. 
URL https://discover.ukdataservice.ac.uk/catalogue/?sn=8154&type=Data%20catalogue
 
Title Millennium Cohort Study: Linked Education Administrative Dataset (KS2), England: Secure Access 
Description Millennium Cohort Study: Linked Education Administrative Dataset (KS2), England 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2016 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact None as yet 
URL http://doi.org/10.5255/UKDA-SN-7712-1
 
Title Millennium Cohort Study: Sixth Survey, 2015 
Description Millennium Cohort Study: Sixth Survey, 2015 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2017 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact None as yet 
URL https://discover.ukdataservice.ac.uk/series/?sn=2000031
 
Description Centre for Time Use Research (CTUR) 
Organisation University of Oxford
Department Department of Sociology
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution CLS implemented time use diaries at MCS6, which were designed following extensive advice and input from CTUR. The data from the time use diaries is very rich and will be invaluable to answering a wide range of research questions.
Collaborator Contribution CTUR provided extensive expertise on the design of the time use diary instruments at MCS6, particularly during the development phase of the instruments. They also provided input into data cleaning and coding.
Impact Time use diary data from MCS6 to be deposited at UKDS by end March 2018. Additionally, CLS is currently looking to make the online and paper versions of the diaries available to users wishing to collect time use diary data.
Start Year 2013
 
Description Joint paper on MCS with International Centre for Lifecourse Studies in Society and Health 
Organisation University College London
Department International Centre for Lifecourse Studies in Society and Health (ICLS)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Working paper on the relationship between children's screen time and weight, using the Millennium Cohort Study. Paper is under revise and resubmit at International Journal of Obesity. Involved in design, analysis and write up of study.
Collaborator Contribution Lead on empirical analysis
Impact Working paper 'Longitudinal associations between television in the bedroom and body fatness in a UK cohort study', under revise and resubmit at International Journal of Obesity.
Start Year 2015
 
Description Poverty and Children's Relationships 
Organisation National Children's Bureau
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Analysed Millennium Cohort Study data and conducted empirical analysis of relationship between poverty and children's personal and social relationships
Collaborator Contribution Regular meetings to guide and shape the empirical analysis; led on the writing up of findings
Impact Report to the Joseph Rowntree Foundation: https://www.jrf.org.uk/report/poverty-and-childrens-personal-and-social-relationships
Start Year 2015
 
Description Saliva collection 
Organisation University of Bristol
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution This was a collaboration with Dr Sue Ring, Head of Laboratories at the University of Bristol. We collaborated on procedures and processes around the collection of saliva samples at MCS6, and the DNA extraction took place at the University of Bristol.
Collaborator Contribution Helped with design of procedures and protocols for collection of saliva samples at MCS6; extracted DNA from approximately 25,000 samples and are storing them at Bristol.
Impact DNA extracted samples from approximately 25000 saliva samples - ready for genotyping
Start Year 2013
 
Description Save the Children: Read on, Get on 
Organisation Save the Children
Country United States 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Conducted empirical analysis of children's language development across childhood using the MCS data
Collaborator Contribution Guided the analysis plan and produced a report 'Ready to Read', which included the empirical analysis as part of it.
Impact 'Ready to Read: Closing the gap in early language skills so that every child in England can read', Save the Children Report 2015: http://www.literacytrust.org.uk/assets/0003/5566/Ready_to_Read__-_England_June_2015.pdf
Start Year 2015
 
Description Using health record linkage in the UK Millennium Cohort Study to investigate childhood obesity, asthma, infections and immunisations in early life 
Organisation Farr Institute of Health Informatics Research
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Applied for and obtained health data of Scottish MCS cohort members and facilitated linkage of records to MCS survey data
Collaborator Contribution Empirical analysis of linked data
Impact Disciplines include economics, health and epidemiology
Start Year 2015
 
Description Using health record linkage in the UK Millennium Cohort Study to investigate childhood obesity, asthma, infections and immunisations in early life 
Organisation University College London
Department Institute of Child Health
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Applied for and obtained health data of Scottish MCS cohort members and facilitated linkage of records to MCS survey data
Collaborator Contribution Empirical analysis of linked data
Impact Disciplines include economics, health and epidemiology
Start Year 2015
 
Description Vincent van Hees 
Organisation Netherlands eScience Center
PI Contribution Van Hees provided extensive technical expertise on the accelerometry data collected at MCS6, and assisted in deriving a set of variables from the rich data, accessible to a wide range of non-expert users.
Collaborator Contribution CLS provided Van Hees with guidance on the types of measures and variables to be derived from the rich data; CLS provided technical support on the use of the complex and large data set.
Impact A set of derived variables from the very rich and detailed accelerometry data collected as part of MCS6. The variables are due to be deposited at UKDS by end March 2018, and will be readily available for a wide range of users to incorporate into analyses of physical activity and sedentary behaviour.
Start Year 2014
 
Title Time use diary - App version 
Description Adaptation of an App developed by Ipsos MORI, to collect time use data on 14-year olds over two 24-hour periods 
Type Of Technology Webtool/Application 
Year Produced 2014 
Impact Collection of detailed time use data from 14-year olds using an App (data was also collected using an online tool, and in a minority of cases, a paper diary) 
 
Title Time use diary - online version 
Description An online version of a time use diary, with 44 pre-recorded activities, developed for the first time for use in the MCS6 sweep 
Type Of Technology Webtool/Application 
Year Produced 2014 
Impact Collection of detailed data on time use of 14-year olds using an online tool (data also collected via an App developed by Ipsos MORI, and in a minority of cases, a paper diary) 
 
Description ADRN Productive Society Themed Workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact I was invited to become a partner in the ADRN Theme 'Productive Society'. The purpose of this Theme Partnership is to consider the following questions and to take
the actions necessary to answer them:
1. What are the most important economic and social issues within this Theme?
2. What sort of insights are needed to make a difference to those issues?
3. What administrative datasets are needed to support those insights?
4. How should these data be created and used for these purposes?
5. What shall we do first?
Outcomes included highlighting the need for rich employer-employee linked data sets. A follow up meeting is currently being planned.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Advisory Board: ESRC Research Centre on Micro-Social Change (MiSoc) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Emla Fitzsimons is a member of the MiSoc Advisory Board. Emla's attendance at Board meetings would advise on strategy and decisions. MiSoc Directors and researchers attended the meeting in October 2015. Emla's attendance has further strengthened collaborations with a large ESRC-funded investment.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015,2016,2017,2018
 
Description Advisory Panel: LSYPE2 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact The LSYPE2 Advisory Panel met in September 2015 to provide advice on the scientific content of the forthcoming LSYPE2 survey. LSYPE2 survey covers England only. The primary audience was Department of Education, which runs the study. The decisions from this meeting influences the scientific team at DfE, study participants who will be affected directly by questionnaire content, researchers who will use data from the study when available. After the meeting, Emla received email from Tim Leunig, Chief Scientific Advisor and Chief Analyst at the DfE, requesting further methodological advice. Emla advised Tim Leunig and team on strategies to maximise consent to data linkage.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description BLOG on MCS Profile 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Blog based on the publication in October 2016 of the MCS cohort profile in Longitudinal and Lifecourse Studies
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://ioelondonblog.wordpress.com/2017/01/10/social-inequalities-the-report-card/
 
Description Blog for International Women's Day on Longitudinal Research 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact A blog was posted to highlight points made in an article for World of Labor on 'Why do we need longtidinal survey data?'
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://wol.iza.org/articles/why-do-we-need-longitudinal-survey-data/long
 
Description Blog: A misspent youth? How new technology is shedding light on what teenagers do all day 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Writing for the CLS website blog, Dr Emily Gilbert discussed how the use of new technology in surveys has enabled researchers to gain new insights into the lives of the millennial generation.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://cls.ucl.ac.uk/blog-a-misspent-youth-how-new-technology-is-shedding-light-on-what-teenagers-d...
 
Description Blog: A misspent youth? How new technology is shedding light on what teenagers do all day 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact This blog was written by Dr Emily Gilbert. It discusses how the use of new technology has enabled researchers to gain new insights into the lives of today's teenager. The blog was released to coincide with the new Millennium Cohort Study Age 14 time use diary and accelerometer data deposit. As of 22 June 2018, the blog on the CLS website has had 82 visits. It was also cross-posted on the CLOSER website.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.cls.ioe.ac.uk/news.aspx?itemid=4702&itemTitle=Blog%3a+A+misspent+youth%3f+How+new+technol...
 
Description Blog: Children's mental wellbeing and ill-health: not two sides of the same coin 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact If I asked you what makes a child happy, one possible answer would be the opposite of what makes them sad. This would be considered a non-controversial response. The intuitive assumption when considering subjective wellbeing and psychological distress is that factors associated with one are associated with the other - albeit in the opposite direction. But what if we're wrong? What if wellbeing and mental illness, or happy and sad, are not two sides of the same mental health coin?

In this blog for World Mental Health Day, Dr Praveetha Patalay examines the factors that influence children's mental illness and wellbeing using the Millennium Cohort Study. The blog appeared on the What Works for Wellbeing blog, and was cross-posted to the IOE London blog and the CLS website.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL https://whatworkswellbeing.org/2016/10/10/childrens-mental-wellbeing-and-ill-health-not-two-sides-of...
 
Description CLOSER conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Presentation at the annual CLOSER conference on 'The impact of maternal employment on children's weight', evidenced using the Millennium Cohort Study.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Conference presentation at SLLS in Milan: Parenting typology and child and adolescent mental health problems 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Conference presentation at Society for Longitudinal and Life-Course Studies in Milan titled: Parenting typology and child and adolescent mental health problems.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Conference presentation: Society for Longitudinal and Life Course Studies Conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Emla Fitzsimons attended the Society for Longitudinal and Life Course Studies Conference in October 2015 as the speaker in a symposium session on 'Linking policy and research'. The primary audience was policy makers in Health Departments and she showcased how longitudinal resources produce important impacts in policy making. The talk was well received and resulted in engaging discussion afterwards - Mairead O'Driscoll, Director of Research Strategy and Funding at the Irish Health Research Board (HRB), was part of the panel and provided reflections on the talks.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Contribution to NPD User Review 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Contributed to NPD User Review, including a 1 hour interview concerning the importance of NPD data to researchers, and specifically NPD data linked to cohort studies - and ensuring we maintain data accessibility with appropriate governance.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Contribution to the European Survey Reseach Assocation conference 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 We had a significant presence at the 2017 international conference of the European Survey Research Association in Lisbon, Portugal which took place between Monday 17th and Friday 21st July 2019. http://www.europeansurveyresearch.org/conference. It is a large conference lasting 5 days with multiple strands parallel sessions at each time, attended by around 800 academics, professional survey practitioners and post-graduate students from around the world. This is one of the major international survey methodology conferences, which takes place biennially. It was attended by eight members of CLS staff. In total, we delivered and/or co-authored eight presentations based on the all of our four cohort studies, covering participant engagement, data linkage, responsive design, bio-social data collection, occupation coding, and missing data. We are also organised conference sessions on surveying children and young people, biomedical data collection and handling missing data. Our presence at the conference was re-enforced through Twitter, with two CLS staff members tweeting from the conference and also tweets sent from CLS main account.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.europeansurveyresearch.org/conference
 
Description Contribution to the European Survey Research Association conference 2015 
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 We had a significant presence at the 2015 international conference of the European Survey Research Association in Reykjavik, Iceland. which took place between Monday 13th and Friday 17th July 2015. http://www.europeansurveyresearch.org/conference. It is a large conference lasting 5 days with multiple strands parallel sessions at each time, attended by around 800 academics, professional survey practitioners and post-graduate students from around the world.

This is one of the major international survey methodology conferences, which takes place biennially. It was attended by eight members of CLS staff. In total, we delivered and/or co-authored eleven presentations based on the three of our four cohort studies, covering surveying children and young people, collection of time-use and activity monitor data, data linkage, mixed-modes, event history calendars, para-data, DDI and interviewer training. Many of the presentations were joint with the survey agencies we have worked with on the studies (NatCen, IPSOS-MORI and TNS-BMRB). We are also organised seven conference sessions in total on surveying children and young people, collecting time-use data and administrative data linkage.

Our presence at ESRA was backed up by a London-based social media strategy which involved tweets from the @clscohorts account to promote the presentations on the cohort studies and the sessions we organised. Two of the staff members also engaged in tweeting at the conference. It total we sent around 150 tweets making us among the top tweeters at the whole conference. This enabled the research to reach far more people, both at the conference and beyond.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.europeansurveyresearch.org/conference
 
Description Facilitating Shared Survey Metadata across the Life-Cycle in Longitudinal Studies - A UK Perspective 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Type Of Presentation paper presentation
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Talk encouraged others to look at ways in which they could learn and potentially replicate from recent developments in the UK which brought together stakeholders to create a common understanding of what the benefits of shared metadata are, and led to an agreement on a common way forward.

I have been asked to give further talks at other institutions on this subject
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL http://www.eddi-conferences.eu/ocs/index.php/eddi/eddi14/paper/view/155
 
Description Film: Children's mental health: an "urgent" issue 
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 Undergraduate students
Results and Impact On 10 October 2018, the UCL Institute of Education released a short film for World Mental Health Day showcasing the findings and impact of research by Prof Emla Fitzsimons on rates of depression among 14-year-olds taking part in the Millennium Cohort Study. It features interviews with Professor Emla Fitzsimons, MCS director at the IOE and Larissa Pople, a senior researcher at the Children's Society, who explains why the MCS is so important for charities trying to improve children's welfare. Ms Pople said: "The Millennium Cohort Study is one of the data sources we draw on the most to understand children's lives. These are the kinds of studies that are really relevant for us. We help children that are in need, particularly those who may have run away from home, for example. We also do policy and research on related issues, particularly on children's wellbeing and poverty."

The film was part of the #weareioe campaign intended to attract new students and showcase the policy relevance of IOE research. At the time of submission, the film had been viewed 439 times on YouTube. It was shared widely on CLS and IOE social media channels.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://cls.ucl.ac.uk/millennium-cohort-study-a-vital-resource-for-childrens-advocates-explains-the-...
 
Description Interview as part of a feasibility study for European Commission about a European Longitudinal Study of Children and Young People 
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 Lisa Calderwood took part in a 30 minute phone interview with a Senior Lecturer in Sociology at Manchester Metropolitan University who is working on a project called MyWeb (Measuring Youth Well Being) funded by the European Commission and involving the collaboration of a group of European universities in order to assess the feasibility of a European Longitudinal Study for Children and Young People that prioritises both scientific and policy imperatives. In this research project we explore the feasibility of conducting a longitudinal survey, which would capture the full picture of the growing-up process possibly from birth to the end of a child/young person's education. As part of this they are undertaking a review of key national and international longitudinal surveys in order to:
• Understand key design decisions (population coverage, sample design, questionnaire development and testing methods used, etc.)
• Learn lessons from the above about what worked well and what worked less well (particularly regarding participation) to support recommendations that will be made to the European Commission.

As part of this scoping study I was interviewed about the Millennium Cohort Study
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Invitation to NHH School of Economics two day workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The Childhood Gap is one of the key projects at the Centre for Experimental Research on Fairness, Inequality and Rationality (FAIR), at the NHH Norwegian School of Economics in Bergen. It was established as a Centre of Excellence (CoE) in 2017 with funding from The Research Council of Norway, and I was invited to the first two-day workshop in the project to brainstorm ways forward and lay the groundwork for focus areas of the project. All the guests presented important insight on childhood development, experimental design and large cohort studies and many important discussions were initiated by the presentations.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.nhh.no/en/research-centres/fair/about/
 
Description Invited Speaker: COEURE (Cooperation on European Research in Economics) workshop on 'Human capital and education: the state of the art and a research agenda' 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact In October 2015, Emla Fitzsimons presented on value of longitudinal studies in advancing research and impact on education policies; COEURE is a forum which brings together the key stakeholders in the European economic research space - scientists from the different strands of economic research in Europe, users of community, economic decision makers, and funders of economic research, and which, by a process of stocktaking, consultation and stakeholder engagement, is aimed to formulate an Agenda for Research Funding for Economics in Europe. Emla provided an overview of value of longitudinal data for research in the economics of education, showcasing impacts to date. This resulted in a contribution to a report to funders of a study where Professor Simon Burgess is PI.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Invited to present at keynote session of the Adolescent Lives and Wellbeing Conference, organised by the UCL Centre for Global Health 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Invited to present the keynote session of the UCL Adolescent Lives and Wellbeing conference, organised by the Centre for Global Health. Speakers at the session included Emla Fitzsimons, Morag Henderson and Aase Villadsen (Centre for Longitudinal Studies, UCL Institute of Education). Presented evidence on mental health and wellbeing from the Millennium Cohort Study and Next Steps.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/adolescent-lives-and-wellbeing-conference-tickets-37800843340#
 
Description Joint Fragile Families/MCS Workshop, Colombia University 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Workshop sparked increased interest in and use of MCS data

After the workshop, I received requests from various postgraduate students about accessing the data
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Lessons for the French cohort, ELFE, from the UK experience 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Contribution to a day meeting refleting on the results so far of the French birth cohort Elfe and its possible continuation.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.ined.fr/en/news/scientific-meetings/seminaries-colloque-ined/journee-scientifique-elfe/
 
Description Longitudinal data across the life course: an introduction to using cohort data (Cardiff) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact This workshop gave both first-time and more experienced data users an insight into the four cohort studies run by CLS. It featured presentations introducing each of the studies including recent developments, upcoming data releases and information on how to access the data. The seminar also featured three presentations from guest speakers who spoke about how they have used CLS studies in their own research. The session had 47 registrations.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.cls.ioe.ac.uk/Conference.aspx?itemid=4674&itemTitle=Longitudinal+data+across+the+life+cou...
 
Description Lunch hour lecture 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact UCL lunch hour lecture on 'Child Development in Developing Countries'. In this lecture Professor Attanasio talks about the recent interest in child development in developing countries through intervention in early years, and describes a pilot intervention programme that his research team has been developing in Colombia and India. Early years intervention has proved to be very effective in having long lasting impacts on individual development, and this lecture discusses the challenges of identifying modalities that can be delivered at low cost and therefore scaled up in developing countries, and understanding the mechanisms through which these interventions work. The lecture has had over 3,000 views on youtube.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2011
URL https://www.ucl.ac.uk/lhl/Autumn2011/10_22112011
 
Description MCS Initial Findings - Presentation Dept for Work and Pensions 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Presentation of MCS6 Initial Findings at the Department for Work and Pensions, generating interest in the study and requests for further information about certain aspects of the findings.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description MCS co-funders meetings 
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 Bi-annual meetings, commencing 2014, with the government departments who contributed co-funding to the sixth sweep of the Millennium Cohort Study. Departments include: Department for Education, Department of Health, Ministry of Justice, Home Office, Department for Transport, Department of Work and Pensions, Welsh Government and Department for Employment and Learning Northern Ireland.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014,2015,2016,2017,2018
 
Description MCS6 Initial Findings Presentation - Dept of Health 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Presentation of MCS6 Initial Findings at the Dept of Health, after which colleagues reported a keen interest in findings from the forthcoming sweep of the study
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description MCS6 Initial Findings Presentation - 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 Presentation of MCS6 Initial Findings at the Home Office, generating interest in the study and the data, and requests for further information about the findings
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description MCS6 Initial Findings Talk - Northern Ireland 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Presentation of MCS6 Initial Findings at the Northern Ireland Education Dept. Attended by approx. 30 people, and sparked a great deal of interest in the study and findings,generating interest around the MCS7 data release.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Media coverage for follow-up briefing on young people's mental health 
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 We produced a CLS briefing paper, Mental ill-health and wellbeing at age 14. CLS worked on an exclusive article with Denis Campbell, Guardian Health Editor. For the story, Campbell used the CLS briefing paper, and conducted interviews with lead author, Dr Praveetha Patalay. The story appeared as the front page lead article in The Guardian on Saturday, 19 May 2018. The Times and Mail ran their own online stories based on the Guardian exclusive later that day.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.theguardian.com/society/2018/may/18/poorest-brightest-girls-uk-depressed-study-teenagers...
 
Description Meeting with Born in Guangzhou Cohort Study 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Lisa Calderwood met with around 8 researchers from the Born in Guangzhou Cohort Study team who were visiting the UK for about 2 hours on 27th August 2015 to share learning from the CLS cohort studies, primarily the Millennium Cohort Study regarding collecting consent to data linkage and more generally on the design and conduct of longitudinal studies.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Meeting with Christine O'Farrelly to give advice on collecting saliva samples 
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 Meeting with Christine O'Farrelly (Healthy Start, Happy Start - Trial Manager, Imperial College London) plus two of her colleagues to give advice on collecting saliva samples from children, based on our experiences of doing this on Millennium Cohort Study.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Meeting with Education Policy Institute to provide advice on use of MCS 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Meeting with the Education Policy Institute to discuss CLS cohort data - contents and use - and to promote use of the data in its research
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Meetings with survey agencies regarding strategic issues and data collection innovations 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact We wrote to all of the main UK survey agencies - Ipsos MORI, NatCen, TNS-BMRB, Gfk-NOP, ONS - to ask them to showcase to us some of the innovations in data collection and new technologies that they may have carried out on commercial and other kinds of studies, and also to invite them to discuss with us strategic issues facing longitudinal studies in the UK. All of the responded positively and these meetings were held in Summer 2016.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Mental health and wellbeing in the millennial generations 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact As part of the ESRC's Festival of Social Science, CLS hosted a breakfast seminar focused on mental health and wellbeing. Emla Fitzsimons, Praveetha Patalay and Morag Henderson presented recent research from MCS and Next Steps covering the state of mental health wellbeing among the two generations. The seminar concluded with a discussion of the findings led by Louise Arseneault. The session was aimed mainly at policymakers and third sector organisations. Of the 10 evaluations received, 90% rated the event as 'Very' interesting and 80% rated it as 'Very' educational. When asked if they would use what they learnt in their own work, 40% 'Strongly Agreed' while 60% 'Agreed'.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.cls.ioe.ac.uk/Conference.aspx?itemid=4648&itemTitle=Mental+health+and+wellbeing+in+the+mi...
 
Description Millennium generation cohort meeting 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact This two day workshop, organised by Emla Fitzsimons and Lisa Calderwood at CLS, included study leads from Growing up in Ireland, Growing up in Australia, and Growing up in New Zealand. This sparked ongoing collaboration and discussion, with a further workshop planned for April 2019 (in Australia).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Presentation provided an overview of MCS and focused also on cross-national comparisons, bringing out differences in Northern Ireland versus rest of UK

After my talk I met with the Chief Executive of NISRA and discussed plans for MCS going forward, and their specific interests in the study
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Open University 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Presentation to postgraduate students on the Millennium Cohort Study, at the Open University
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.open.ac.uk/ikd/events/initial-findings-age-14-sweep-millennium-cohort-study-mental-health...
 
Description Parental Wealth and children's outcomes in the UK Millennium Cohort Study 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact CLOSER conference
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Presentation by Praveetha Patalay at UCL organised event bringing together academics and the Millennial generation for a one-day debate on the roadmap to 2030 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Praveetha Patalay presented MCS contribution pertient in representing the millennial generation at UCL organised event bringing together academics generation for a one-day debate on the roadmap to 2030. The debate took place in November 2015: the date by which the UN want to eradicate poverty worldwide. The event saw engaging debate and discussions, with much interest generated in MCS data. This is an example of further dissemination of MCS as key resource in understanding millennial generation.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Presentation of research paper at Adolescent Lives and Wellbeing Conference (UCL, London) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Presentation of a research paper on parenting type and adolescent mental health
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://blogs.ucl.ac.uk/global-youth/
 
Description Presentation of research paper at CLOSER conference (British Library, 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 of research paper on father departure on child mental health
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.closer.ac.uk/conference
 
Description Presentation of research paper at SLLS conference Stirling 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Presentation of research paper on effect of father departure in child mental health
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Presentation on British birth cohorts at UCL Dept of Epidemiology and Public Health 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact UCL Department of Epidemiology and Public Health invited Emla Fitzsimons to a seminar to present on British birth cohorts in October 2015. The primary audience was academics working in Department of Epidemiology and Public Health. This presentation increased awareness of features of the cohort studies and specific data available.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Presentation to NICE Public Health Advisory Committee in relation to school-based alcohol interventions for children and young people 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Provided expert testimony (presentation and report) on drinking behaviour in the millennial generation to National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) Public Health Advisory Committee. This was in relation to their development of new guidelines on alcohol school-based interventions for children and young people.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Press release: More than one in ten 14-year-olds admit to binge drinking 
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 Based on the Millennium Cohort Study age 14 survey, a briefing paper and press release examining risk taking behaviours among teenagers were issued to the media. The press release focused on the rates of participation in drinking, smoking and drug-taking specifically. It highlighted variations by gender, UK country and other background factors. These findings were covered by national media, including in print in The Times, Telegraph and Daily Mail and Metro, and PI Emla Fitzsimons was interviewed on BBC Radio 4's You & Yours. Many regional papers also covered the story.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.cls.ioe.ac.uk/news.aspx?itemid=4675&itemTitle=More+than+one+in+ten+14-year-olds+admit+to+...
 
Description Press release: One in five young people obese at age 14 
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 One in five young people born in the UK at the turn of the century was obese by the age of 14, and a further 15 per cent were found to be overweight. Researchers from the Centre for Longitudinal Studies (CLS) at the UCL Institute of Education analysed information on more than 10,000 teenagers who are taking part in the Millennium Cohort Study. These latest findings reinforce the importance of plans from UK governments to tackle the childhood obesity epidemic over the coming years. Professor Emla Fitzsimons took part in a debate on BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour with presenter, Jenni Murray, and Dr Benedetta Pongiglione was interviewed for a Brazilian news programme, 'Fala Brasil' for the Record TV channel. The press release was picked up by BBC News online, The Times, Daily Mail, The Sun, Daily Mirror, Daily Telegraph, Daily Express, iNews and various regional radio stations and online news websites. The research was also featured in the Department of Health Childhood Obesity Plan email update.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.cls.ioe.ac.uk/news.aspx?itemid=4662&itemTitle=One+in+five+young+people+obese+at+age+14&si...
 
Description Press release: One in four girls is depressed at age 14, new study reveals 
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 New research shows a quarter of girls (24%) and one in 10 boys (9%) are depressed at age 14. Researchers from the UCL Institute of Education and the University of Liverpool analysed information on more than 10,000 children born in 2000-01 who are taking part in the Millennium Cohort Study. At ages 3, 5, 7, 11 and 14, parents reported on their children's mental health. Then, when they reached 14, the children were themselves asked questions about their depressive symptoms. Based on the 14-year-olds reporting of their emotional problems, 24 per cent of girls and 9 per cent of boys suffer from depression. The lead author, Dr Praveetha Patalay was interviewed about the research on BBC Breakfast TV, Radio 4's Today programme, BBC Radio Five Live, for BBC primetime TV news, and the ITV Lunchtime news. The research was also covered on BBC Radio 2 and LBC radio, as well as on TV news shows, including the BBC Two's Victoria Derbyshire show, Channel 4 News and Channel 5 news. The press release was picked up by The Times, The Guardian, Daily Mail, The Sun, Daily Telegraph, Independent, TES, Huffington Post and NHS Choices website. The research was widely shared and discussed on website comment boards, and via social media. The BBC online news article received 452 comments, and a Guardian opinion piece, based on the research findings, was shared 5,530 times and received 1,124 comments.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2006,2017
URL http://www.cls.ioe.ac.uk/news.aspx?itemid=4646&itemTitle=One+in+four+girls+is+depressed+at+age+14%2c...
 
Description Press release: Reading improves teenagers' vocab, whatever their background, say researchers 
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 A briefing paper, press release and social media content were published to share the Millennium Cohort Study age 14 findings on cognition. These communications highlighted how reading for pleasure helps expand teenagers' vocabulary. Our infographics were cross posted on the UCL Institute of Education's Twitter feed, and one post has notched up 464 retweets and 403 likes to date (to end of February 2018). According to Edurank (a social media measurement tool for the education sector) this tweet was the education sector's most popular tweet in November. Off the back of this work, one grammar school English teacher has been in touch with us to enquire if UCL runs any seminars on the subject of reading for pleasure and we are now actively considering how we might take these findings out to a wider audience of teachers.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.cls.ioe.ac.uk/news.aspx?itemid=4657&itemTitle=Reading+improves+teenagers%e2%80%99+vocab%2...
 
Description Press release: Teenage girls set their sights on lower paying jobs than boys, new research finds 
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 Based on the Millennium Cohort Study age 14 survey, a briefing paper and press release were issued to the media exploring the differences in teenage boys and teenage girls aspirations for a university education and for their future careers. The findings revealed that, while teenage girls were more likely than teenage boys to have high hopes of going to university and having a professional or managerial occupation, boys were aiming than girls when it came to future earnings. The story was covered by the Telegraph online.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.cls.ioe.ac.uk/news.aspx?itemid=4665&itemTitle=Teenage+girls+set+their+sights+on+lower+pay...
 
Description Press release: Teenagers shun homework for social media and video games, new survey finds 
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 Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact We issued a press release to share the high level findings from the newly deposited time-use diary and accelerometer data collected through the MCS age 14 survey. The press release revealed how teenagers were far more likely to spend time on social media and gaming after school than on their homework. The story was covered by TES and was also shared on a range of websites, including Myscience.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.cls.ioe.ac.uk/news.aspx?itemid=4698&itemTitle=Teenagers+shun+homework+for+social+media+an...
 
Description Public Health England - Annual Conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Invited speaker at Public Health England Annual Conference, 'Children's mental illness and wellbeing - findings from the Millennium Cohort Study', September 2018. Received requests for further information afterwards
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Public Health England - Special Interest Group on children and young people's mental health 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact The Green Paper: Transforming children and young people's mental health made a recommendation for Public Health England to convene a special interest group bringing together academics, practitioners and professionals to identify key prevention evidence relating to children and young people's mental health, its relevance to practice and to highlight gaps and make recommendations for these to be addressed through further research. Given my expertise in this area, I was invited to be a member of this Special Interest Group. The SIG met on a total of 3 occasions during 2018/19 and is playing an important role in steering an initial programme of work on this area,
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018,2019
 
Description Request from neighbourhood police recruiting charity (Police Now) for data for PR campaign 
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 Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact We responded to a request from Police Now, a charity which recruits graduates to become neighbourhood police officers, for data that would help with a campaign they were working on. We provided data, from the Millennium Cohort Study, about children's and teenagers' career aspirations, including the popularity of 'police officer' as a dream job among this cohort. Police Now used this data to write a news brief, which they planned to issue in March.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description SLLS Conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact Two presentations at the annual Society for Longitudinal and Lifecourse Studies conference, held in Stirling. I organised a special session on the MCS6 (age 14) Initial Findings, in which five MCS papers were presented. I also presented a paper at an additional session.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Seminar: Reading for pleasure 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact CLS hosted an event at Hanover Primary School in Islington, London. Following the impact of CLS's reading for pleasure research based on BCS70, CLS pursued further engagement in local schools. Jack Sloan, Deputy Head of Hanover, was active on Guardian reading for pleasure blogs and has worked with the IOE before. CLS approached him to collaborate.

This event has the aim of disseminating research to a non-academic audience, such as the children, parents, schoolteachers and the like. We are going to discuss some of the research relating to reading for pleasure, and how to promote it within the home. Prof Alice Sullivan and Dr Sam Parsons presented findings from MCS and BCS70 on the importance of reading to child development and adult outcomes to parents and teachers, while Pamela Butchart and William Grill (both children's authors) carried out workshops with the pupils.

Approximately 97 children, 69 parents/carers, and 30 members of staff attended the event.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.cls.ioe.ac.uk/Conference.aspx?itemid=4394&itemTitle=Reading+for+Pleasure+Event+%28private...
 
Description Social media content: risk taking activities among 14-year-olds 
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 A series of infographic-based posts were created for the CLS Twitter feed to highlight different aspects of the Millennium Cohort Study age 14 findings on teenage risky behaviours.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Submission of written evidence to All-Party Parliamentary Group enquiry on impact on social media on young people's mental health and 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 Response to a call for submission of written evidence to All-Party Parliamentary Group enquiry on impact on social media on young people's mental health and wellbeing. This drew heavily on the Millennium Cohort Study and the data available for examining this question.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Tweets promoting the MCS Age 14 time use data and accelerometer blog 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact The CLS twitter account featured a couple of tweets to promote the publication of Dr Emily Gilbert's blog on the MCS time use diary and acceleromete data deposit. The tweets made over 3,000 impressions and had a combined 48 engagements including 9 retweets, 5 likes, and 1 reply.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://twitter.com/CLScohorts
 
Description UKRI Infrastructure Roadmap Event 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Supporters
Results and Impact Workshop organised by CLOSER to discuss and promote the strategic importance of longitudinal data in UKRI landscape.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description UNICEF Cohort and Longitudinal Symposium 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact I was part of two panels showcasing the MCS to an international set of PIs of longitudinal studies - covering developed and developing countries - along with other academics.

After my talks I was approached by the PI of 'Birth to Twenty' (South Africa) to be part of a conference there in November 2015
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Wales Presentation 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact An invited presentation on the Millennium Cohort Study - contents and key findings to date - at the University of Cardiff
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://the-sra.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/millenium-cohort-study-emla-fitzsimons.pdf
 
Description Webinar: Introduction to the Millennium Cohort Study 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact This webinar introduced the Millennium Cohort Study to both first-time and more experienced data users, with a focus on the age 11 and age 14 surveys. It gave attendees the opportunity to hear from those with years of experience using this study, and the chance to ask them questions about the data. There were 117 registrations for this event. Delegates scored it an 8/10 on satisfaction and a 7/10 on relevance.

A video of the webinar was made available via CLS's website and Youtube channel. It has had 50 views to as of 4 February 2016.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.cls.ioe.ac.uk/Conference.aspx?itemid=4373&itemTitle=Webinar%3a+Introduction+to+the+Millen...
 
Description Webinar: Introduction to the Millennium Cohort Study and the Age 14 Survey 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact The webinar aimed to introduce the Millennium Cohort Study to both first-time and more experienced users. It had a particular focus on the newly-available data from the age 14 survey. It gave attendees the opportunity to hear from experts who have been working on and using the data for many years, and the chance to ask them questions about the data.
There were 147 registrations for this event. Delegates scored it an 8.5/10 on satisfaction and a 9/10 on relevance. A video of the webinar was made available via CLS's website and Youtube channel.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.cls.ioe.ac.uk/Conference.aspx?itemid=4567&itemTitle=Webinar%3a+Introduction+to+the+Millen...
 
Description Webinar: New data from the Millennium Cohort Study 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact This webinar introduced users to the new time use diary and accelerometer data collected during the Age 14 sweep of the Millennium Cohort Study. The session was split into 3 sessions. The first focused on a general introduction to the study and the new data as well as an update of the MCS6 data. The second focused on the data structure and handling. The final session looked ahead and gave an update on the MCS Age 17 sweep. The webinar had 60 registrations.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.cls.ioe.ac.uk/Conference.aspx?itemid=4697&itemTitle=Webinar%3a+New+data+from+the+Millenni...
 
Description Webinar: UK Data Service: an introduction to data on education 
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 Talk sparked interest in UKDS data relating to education, and increased awareness of how to access data

Received very positive feedback on the webinar, e.g. "it served its purpose admirably"
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://ukdataservice.ac.uk/news-and-events/eventsitem/?id=4009
 
Description Website: MCS participant-facing website and social media 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact CLS designed and built a participant-facing website for MCS study members and their families. The purpose of the website is to provide feedback to study members on the findings and impact of the study, as well as to provide important information about upcoming surveys and how they can update their contact details. Study members can also access any information that has been sent to them by post, the study's other main communication channel. An animated video, interactive study timeline and infographics of descriptive statistics were developed to provide a more engaging way of providing the information to study members. To date the site has had 5,699 visitors and 20,240 unique pageviews.

CLS also set up a Facebook page and Twitter account to engage with study members via social media. Quarterly social media campaigns update cohort members and their families on recent findings from the study, and encourage them to update their contact details. The Facebook page has 444 likes and the Twitter account has 166 followers.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL http://www.childnc.net
 
Description Workshop: Introduction to the Millennium Cohort Study 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact This workshop introduces the Millennium Cohort Study (MCS) to both first-time and more experienced data users, with a focus on the age 11 and age 14 surveys. It includes a computer-based training session that gives participants the opportunity to analyse the data under the guidance of experienced users.

The workshop was fully booked with 25 delegates. They scored it an average of 8/10 on both satisfaction and relevance.

Some comments included:

The STATA coding was excellent.

An excellent course that gave me a better understanding of how I could use MCS in the future.

Everything was very useufl as I am new to the MCS data. Workshop was a great idea. Many things are much clearer now and I feel more confident in trying to work with these data.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.cls.ioe.ac.uk/Conference.aspx?itemid=3258&itemTitle=Training+workshop%3a+Introduction+to+...