Understanding Society: The UK Household Longitudinal Study extension for Wave 12

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

Abstract

Understanding Society: the UK Household Longitudinal Study is the largest household panel study in the world, designed to address key scientific and policy questions of the 21st century. It collects high quality annual longitudinal data on individuals of all ages in households representative of the UK population. Such data enable researchers to explore the experiences, causes and consequences of changes in people's lives - their family structure, health, income, expenditure, employment and housing. The Study has additional samples for the detailed exploration of the circumstances of key immigrant and ethnic minority groups; and collects data on cognition, objective measures of health and genetics to understand how people's health and wider circumstances interact. Increasingly we have been able to secure linkage to contextual information for places and organisations, and with consent, to individual level data including administrative records, social media and commercial information. Additionally, the Study experiments with innovative ways of collecting data to continually improve the content and quality of data available. Finally, we invest in supporting researchers and working with policy makers to ensure the research based on these data is used to inform policy and practice.

The Study began in 2008 with the Innovation Panel (IP), which tests methods, and the first main wave of fieldwork started in 2009. It builds on and incorporates the British Household Panel Survey (BHPS), which means for some families we have annual information from 1991. To date, seven waves of the main Study and nine waves of the IP, as well as data collected from a nurse visit, are deposited in the UK Data Service. Data collection and planning are ongoing for Waves 9-11 and IP11-12; IP10 and Wave 8 data will be released in 2018. This bid covers the costs of data collection for Wave 12 of the main Study and IP13 and 14, and associated activities.

In Wave 12 we will continue to push web-first data collection within our mixed mode framework to reduce costs while maintaining response rates and data quality. We are funding Methodological Fellowships to support this. Additionally, in IP13 and 14 we will experiment with other ways of collecting and harvesting data - for example between-wave surveys, apps, scanning till receipts - to expand the research opportunities available. We are also reaching out to other potential respondents: those whom we lost in BHPS where we can find them, and the partners of people in the Study who do not live in the same households. Finally, we will be trying to understand why people who emigrant do so by interviewing such groups as they leave the Study, and also we will interview family members when a respondent moves into a care home.

Policy and research agendas are constantly evolving, and it is important in a longitudinal study to balance creating long series of the same data with including new questions that address emerging topics. For Wave 12 we are reviewing whether our survey adequately captures the way in which technology impacts on different aspects of our lives. We have appointed a number of experts - Topic Champions - to improve the content of the survey and the way we present the data to users. We also aim to focus on developing our content in childhood, which is limited at present.

Supporting researchers in universities, government, third sector and businesses to use the data effectively is fundamental to the success of the Study. We have a Policy Unit that directly works with government departments and third sector organisations to help them use Understanding Society data, and we undertake a wide range of activities to promote findings based on the Study to policy users. We are planning a range of international events to promote effective comparative research, especially in relation to policy analysis using the Study. We are also funding Policy Fellowships to promote the policy impact of the Study.

Planned Impact

Understanding Society is a valuable longitudinal resource that addresses key social and policy issues. The Study is beneficial to academic staff and students in the UK and abroad in three ways. First it is a unique resource for investigating the short and long run causes and consequences of changes in individuals' and families' income, education, housing, employment, behaviour and health. Second, findings from the data contribute to knowledge in ways that inspire new lines of research. Third, there is a strong focus in Understanding Society on the need for rigour in survey design and methods, and as a result the Study is at the cutting edge of methodological advancement in longitudinal studies, which benefits survey organisations and funders of surveys and research.

Non-academic beneficiaries include a wide range of organisations and stakeholders listed below; the Impact Fellow and Policy Unit work directly with them to raise awareness and capacity to use the data, as well as to generate research that leads to policy impact, and to promote impact.
o Government researchers, politicians and policy makers. The data supports important research in a broad set of policy areas, and is used for statutory reporting by a number of government departments. Key areas where important impacts are emerging include the responsibilities of the devolved governments of Scotland and Wales, as well as Whitehall departments such as DH, DWP, DfE, DfT, MHCLG, DEFRA, Home Office and BEIS. Co-Funding Government departments are directed supported in their use of the Study.
o Government executive agencies, non-departmental public bodies, parliamentary select committees, and supported research centres also use the Study's data and findings, e.g. ONS, Public Health England, Financial Conduct Authority, Bank of England, What Works centres, the Low Pay Commission, etc.
o EU policy-makers and the international policy community. Findings will be relevant to other countries, either directly, if generalisability can be assumed, or indirectly by inspiring new lines of thought and comparative investigation.
o Local government officers, councillors and consortia are responsible for different services that are addressed by the Study - such as public health, social housing, social care, education, policing, recreation and recycling - and have influence over others through local development frameworks, transport plans, planning decisions and potential new powers with increasing devolution.
o Third sector organisations, think tanks, charities and independent and private research organisations. Many organisations of this type, such as the Nuffield Foundation, Joseph Rowntree Foundation, MIND, AgeUK, the Children's Society, are employing data from the Study in their work. Our Research Voucher scheme is expanding use in this sector.
o Private sector businesses. Findings on a range of aspects of individual behaviour and decision making and changes in societal outcomes will be relevant to market research, evaluating initiatives, location strategies and corporate responsibility plans. We have held joint workshops and projects with the financial sector, and two large businesses use Understanding Society data as benchmarks to compare their achievements with (housing and wellbeing). Equally, methodological challenges the Study faces are relevant to commercial market research and data analytic companies, and shared projects and learning are planned.
o General public. Members of the general public will have an interest in Study findings. We are planning a number of public engagement activities and media collaborations to promote public understanding of social science drawing on the data and findings from the Study.

Policy impacts have already occurred on the Study and will continue to develop with evidence from the Study increasingly incorporated into policy debates, although impacts on policy and practice will take longer to filter through the policy process.
 
Description (6th April 2021) Call with Open Innovation Team (Louis Coiffait) to share expert opinion on the education systems' recovery from C19 - how inputs from schools, parents, children interact; university applications (Birgita Rabe)
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Implementation circular/rapid advice/letter to e.g. Ministry of Health
 
Description 2021 Methods conference presentation
Geographic Reach Multiple continents/international 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact Participation in this conference has contributed to UKHLS potential users to open up to new ways of thinking about the pregnancy and early childhood data we collect. In additon, it has been an excelent channel to build networks with the research community working on child development topics. We have had several external requests to access the PEACH file-beta version, receiving encouraging comments as an extremely useful dataset.
URL https://gtr.ukri.org/projects?ref=ES%2FS007253%2F1
 
Description 6 April 2021: Call with Open Innovation Team (Louis Coiffait) to share expert opinion on the education systems' recovery from C19 - focus on child wellbeing, among others
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Implementation circular/rapid advice/letter to e.g. Ministry of Health
 
Description Bright Blue think tank uses our data in report on Covid and Universal Credit
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Citation in other policy documents
URL http://www.brightblue.org.uk/beyond-the-safety-net/
 
Description Bright Blue think tank uses our data in report on Universal Credit
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Citation in other policy documents
URL http://www.brightblue.org.uk/benefit-to-all/
 
Description CITATION (26th august 2021): 'Children's well-being during COVID' The Children's Society's: The Good Childhood Report 2021
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Citation in other policy documents
URL https://www.childrenssociety.org.uk/information/professionals/resources/good-childhood-report-2021
 
Guideline Title Universal vaccination of children and young people aged 12 to 15 years against COVID-19
Description Chief Medical Officer Professor Chris Whitty cites ISER research in recommendation to introduce vaccines for 12-15 year olds (Blanden J, Crawford C, Rabe B, Fumagalli L)
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Citation in clinical guidelines
Impact Chief Medical Officer Professor Chris Whitty cites ISER research in recommendation to introduce vaccines for 12-15 year olds https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/universal-vaccination-of-children-and-young-people-aged-12-to-15-years-against-covid-19/key-published-inputs-to-the-uk-cmos-advice-on-universal-vaccination-of-children-and-young-people-aged-12-to-15-years-against-covid-19
URL https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/universal-vaccination-of-children-and-young-people-aged-1...
 
Description Citation in Parliamentary Office for Science and Technology briefing on skills and training
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Citation in other policy documents
URL https://researchbriefings.files.parliament.uk/documents/POST-PN-0659/POST-PN-0659.pdf
 
Description Department for Education research on parental working patterns
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Gave evidence to a government review
 
Description Expectations of Welsh young adults (16 to 21) pertaining to their future
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Implementation circular/rapid advice/letter to e.g. Ministry of Health
 
Description Findings of paper on UK COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy (Behaviour, Brain & Immunity, 2021), influencing government policy on topic.
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Citation in other policy documents
Impact The research in our paper, on the correlates of vaccine hesitancy among the UK population, influenced government SAGE committee deliberations on the topic during the early roll out of the vaccines (graph from mentioned paper included).
URL https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/9527...
 
Description Health and Social Care Committee inquiry: Children and young people's mental health
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Gave evidence to a government review
URL https://committees.parliament.uk/work/1001/children-and-young-peoples-mental-health/publications/
 
Description House of Commons Public Accounts Committee inquiry: COVID-19: Free School Meals Voucher Scheme
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Gave evidence to a government review
URL https://committees.parliament.uk/work/848/covid19-free-school-meals-voucher-scheme/publications/
 
Description House of Commons Public Accounts Committee inquiry: COVID-19: Supporting the vulnerable during lockdown
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Gave evidence to a government review
URL https://committees.parliament.uk/work/1003/covid19-supporting-the-vulnerable-during-lockdown/publica...
 
Description House of Commons Research Briefing on Flexible Working
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Gave evidence to a government review
Impact Two related briefing were produced for parliamentarians: one by the House of Commons Library and one by the Parlimantary Office for Science and Technology. The Government is currently consulting on changing to flexible working regulations. See: https://commonslibrary.parliament.uk/research-briefings/cbp-9391/ https://post.parliament.uk/the-impact-of-remote-and-flexible-working-arrangements/
URL https://commonslibrary.parliament.uk/research-briefings/cbp-9391/
 
Description House of Commons Treasury Committee inquiry: An Equal Recovery
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Gave evidence to a government review
URL https://committees.parliament.uk/work/1218/an-equal-recovery/publications/
 
Description House of Lords Built Environment Committee inquiry: Meeting the UK's housing demand
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Gave evidence to a government review
URL https://committees.parliament.uk/work/1328/meeting-the-uks-housing-demand/publications/
 
Description House of Lords COVID-19 Committee
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Gave evidence to a government review
URL https://committees.parliament.uk/publications/5537/documents/56741/default/
 
Description House of Lords COVID-19 Committee inquiry: The long-term impact of the pandemic on towns and cities
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Gave evidence to a government review
URL https://committees.parliament.uk/work/1229/the-longterm-impact-of-the-pandemic-on-towns-and-cities/p...
 
Description House of Lords COVID-19 Committee, references What Works Centre for Wellbeing publication using our data
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Gave evidence to a government review
URL https://publications.parliament.uk/pa/ld5801/ldselect/ldcvd19/263/263.pdf
 
Description House of Lords Economic Committee report on Employment and COVID-19
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Gave evidence to a government review
URL https://committees.parliament.uk/work/480/employment-and-covid19/publications/
 
Description House of Lords Environment and Climate Change Committee inquiry: Mobilising action on climate change and environment: behaviour change
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Gave evidence to a government review
URL https://committees.parliament.uk/work/1621/mobilising-action-on-climate-change-and-environment-behav...
 
Description Joined the Interdisciplinary Child Well-Being Network, which aims to bring together academics and non-academics who study the impact of the COVID crisis on children from a wide range of disciplines. (Birgitta Rabe)
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Membership of a guideline committee
URL https://icwbn.wp.st-andrews.ac.uk/
 
Description March 2021: Submission to call for evidence from the Public Accounts Committee
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Gave evidence to a government review
URL https://committees.parliament.uk/call-for-evidence/401/
 
Description National consultation on gambling data and research gaps commissioned by Action Against Gambling Harm
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a national consultation
URL https://actionagainstgamblingharms.org/
 
Description Our data used by Bank of England Monetary Policy Committee
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Citation in other policy documents
URL https://www.bankofengland.co.uk/monetary-policy-report/2021/november-2021
 
Description Our data used for Resolution Foundation report on retraining and career change
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Citation in other policy documents
URL https://www.resolutionfoundation.org/publications/can-training-help-workers-change-their-stripes/
 
Description Our data used for Social Mobility Commission poverty report
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Citation in other policy documents
URL https://socialmetricscommission.org.uk/measuring-poverty-2020/
 
Description Our data used in Carnegie UK report on gross domestic wellbeing
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Citation in other policy documents
URL https://www.carnegieuktrust.org.uk/publications/gross-domestic-wellbeing-gdwe-an-alternative-measure...
 
Description Our data used in End Furniture Poverty report on social housing
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Citation in other policy documents
URL https://endfurniturepoverty.org/research/no-place-like-home-download/
 
Description Our data used in Health Foundation report on Covid and employment
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Citation in other policy documents
URL https://www.health.org.uk/publications/long-reads/unemployment-and-mental-health
 
Description Our data used in IFS report on Covid and inequality
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Citation in other policy documents
URL https://ifs.org.uk/publications/15816
 
Description Our data used in IFS report on poverty and living standards
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Citation in other policy documents
URL https://ifs.org.uk/publications/15512
 
Description Our data used in Institute for Fiscal Studies report on inheritances and social mobility
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Citation in other policy documents
URL https://ifs.org.uk/publications/15407
 
Description Our data used in NatCen report on furlough and mental health
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Citation in other policy documents
URL https://www.natcen.ac.uk/our-research/research/exploring-the-relationship-between-economic-security,...
 
Description Our data used in Resolution Foundation labour market report
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Citation in other policy documents
URL https://www.resolutionfoundation.org/publications/labour-market-outlook-q2-2021/
 
Description Our data used in Social Mobility Commission research on causes and impact of downward social mobility
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Citation in other policy documents
URL https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/changing-gears-understanding-downward-social-mobility
 
Description Our data used in Work Foundation report on hybrid and remote working
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Citation in other policy documents
URL https://www.lancaster.ac.uk/media/lancaster-university/content-assets/documents/lums/work-foundation...
 
Description Our data used in report on COVID-19 and London economy
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Citation in other policy documents
URL https://www.smf.co.uk/publications/london-coronavirus-economy-tracker-april-2021/
 
Description Our data used in report on social fabric by Onward think tank
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Citation in other policy documents
URL https://www.ukonward.com/reports/the-state-of-our-social-fabric/
 
Description Our data used in report on teaching labour market by industry body
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Citation in other policy documents
URL https://www.nfer.ac.uk/teacher-labour-market-in-england-2021/
 
Description Parliamentary briefing on flexible and hybrid working
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Citation in other policy documents
Impact The UK government has issued new proposals for making changes to flexible working regulations A report was also commissioned by the Senedd's Economy, Infrastructure and Skills Committee's Inquiry into 'Remote Working: Implications for Wales. https://business.senedd.wales/documents/s500006852/Remote%20working%20report%20Professor%20Alan%20Felstead.pdf
URL https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/making-flexible-working-the-default
 
Description Participation in Goverment Statisical Service Hamonisation network
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a national consultation
URL https://gss.civilservice.gov.uk/about-us/champion-networks/harmonisation-champions/#list-of-champion...
 
Description Politics, political engagement, political efficacy and general election analysis for Scotland
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Implementation circular/rapid advice/letter to e.g. Ministry of Health
 
Description Provide working from home analysis during the pandemic - by sector and region
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Implementation circular/rapid advice/letter to e.g. Ministry of Health
Impact The analysis was designed to inform new contractual arrangement between DfT and transport providers about the scale of service to provide. In terms of BEIS, there is a flexible working policy review currently going on.
URL https://www.understandingsociety.ac.uk/sites/default/files/downloads/general/ukhls_briefingnote_covi...
 
Description Public Accounts Committee inquiry: COVID-19: Education
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Gave evidence to a government review
URL https://committees.parliament.uk/work/1032/covid19-education/publications/
 
Description Scottish Carer's Assistance Discussion Event
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
 
Description Submitted evidence to UK Parliament committees: The impact of school closures on children's wellbeing
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a national consultation
URL https://committees.parliament.uk/writtenevidence/23816/pdf/
 
Description Training for charities on how to use the Understanding Society study
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact Researchers from around 30 charities took part in the course, provided training on: - different types of data and their respective strengths and weaknesses - how to access and manage secondary/open data in general, and privacy and governance - design of Understanding Society, what information is collected and from whom - what is panel data and what types of analysis can be done with it - how Understanding Society data is structured and stored, how to find variables using the interactive online documentation and access the data - how to prepare the data files for analysis, use weights and deal with complex survey design for producing population and group estimates.
URL https://www.understandingsociety.ac.uk/2021/02/12/using-data-to-change-lives
 
Description Unresolved public policy challenges - joint report and event with ONS and NatCen, February 2020
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Citation in other policy documents
URL https://www.natcen.ac.uk/media/1862834/NatCen_Unresolved_Public_Policy_Challenges.pdf
 
Description (COORDINATE) - COhort cOmmunity Research and Development Infrastructure Network for Access Throughout Europe
Amount € 4,988,915 (EUR)
Funding ID 101008589 
Organisation European Commission 
Sector Public
Country European Union (EU)
Start 03/2021 
End 03/2025
 
Description (ECDP) - European Cohort Development Project
Amount € 2,048,880 (EUR)
Funding ID 777449 
Organisation European Commission 
Sector Public
Country European Union (EU)
Start 01/2018 
End 12/2019
 
Description Analysis of a feasibility study for a longitudinal survey of indebted people
Amount £20,297 (GBP)
Organisation Money Advice Service 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 05/2018 
End 03/2020
 
Description CO Evaluation Task Force ESRC Policy Fellowship
Amount £134,994 (GBP)
Funding ID ES/W008955/1 
Organisation Economic and Social Research Council 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 02/2022 
End 08/2023
 
Description Exploration of Statistical Weighting in the Graduate Outcomes Survey
Amount £26,748 (GBP)
Organisation Higher Education Statistical Agency 
Sector Private
Country United Kingdom
Start 03/2021 
End 05/2021
 
Description Pilot Application in Urban Landscapes: Towards integrated city observatories for greenhouse gases (PAUL)
Amount € 13,000,000 (EUR)
Organisation European Commission H2020 
Sector Public
Country Belgium
Start 01/2022 
End 12/2025
 
Description Understanding Society: The UK Household Longitudinal Survey Waves 13-15
Amount £44,619,972 (GBP)
Funding ID ES/T002611/1 
Organisation Economic and Social Research Council 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 07/2020 
End 04/2026
 
Title Understanding Society: COVID-19 Study, 2020-2021 
Description Abstract copyright UK Data Service and data collection copyright owner. 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 Kantar Public and NatCen. It builds on and incorporates, the British Household Panel Survey (BHPS), which began in 1991. The Understanding Society COVID-19 Study, 2020-2021 is a regular survey of households in the UK. The aim of the study is to enable research on the socio-economic and health consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic, in the short and long term. The surveys started in April 2020 and took place monthly until July 2020. From September 2020 onwards they take place every other month until March 2021 and the final wave was field in September 2021. They complement the annual interviews of the Understanding Society study. The data can be linked to data on the same individuals from previous waves of the annual interviews (SN 6614) using the personal identifier pidp. However, the most recent pre-pandemic (2019) annual interviews for all respondents who have taken part in the COVID-19 Study are included as part of this data release. Please refer to the User Guide for further information on linking in this way and for geographical information options. Further information can be found on the Understanding Society COVID-19 website, including Data documentation. A list of Understanding Society COVID-19 Research Outputs (regularly updated) is also available. Latest edition information For the eleventh edition (December 2021), revised April, May, June, July, September, November 2020, January 2021 and March 2021 data files for the adult survey have been deposited. These files have been amended to address issues identified during ongoing quality assurance activities. All documentation has been updated to explain the revisions, and users are advised to consult the documentation for details. In addition new data from the September 2021 web survey have been deposited. MAIN TOPICS The survey contains information about mental and physical health, health behaviours, caring, housing, employment, job search, income, education, family relationships, return to school and children's strength and difficulties questionnaire, young adults' future intentions. The survey also includes data on COVID-19 antibodies analysed from blood samples. 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2020 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact Many publications of various kinds. Major impacts in several dimensions, documented elsewhere. 
URL https://beta.ukdataservice.ac.uk/datacatalogue/studies/study?id=8644
 
Title Understanding Society: COVID-19 Study, 2020: Special Licence Access, School Codes 
Description Understanding Society (the 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 Kantar Public and NatCen. It builds on and incorporates, the British Household Panel Survey (BHPS), which began in 1991. The Understanding Society COVID-19 Study is a regular survey of households in the UK. The aim of the study is to enable research on the socio-economic and health consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic, in the short and long term. The surveys started in April 2020 and took place monthly until July 2020. From September 2020 they take place every other month. They complement the annual interviews in the Understanding Society study.This dataset contains school code variables for the Understanding Society COVID-19 study (SN 8644).A file is provided for the fifth web wave of the Understanding Society COVID-19 study, the only one that school information has currently been gathered for. For each child it contains: state school code, country of state school, private school name and private school town variables for both mother and father responses. A child personal identification serial number (pidp_c) is also provided for matching to the main data in SN 8644.In addition, this dataset contains a file of school code variables that can be matched to a dataset released with the main Understanding Society COVID-19 study containing data taken from waves 10 and 11 of the main Understanding Society survey specifically for the respondents in the Understanding Society COVID-19 study. Child school codes are only available for Wave 11 as they are only collected in odd-numbered waves. For each child it contains the state school code and country of state school variables as well as a personal identification serial number (pidp) and a household identification serial number for wave 11 (jk_hidp). Further details on the files in this dataset can be found in the Understanding Society COVID-19 User Guide.Additional information can be found on the Understanding Society COVID-19 website, including Data documentation. A list of Understanding Society COVID-19 Research Outputs (regularly updated) is also available. New edition informationFor the second edition (January 2021), both previously deposited files have been revised to include a significant number of additional school codes resulting from manual coding. For further details please refer to the UKHLS COVID-19: Data Changes document, included in the main COVID-19 study (SN 8644). 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2021 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact Major impacts in several dimensions, documented elsewhere. 
URL https://beta.ukdataservice.ac.uk/datacatalogue/doi/?id=8730#2
 
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 basis as well as through an overarching governance mechanism. Some departments also fund the study and provide input into various decisions. The group was established in 2008, the membership for which has changed during this period.
Collaborator Contribution Departments fund the study and provide input for various decisions.
Impact See Direct Access entries
Start Year 2020
 
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 basis as well as through an overarching governance mechanism. Some departments also fund the study and provide input into various decisions. The group was established in 2008, the membership for which has changed during this period.
Collaborator Contribution Departments fund the study and provide input for various decisions.
Impact See Direct Access entries
Start Year 2020
 
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 basis as well as through an overarching governance mechanism. Some departments also fund the study and provide input into various decisions. The group was established in 2008, the membership for which has changed during this period.
Collaborator Contribution Departments fund the study and provide input for various decisions.
Impact See Direct Access entries
Start Year 2020
 
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 basis as well as through an overarching governance mechanism. Some departments also fund the study and provide input into various decisions. The group was established in 2008, the membership for which has changed during this period.
Collaborator Contribution Departments fund the study and provide input for various decisions.
Impact See Direct Access entries
Start Year 2020
 
Description Co-funders' Group 
Organisation Government of the UK
Department Department of Health and Social Care
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Understanding Society works closely with each department to ensure that their needs are met on a project basis as well as through an overarching governance mechanism. Some departments also fund the study and provide input into various decisions. The group was established in 2008, the membership for which has changed during this period.
Collaborator Contribution Departments fund the study and provide input for various decisions.
Impact See Direct Access entries
Start Year 2020
 
Description Co-funders' Group 
Organisation Office for National Statistics
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Understanding Society works closely with each department to ensure that their needs are met on a project basis as well as through an overarching governance mechanism. Some departments also fund the study and provide input into various decisions. The group was established in 2008, the membership for which has changed during this period.
Collaborator Contribution Departments fund the study and provide input for various decisions.
Impact See Direct Access entries
Start Year 2020
 
Description Co-funders' Group 
Organisation Welsh Assembly
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Understanding Society works closely with each department to ensure that their needs are met on a project basis as well as through an overarching governance mechanism. Some departments also fund the study and provide input into various decisions. The group was established in 2008, the membership for which has changed during this period.
Collaborator Contribution Departments fund the study and provide input for various decisions.
Impact See Direct Access entries
Start Year 2020
 
Description Establishment of the Understanding Society Policy and Partnerships Forum 
Organisation Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution This is a twice a year forum that will be hosted by the Policy and Partnerships Unit. The purpose of the forum is to strategically guide the Study's engagement, influencing and impact activities. The Forum's advisory role is designed to enable it to be flexible, creative, challenging and informal, and not be incumbered with formal governance and operational performance responsibilities that come with running a large, complex and long-term study such as Understanding Society.
Collaborator Contribution The forum members will:: - Advise on general strategy for knowledge exchange and opportunities for maximising the reach and impact of the Study - Provide a steer on knowledge exchange activities for each year - Provide specific advice on sectoral engagement and development and how to build capacity in data analysis and longitudinal research, particularly in business and third sector organisations - Share experiences and insights on trying to address more complex social and economic issues (i.e. so called 'wicked problems'), and how Understanding Society's multi-topic content could play a role here - Offer pathways and connections to potential individuals and audiences - Act as ambassadors on behalf of Understanding Society
Impact At the first meeting of the Forum a range of short and long-term ideas were suggested to extend the research and potential impact of the Study. These provide a rich agenda item for future forum meeting. Each proposal will be reviewed in the coming months, with a view to further discussion with Forum members.
Start Year 2021
 
Description Member of the Interdisciplinary Child Well-Being Network (https://icwbn.wp.st-andrews.ac.uk/), 
Organisation University of St Andrews
Department School of Geography & Sustainable Development
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution I became a member of the Interdisciplinary Child Well-Being Network, presented at their workshop 'Studying the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on children in Ireland and the United Kingdom' and contributed to a policy brief http://www.cpc.ac.uk/docs/2022_PB67_Covid19_and_childrens_well-being.pdf
Collaborator Contribution Organisation and coordination of the network, workshop and policy note
Impact Workshop Policy note
Start Year 2021
 
Description Missing Data in Longitudinal and Linked Surveys 
Organisation Institute for Fiscal Studies
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Contribution (financial and in terms of human resources) to the organisation of four workshops (three held 07/05/2019, 18/09/2020, 11/12/2020, one forthcoming in Spring 2022) on missing data in longitudinal and linked surveys.
Collaborator Contribution Contribution (financial and in terms of human resources and provision of facilities) to the organisation of four workshops (three held 07/05/2019, 18/09/2020, 11/12/2020, one forthcoming in Spring 2022) on missing data in longitudinal and linked surveys.
Impact This collaboration is multi-disciplinary in that the IFS are economists, whereas Understanding Society has a more social science focus. In addition, the workshops attracted presenters and attendees from the health sciences. In total, 15 researchers have presented their work on missing data in longitudinal and linked surveys in the three workshops held so far. i (jcm) have given two presentations, one 'Utilising representativeness indicators to evaluate non-response and non-linkage biases' (07/05/2019), and the other 'Non-response bias prevention and adjustment in a national longitudinal COVID-19 survey' (11/12/2020; full details in 'engagement activities'). The outcome of these workshops, and therefore of our collaboration with the IFS, has been to increase workshop attendee understanding of the methods used to deal with missing survey data in different academic disciplines.
Start Year 2019
 
Description Proteomic data analysis by O-Link 
Organisation Olink Bioscience
Country Sweden 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Providing Understanding Society blood samples to O-Link for analysis. Further analysis and preparation of data once returned.
Collaborator Contribution Proteomic analysis and return of data.
Impact Proteomic data for use in research.
Start Year 2019
 
Description Understanding Society Event Histories Fellow 
Organisation University of Lincoln
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Overseeing and supporting the Understanding Society event histories fellowship scheme
Collaborator Contribution Research project undertaken by the Fellow
Impact Research project leading to potential working paper, papers, other outputs and impact. Not yet complete.
Start Year 2022
 
Description Understanding Society fieldwork - wave 12 - Kantar (2018 - Still Active) 
Organisation Kantar Group
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Management of the sub-contract with Kantar for the provision of fieldwork services for wave 12 of Understanding Society - partnership working (with NatCen as consortium partners) to deliver the survey.
Collaborator Contribution Delivery of the fieldwork and associated activities for Understanding Society wave 12
Impact See all other outputs, which are dependent on the delivery of fieldwork by our partner agency.
Start Year 2018
 
Description Understanding Society methods fellows 
Organisation University of Cambridge
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Overseeing and supporting the Understanding Society methods fellowship scheme
Collaborator Contribution Research projects undertaken by each of the methods fellows.
Impact Research projects leading to potential working papers, papers, other outputs and impact. Not yet completed.
Start Year 2018
 
Description Understanding Society methods fellows 
Organisation University of Edinburgh
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Overseeing and supporting the Understanding Society methods fellowship scheme
Collaborator Contribution Research projects undertaken by each of the methods fellows.
Impact Research projects leading to potential working papers, papers, other outputs and impact. Not yet completed.
Start Year 2018
 
Description Understanding Society methods fellows 
Organisation University of Lincoln
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Overseeing and supporting the Understanding Society methods fellowship scheme
Collaborator Contribution Research projects undertaken by each of the methods fellows.
Impact Research projects leading to potential working papers, papers, other outputs and impact. Not yet completed.
Start Year 2018
 
Description Understanding Society methods fellows 
Organisation University of Manchester
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Overseeing and supporting the Understanding Society methods fellowship scheme
Collaborator Contribution Research projects undertaken by each of the methods fellows.
Impact Research projects leading to potential working papers, papers, other outputs and impact. Not yet completed.
Start Year 2018
 
Description Understanding Society methods fellows 
Organisation University of Southampton
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Overseeing and supporting the Understanding Society methods fellowship scheme
Collaborator Contribution Research projects undertaken by each of the methods fellows.
Impact Research projects leading to potential working papers, papers, other outputs and impact. Not yet completed.
Start Year 2018
 
Description Understanding Society policy fellows 
Organisation Cardiff University
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Overseeing and supporting the Understanding Society policy fellowship scheme
Collaborator Contribution Research projects undertaken by each of the policy fellows.
Impact Research projects leading to potential working papers, papers, other outputs and impact. Not yet completed.
Start Year 2018
 
Description Understanding Society policy fellows 
Organisation Newcastle University
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Overseeing and supporting the Understanding Society policy fellowship scheme
Collaborator Contribution Research projects undertaken by each of the policy fellows.
Impact Research projects leading to potential working papers, papers, other outputs and impact. Not yet completed.
Start Year 2018
 
Description Understanding Society policy fellows 
Organisation University of Oxford
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Overseeing and supporting the Understanding Society policy fellowship scheme
Collaborator Contribution Research projects undertaken by each of the policy fellows.
Impact Research projects leading to potential working papers, papers, other outputs and impact. Not yet completed.
Start Year 2018
 
Description University of Exeter - epigenetics 
Organisation University of Exeter
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Leading the collaboration and providing the blood samples to Exeter.
Collaborator Contribution Analysis of blood samples for epigenetics, return of data to the team.
Impact Data returned to the team.
Start Year 2019
 
Description Working Families Academic Advisory Board 
Organisation Working Families
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution This is a collaboration with Working Families to: - share relevant research and signpost gaps in the evidence base - contribute insights to policy debates and government consultations - advise on Working Families' research, such as the Modern Families Index and Employers Benchmark - share opportunities for research collaboration - provide a conduit between academic research and policy and practice
Collaborator Contribution Working Families provides a forum for researchers to translate their research into impact and policy work, and to network with each other and Working Families.
Impact Development of the Modern Families Index Submission to the government's consultation on changes to flexible working policy
Start Year 2021
 
Description Podcast on 'Data linkage and sharing' recorded for the European Survey Research Association 2021 conference 
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 A podcast recorded for the European Survey Research Association 2021 conference of Annette Jackle in discussion with Emanuela Sala and Florian Keusch, about what we have learnt in recent years about how to ask respondents to do more than answer survey questions, for example data linkage & using apps to collect data. The podcast was broadcast as part of the online conference programme and continues to be available on Youtube.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k9Q-m2H-YOE&t=1s
 
Description (19th May 2021): Open Innovation Team meeting, topic: piece of work for the DfE on how best to use time in the school day, including possibilities for an extended school day, and other catch-up measures. With Olivia O'Sullivan. (Birgitta Rabe) 
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 Open Innovation Team: meeting 19.5.2021, topic: piece of work for the DfE on how best to use time in the school day, including possibilities for an extended school day, and other catch-up measures. Olivia O'Sullivan
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description (5th May 2021): Education system recovery and resilience: a Nuffield Foundation roundtable for the Open Innovation Team (BIrgitta Rabe) 
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 Education system recovery and resilience: a Nuffield Foundation roundtable for the Open Innovation Team
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Advice to HESA on analysis of the Graduate Outcomes Survey 
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 Provided advice to the Higher Education Statistics Agency on estimation methods for the Graduate Outcomes Survey. The statistics are used to evaluate the HE sector as a whole and by individual HE institutions to influence marketing, targeting and practice. As a result, HESA decided to produce estimates in the way we recommended.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.hesa.ac.uk/files/ISER-Graduate-Outcomes-weighting-report-20210720.pdf
 
Description Advice to MoJ on Impact Feasibility for Digital Services Evaluation 
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 A meeting on MS Teams to provide advice on Impact Feasibility for Digital Services Evaluation to the Ministry of Justice, with additional comments sent subsequently by email.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Article for WEF 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Article for World Economic Forum website 'Young and ethnic minority workers were hardest hit at the start of COVID, but not anymore'. Based on research using the UKHLS COVID-19 survey.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2021/11/young-ethnic-minority-workers-covid-gender-recovery/
 
Description BLOG (15th March 2021): Economics Observatory: How have school closures affected children's mental health? 
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 for Economics Observatory with JO BLANDEN, CLAIRE CRAWFORD, BIRGITTA RABE, LAURA FUMAGALLI
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.economicsobservatory.com/how-have-school-closures-affected-childrens-mental-health
 
Description Conference presentation at the European Survey Research Association conference 2021 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Conference presentation on "How do survey respondents decide whether to consent to data linkage?" presented online to an international audience of survey researchers from the academic, private, government and third sector.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Data4Good Festival - Using Understanding Society Data (led by Piotr Marzec and Catherine McDonald) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact The presentation, part of a wider data festival provided participants an introduction to Understanding Society, including its new Covid-19 survey, with a view to raising awareness of the Study and encouraging its use amongst third sector organisations and local authorities. Participants were interested in whether Understanding Society data could be used for particular purposes, with this feedback provided during the event. The longer term impact of this type of outreach activity, e.g. participants becoming new users is likely to happen over a longer period.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://data4goodfest.org.uk/
 
Description EVENT (14th October 2021): Participation at ESRC-GSR: Actionable Insights Seminar Series: Seminar 5 - Effective Public Services 
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 This seminar focused on:
• Educational outcomes for different groups, such as socio-economic background, gender and ethnicity
• Impacts of social distancing, home schooling and exam cancellations
• Actionable insights on how to mitigate the impact of COVID-19
• Longer-term implications for social mobility
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://solace.org.uk/actionable-insights-policy-seminars/
 
Description EVENT (25 February 2021): Speaker at UCL/CEPEO (Centre for Education Policy and Equalising Opportunities seminar (Claire Crawford): Impact of school closures on parent and child wellbeing. 
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 Claire Crawford presented a seminar at UCL/CEPEO (Centre for Education Policy and Equalising Opportunities) on 25.2.2021. Discussing Impact of school closures on parent and child wellbeing. About 100 attendees, including many policy makers
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.ucl.ac.uk/ioe/events/2021/feb/virtual-event-impact-school-closures-parent-and-child-well...
 
Description EVENT (25th-29th October 2021): Presented at NCRM 2021 Research Methods e-Festival (Emilia Del Bono, Adeline Delavande, Meena Kumari, Anna Dearman) 
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 MiSoC researchers, Emilia Del Bono, Adeline Delavande, Meena Kumari, Anna Dearman presented at the NCRM 2021 Research Methods e-Festival
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.ncrm.ac.uk/RMeF2021/home.php
 
Description EVENT (26th October 2021): Presented at OIT organised seminar on mental health in the HMG C19 Seminar series. Presentation: School closures and family mental health and wellbeing 
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 OIT organised seminar on mental health in the HMG C19 Seminar series. Presentation: School closures and family mental health and wellbeing. Around 80 people attending Over a third of sign-ups were from DHSC. Over 20 different departments and bodies were represented including, but not limited to: DfE, BEIS, DLUHC, Scottish/Welsh Government, Cabinet Office, MoJ, UK HSA and the Government Equalities Office.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description EVENT (28th January 2022): Understanding Society Insights presentation 'The emotional and behavioural effects of school closures on children' 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Birgitta Rabe Understanding Society Insights presentation: 'The emotional and behavioural effects of school closures on children ' - 90 attendees.
On youtube: https://youtu.be/9NByQ7wyYrM
Afterwards one of the delegates asked for slides for her to share in her team at Public Health Scotland
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL https://www.understandingsociety.ac.uk/events/2022/01/28/understanding-society-insights-2022
 
Description EVENT (29th November 2021): Presentation at AERA-OECD webinar 'How education fared during the first wave of Covid-19 lockdowns?' 
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 On November 29, AERA and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) held an international forum, "How Education Fared During the First Wave of COVID-19 Lockdowns? International Evidence," drawing an audience of more than 1,600 researchers, policy experts, and practitioners from 86 countries.

Forum participants examined the findings and implications of a new OECD report, Schooling During a Pandemic. The report provides the first synthesis of high-quality studies on student learning and well-being during the first wave of COVID-19 lockdowns (March-June 2020), coming mainly from France, Germany, Ireland, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

Interview from IQ magazine afterwards.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.aera.net/Newsroom/AERA-Highlights-E-newsletter/AERA-Highlights-November-2021/AERA-and-OE...
 
Description EVENT (8th September 2021): Participation at the Interdisciplinary Child Well-Being Network workshop '"COVID-19 crisis and children's economic well-being, education and mental health in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland (Birgitta Rabe) 
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 Interdisciplinary Child Well-Being Network workshop on the COVID-19 crisis and children's economic well-being, education and mental health in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCN8v2tvtuiYcHScJI2Jl9tw
 
Description Event (1-2 September 2021): Presenter at 2nd Joint IZA & Jacobs Center Workshop: Consequences of Covid-19 for Child and Youth Development, "School Closures and Children's Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties" 
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 Presenter at IZA/Jacobs Centre worshop: "School Closures and Children's Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties"
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://conference.iza.org/conference_files/covid_2021/invitation.html
 
Description Event (22-24 September 2021): Panelist on the Policy Panel on Ways Out of the Education Crisis Triggered by School Closures during the Pandemic at the 6th IZA Workshop: The Economics of Education (Birgitta Rabe) 
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 Panelist on the Policy Panel on Ways Out of the Education Crisis Triggered by School Closures during the Pandemic at the 6th IZA Workshop: The Economics of Education
'Children's mental health and education recovery'
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://conference.iza.org/conference_files/edu_2021/viewProgram?conf_id=3392
 
Description Event: Transport for West Midlands Cycling Charter Group 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact To examine how further walking and cycling could be encouraged in Coventry and Warwickshire to tackle climate change and improve public health. This research was undertaken in collaboration with Transport for West Midlands and Coventry and Warwickshire Councils. As part of the government's active travel strategy, funding for local initiatives, and the planned creation of Active Travel England, the research will feed into local policy and initiatives.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Health studies users conference 
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 Understanding Society and example of research from the dataset. Event designed to promote the use of the dataset and build capacity in biosocial research.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Highlight, magazine for youth participants 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact Print magazine for younger participants aged 10-14 years. Summarised key research using the Understanding Society youth data.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description IFS / Understanding Society workshops on Missing Data in Longitudinal and Linked Surveys * 3 (07/05/2019, 18/09/2020, 11/12/2020) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact A series of three workshops (one at the IFS, two online) on Missing Data in Longitudinal and Linked Surveys, at which 15 researchers from economics and the social and health sciences presented their work on the topic. Our intention was to improve understanding of missing data methods used in different disciplines. Following the workshops, a number of attendees reported that their views on handling missing data had been modified by the research presented.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019,2020
 
Description Insights 2022 Report 
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 Insights is an annual publication focusing on policy relevant research. The 2022 edition featured articles on the impact of the Covid pandemic - the economic effects, the impact on mental health and what happened to young people.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL https://www.understandingsociety.ac.uk/sites/default/files/downloads/insights/insights-2022.pdf
 
Description Insights: children in the pandemic 
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 online event focused on the impact of the Covid pandemic on children. The pandemic has seen disruption to children's education across the world, not simply in terms of loss of learning but also effects on children's emotional health and development. With variations in the level of home schooling and online learning, and disruption to family life, has educational inequality now become much harder to address? Schools have responded imaginatively. In September 2021 attendance was in the 90s, but some on-going disruption to education is continuing. With the pandemic expected to have long-term impacts on life-time earnings without sustained intervention, this event looked at what targeted learning support strategies are needed - and how can schools become better places for social justice, mental health and nutrition?
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL https://www.understandingsociety.ac.uk/events/2022/01/28/understanding-society-insights-2022
 
Description Insights: did furlough help and protect? 
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 This online event focused on policy relevant research on the theme of furlough and finances during the pandemic and afterwards. The introduction of 'furlough schemes' during the pandemic, such as the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS), has been one of the biggest innovations in UK policy - although short-time work schemes are common in Europe. Combined with the stabilising effects of tax and benefits, they proved vital in safeguarding jobs. But they also placed a heavy burden on public finances - by mid-September 2021 claims made on the CJRS scheme by employers amounted to £69.3 billion (HMRC). How should the legacy of furlough schemes be assessed? Beyond safeguarding jobs and partial incomes, what have been the financial and health effects of the scheme? With wide variations in which employees were put on furlough and their circumstances, how has the scheme affected different groups? This event discussed what we are learning about the experience of furlough.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL https://www.understandingsociety.ac.uk/events/2022/01/26/understanding-society-insights-2022
 
Description Insights: the mental health legacy of Covid-19 
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 This online discussion event focused on policy relevant research on the theme of mental health and the Covid pandemic. The impact of the pandemic on mental health has been a matter of intense interest, with reports of improvements in some groups and deterioration in others. A huge range of factors, from being a keyworker, being infected, pressures of paying bills to shielding, being a carer, relationship quality and extent of social contact, have been driving people's mental health. This event discussed how the picture has been changing over time, what we are learning, and how we can get better at recovery and improving mental health.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL https://www.understandingsociety.ac.uk/events/2022/01/24/understanding-society-insights-2022
 
Description Introduction to Understanding Society using Stata/SPSS/R/SAS on 17-18 March 2021 
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 Understanding Society collects information about individuals and the households in which they live repeatedly at one year intervals. It includes new and innovative features to allow research across different social science disciplines. To achieve the main goals of this multipurpose survey Understanding Society has a complex sample design and consequently a complex data structure. Thus, analysing the data requires a good understanding of the general structure of the survey, the sample design and the data. Who is the course for? 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. The course was delivered online across four softwares - Stata, SPSS, R and SAS, by the study's training team.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.understandingsociety.ac.uk/help/training/2020/11/23/introduction-to-understanding-societ...
 
Description Introduction to Understanding Society using Stata/SPSS/R/SAS on 17-18 November 2021 
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 Understanding Society collects information about individuals and the households in which they live repeatedly at one year intervals. It includes new and innovative features to allow research across different social science disciplines. To achieve the main goals of this multipurpose survey Understanding Society has a complex sample design and consequently a complex data structure. Thus, analysing the data requires a good understanding of the general structure of the survey, the sample design and the data. Who is the course for? 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. The course was delivered online across four softwares - Stata, SPSS, R and SAS, by the study's training team.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.understandingsociety.ac.uk/help/training/2020/11/23/introduction-to-understanding-societ...
 
Description Introduction to Understanding Society using Stata/SPSS/R/SAS on 19-20 May 2021 
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 Understanding Society collects information about individuals and the households in which they live repeatedly at one year intervals. It includes new and innovative features to allow research across different social science disciplines. To achieve the main goals of this multipurpose survey Understanding Society has a complex sample design and consequently a complex data structure. Thus, analysing the data requires a good understanding of the general structure of the survey, the sample design and the data. Who is the course for? 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. The course was delivered online across four softwares - Stata, SPSS, R and SAS, by the study's training team.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.understandingsociety.ac.uk/help/training/2020/11/23/introduction-to-understanding-societ...
 
Description Invited expert at a workshop organised by Statistics Austria to inform the design of a new household panel study 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Invited as 'international expert' to contribute to a workshop on plans for a new household panel survey in Austria. The workshop was run by the Ministry for Education and Research in collaboration with Statistics Austria. The international experts were asked for input into the planned survey design.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description Key Stage 4 Teaching Materials 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Understanding Society worked with Futurum Careers to develop this lesson plan and activities for school students aged 14-19. The resource introduces students to the basics of quantitative social science data, through the work of Understanding Society, and encourages students to think about the challenges of collecting and using longitudinal data.

The lesson plan also features the career paths of two of the Understanding Society team - Dr Alita Nandi, Associate Director for Outreach, and Nicole James, Survey Data Officer and ISER PhD student. They highlight the different routes they have taken in to working with social science data and the skills that are useful for working in a study like Understanding Society. The lesson also reflects on the individual research that Alita and Nicole do and how their work impacts on the wider world.

The pack of resources includes an article explaining Understanding Society and the work of Alita and Nicole, an activity sheet which provides talking points to prompt students to reflect on the research and challenge them to devise their own longitudinal survey, and a powerpoint to help structure the lesson and give further discussion questions. The lesson plan links to KS4 and KS5 Social Science, Economics, Sociology, Psychology, Computer Science and Maths. It can also be used as a careers resource.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/quantitative-social-science-understanding-society-12542743
 
Description MEDIA (16th June 2021): Interview for verywellfamily 'Moms' Mental Health Suffered From Pandemic School Closures' 
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 Interview talking about study by Birgitta Rabe. Findings include school closures also had an impact on mothers and their mental health. Moms experienced depression and unhappiness at higher levels when schools were closed. Those mental health challenges, however, were short-lived.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.verywellfamily.com/moms-depressed-due-to-pandemic-school-closures-5188771
 
Description MEDIA (1st January 2022): 'School closures hit children's mental health hard', Insights 2021-2022. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact 'School closures hit children's mental health hard ' p. 38-40, in: Insights 2021-2022. Findings from Understanding Society.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL https://www.understandingsociety.ac.uk/sites/default/files/downloads/insights/insights-2022.pdf
 
Description MEDIA (20 September 2021): IFS Podcast 'how to fix the education system' with Paul Johnson and Luke Sibieta (BIrgitta Rabe) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact recording of IFS podcast 'how to fix the education system' with Paul Johnson and Luke Sibieta.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://play.acast.com/s/7254eb54-5204-5553-bbb1-512e0f4731ef/6149f5a419a4970012825990
 
Description MEDIA (23 April 2021) Scuole chiuse: attenzione ai danni psicologici (B.Rabe, L.Fumagalli) 
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 for Lavoce.info
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.lavoce.info/archives/73842/scuole-chiuse-attenzione-ai-danni-psicologici/
 
Description MEDIA (25th January 2021): Understanding Society Insights podcast 'How have the pandemic related school closures affected our children?' 
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 Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Understanding Society Insights podcast 'How have the pandemic related school closures affected our children?'
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL https://www.understandingsociety.ac.uk/podcasts/how-have-the-pandemic-related-school-closures-affect...
 
Description MEDIA (29th November 2021): Article in Politics Home: Children are facing a 'double hit' from pandemic 
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 Birgitta's research with colleagues at the Universities of Surrey and Birmingham was funded by the Nuffield Foundation. They used Understanding Society's special COVID-19 Survey which ran between April 2020 and September 2021. Using the new data, they found "a significant rise in emotional and behavioural difficulties among primary school children following the 2020 spring and summer term school closures, a rise that was greater for the children who were not prioritised to return to school for seven weeks before the summer holiday".
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.politicshome.com/members/article/childrens-double-hit-from-pandemic
 
Description MEDIA (March 2021) Press release for 'School closures and children's emotional and behavioural difficulties' briefing note - Media coverage in The Telegraph, Daily Mail, The Times, BBC education website, The Scottish Sun, Colchester Gazette, Radio BBC Sussex and Surrey live interview, twitter coverage (B.Rabe) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Press release for first briefing note
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.iser.essex.ac.uk/files/projects/school-closures/SDQnote2021_final.pdf
 
Description Media: BBC, First day back at school has gone well, say heads 
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 BBC website article on the return to school, 'First day back at school has 'gone well', say heads, using research from Professor Birgitta Rabe, Dr Laura Fumagalli, Dr Jo Blandon and Dr Claire Crawford, base on the Covid-19 survey.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-56293639
 
Description Media: The Daily Mail, Stressed pupils are more likely to bully and fight 
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 Article in The Daily Mail, Stressed pupils 'are more likely to bully and fight': Teachers could face an increase in bad behaviour in class after effect of pandemic on children's mental health, study warns, based on research from Professor Birgitta Rabe, Dr Laura Fumagalli, Dr Claire Crawford and Dr Jo Blandon.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9336669/Teachers-face-increase-bad-behaviour-class-kids-pan...
 
Description Media: The Guardian, Covid lockdown school closures hit mothers' mental heath but left fathers unaffected 
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 Article in The Guardian, Covid lockdown school closures 'hit mothers' mental health but left fathers unaffected, based on research from Professor Birgitta Rabe and Dr Laura Fumagalli, using the Covid-19 survey data.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.theguardian.com/society/2021/may/31/covid-lockdown-school-closures-hit-mothers-mental-he...
 
Description NSS Methodology Group 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Advice to the Office for Students' NSS Methodology Group on survey design, conceptualisation and analysis, delivered primarily through a half-day meeting of invited experts.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Participant newsletter, summer 2021 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact Printed participant newsletter summarising key research using Understanding Society.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Participant newsletter, winter 2021 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact Participant printed newsletter summarising key research using Understanding Society.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Podcast: Building Understanding Society - from survey to data 
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 Public/other audiences
Results and Impact How do we turn survey responses into data for research? How do we select who takes part in the survey? And what makes household panel data so useful for researchers and policymakers? In this podcast we talk to the people who design and implement Understanding Society - taking the survey from methodological testing, through fieldwork and data processing, to ending with the anonymised dataset.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL https://www.understandingsociety.ac.uk/podcasts/building-understanding-society-from-survey-to-data
 
Description Podcast: Does volunteering make young people more likely to vote? 
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 Public/other audiences
Results and Impact In this podcast we look take a look at the role of social action in civic participation. Series host Catherine McDonald speaks to Dr Stuart Fox from Brunel University about his research looking at whether volunteering makes young people more likely to vote in their first election. Catherine then moves on to talk to Victoria Harkness, Head of Research and Evaluation at the National Citizen Service Trust about the Trust's experience of young people and their levels of civic participation.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL https://www.understandingsociety.ac.uk/podcasts/does-volunteering-make-young-people-more-likely-to-v...
 
Description Podcast: How are relationships, between couples and within families, changing? 
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 Public/other audiences
Results and Impact In this podcast we look take a look at how relationships are changing. Series host Catherine McDonald speaks to Professor Brienna Perelli-Harris, Understanding Society's Topic Champion for Families, about her research using our main data set and our COVID19 survey. Catherine's second guest is Dee Holmes, Senior Practice Consultant from the relationship support charity, Relate, who assesses the extent to which Brienna's research is reflected in what she sees 'on the ground'.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL https://www.understandingsociety.ac.uk/podcasts/how-are-relationships-between-couples-and-within-fam...
 
Description Podcast: How have the pandemic related school closures affected our children? 
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 Public/other audiences
Results and Impact In this podcast we speak to Professor Birgitta Rabe from the Institute for Social and Economic Research about her work comparing the mental health of those children who were invited to return to school in June 2020 with those who weren't. Catherine's second guest is Tom McBride, Director of Evidence at the Early Intervention Foundation, who explains why research such as this is so important for policy and practice.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL https://www.understandingsociety.ac.uk/podcasts/how-have-the-pandemic-related-school-closures-affect...
 
Description Podcast: Public health and the Covid-19 pandemic 
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 Public/other audiences
Results and Impact In this podcast we speak to Professor Meena Kumari, Understanding Society's Topic Champion for Health and Biomarker research and to David Finch, Assistant Director in the Healthy Lives directorate at The Health Foundation. Together they discuss Understanding Society's COVID-19 survey and The Health Foundation's COVID-19 Impact inquiry. They look at what the pandemic has highlighted with regard to the social determinants of health and they share their biggest fears as we move out of the initial clutches of COVID-19.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.understandingsociety.ac.uk/podcasts/public-health-and-the-covid-19-pandemic
 
Description Podcast: Universal Credit, how is it faring as a benefit system? 
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 Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact In this podcast, we hear from Tom Waters, Senior Research Economist from the Institute for Fiscal Studies about research that used Understanding Society data to take a longitudinal look at Universal Credit. With first-hand experience of supporting people on Universal Credit, Kayley Hignell, Head of Policy for Families, Welfare and Work at Citizens Advice, responds to the research and shares her view on how one of the biggest benefit reforms in UK history is playing out.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.understandingsociety.ac.uk/podcasts/universal-credit-how-is-it-faring-as-a-benefit-syste...
 
Description Podcast: Who carried the work burden during Covid-19? 
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 Public/other audiences
Results and Impact In this podcast, Professors Tracey Warren from Nottingham University Business School and Clare Lyonette from Warwick Institute for Employment talked about their project Carrying the Work Burden of the COVID-19 pandemic: working class women in the UK. Dr Mary-Ann Stephenson, Director of the Women's Budget Group and co-collaborator on the project also joins to explain the motivation for the research and the ways in which their findings are serving as vital evidence in the case of building back better with increased gender equality.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.understandingsociety.ac.uk/podcasts/who-carried-the-work-burden-during-covid-19
 
Description Poster presentation for CLOSER conference: Preparing for the future III: tackling key challenges facing longitudinal population studies in a post-COVID world 
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 Poster presentation on the "The impact of COVID-19 on Understanding Society: The UK Household Longitudinal Study" for the CLOSER conference "Preparing for the future III: tackling key challenges facing longitudinal population studies in a post-COVID world", including an online virtual discussion table for people to ask questions and discuss the poster.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL https://www.closer.ac.uk/event/2022-conference/
 
Description Presentation at European Survey Research Association Conference, online, 25/06/2021 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact I gave a talk titled ''Non-response bias prevention and adjustment in a national longitudinal COVID-19 survey", to increase understanding of the strategy for handling non-response in the Understanding Society Covid-19 survey. After the talk, several audience members asked for further information about the survey and our strategy.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Presentation at European Survey Research Conference, Zagreb, July 2019. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact I presented a talk titled 'Understanding Society survey dataset representativeness: Across waves and over data collection', to increase understanding of the evaluation of Understanding Society survey dataset quality. After the talk, I received several request for information from audience members seeking to use similar methods to evaluate other survey datasets.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Presentation at IFS / Understanding Society workshop on Missing Data in Longitudinal and Linked Surveys, IFS, 07/05/2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact I presented a talk titled 'Utilising representativeness indicators to evaluate non-response and non-linkage biases', to increase understanding of tools available for evaluating non-response and non-linkage biases in datasets. Several audience members requested further information after the presentation.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Presentation at IFS / Understanding Society workshop on Missing Data in Longitudinal and Linked Surveys, online, 11/12/2020 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact I gave a talk titled ''Non-response bias prevention and adjustment in a national longitudinal COVID-19 survey", to increase understanding of the strategy for handling non-response in the Understanding Society Covid-19 survey. After the talk, several audience members asked for further information about the survey and our strategy.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Presentation at International workshop on Total Survey Error (ITSEW), online, 24/09/2020 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact I gave a talk titled ''Non-response bias prevention and adjustment in a national longitudinal COVID-19 survey", to increase understanding of the strategy for handling non-response in the Understanding Society Covid-19 survey. After the talk, several audience members asked for further information about the survey and our strategy.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Presentation at Understanding Society conference, online, 27/09/2021 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact I gave a talk titled ''Non-response bias prevention and adjustment in a national longitudinal COVID-19 survey", to increase understanding of the strategy for handling non-response in the Understanding Society Covid-19 survey. After the talk, several audience members asked for further information about the survey and our strategy.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Presentation at the General Online Research conference 2021 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact A presentation on "Measuring smartphone operating system versions in surveys: How to identify who has devices compatible with survey apps" to an audience of survey researchers and practitioners from the academic, private, government and third sector that led to questions and discussion
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Presentation at the General Online Research conference 2021 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact A presentation on "Participation of household panel members in daily burst measurement using a mobile app" presented to an international audience of survey researchers and practitioners from the academic, private, government and third sector that lead to discussion and questions
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Presentation at the Understanding Society Conference, University of Essex, June 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact I presented a talk titled 'Understanding Society survey dataset representativeness: Across waves and over data collection', to increase understanding of the evaluation of Understanding Society survey dataset quality. After the talk, I received several requests for information from audience members seeking to use similar methods to evaluate other survey datasets.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Presentation on consent to data linkage at the Understanding Society survey methods conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact A presentation on how survey respondents decide whether to consent to their data being linked to administrative records. Conference held online with 150 registered participants from universities, government departments, private companies, third sector organisations, research institutes around the world. The presentation generated discussion and requests for follow-up information.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.understandingsociety.ac.uk/events/2021/09/28/survey-methods-day-2-linking-survey-data
 
Description Presentation on the use of biological data in social research 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact As part of the National Centre for Research Methods (NCRM) 2021 Research Methods e-Festival, I gave two presentations during a session entitled "Genomics and proteomics for social scientists" delivered by Meena Kumari, Yanchun Bao and me. My presentations focussed on the use of biological data in social research, with an overview of relevant biology, a description of the Understanding Society biological datasets, and some examples of multi-omics approaches. The videos have been shared on the NCRM website at https://www.ncrm.ac.uk/resources/online/all/?main&id=20783
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.ncrm.ac.uk/resources/online/all/?main&id=20783
 
Description Presentation to DC-AAPOR Book Club 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Talk to 90 participants from government agencies, private research companies, survey centres and post-graduate students about longitudinal survey methods. Generated a lot of questions and discussion and a few subsequent follow-up messages.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://dc-aapor.org/events/past-events/
 
Description Presentation to NESTA 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact A presentation provided to staff at NESTA on using Understanding Society to address their three innovation missions: a fairer start for every child; a healthy life for all, and a sustainable future where the economy works better for people and the planet.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description SLLS symposium: Over 10 years of Understanding Society. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact symposium presenting interdisciplinary research and findings using the Understanding Society data
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description SLLS symposium: Debate - what is the policy impact of genetic research in social science? 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact A number of social surveys have added genetic information. How have these data been used and what are the policy impacts of these data? Debate on the use and implications of the data.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description TCrossely ESCOE webninar: The Understanding Society Covid-19 web survey 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact A talk to describe the design and implementation of the Understanding Society Covid-19 web survey. The second part of the talk discussed issues around ensuring reliable population inferences from these data. Thirdly, preliminary results from Wave 1 of the survey were presented, focusing on distributional aspects of the economic consequences of the pandemic and associated stay-at-home policy. The purpose for people to improve their data collection and/or use of the Study's data.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.escoe.ac.uk/events/the-understanding-society-covid-19-web-survey/
 
Description TCrossley ONS Economics Expert Working Group (ONS Fellow) 
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 The Economic Experts Working Group (EEWG) is a non-statutory body established by the National Statistician. It is a strategic, high-level advisory body offering independent advice from authoritative economic experts to the National Statistician and the Office for National Statistics (ONS) on the measurement of the economy and the collection and presentation of economic data for the UK.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016,2017,2018,2019,2020,2021,2022
URL https://www.ons.gov.uk/aboutus/whatwedo/programmesandprojects/economicstatisticstransformation/engag...
 
Description TCrossley Presentation for 88th East Jour Fixe of the Oesterreichische Nationalbank 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact An annual workshop hosted by the Austrian Central Bank, which took place on the 12th October 21, this year's theme was data collection during Covid. Tom provided a plenary talk 'A year of Covid-19: Tracking labour market and financial inequalities through the crisis with the Understanding Society Covid-19 Study'. The purpose, for people to improve their data collection and/or use of the Study's data.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.oenb.at/en/Calendar/2021/2021-10-12-east-jour-fixe.html
 
Description The House article: Community spirit in the age of Covid 
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 Article in Politics Home website and The House magazine, aimed at parliamentarians and civil service staff. The article 'Community spirit in the age of Covid' was based on research by Dr Magda Borkowska on neighbourhood cohesion during the Covid pandemic.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.politicshome.com/members/article/community-spirit-in-the-age-of-covid
 
Description The House article: How data can help us tackle deep-seated problems 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Article for the Politics Home website and The House magazine, How data can help us tackle deep-seated problems, based on research by Dr Alita Nandi using the Covid-19 survey data.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.politicshome.com/members/article/how-can-data-help-address-the-inequalities-of-covid19
 
Description Two events: Transforming social policies: Bridgeheads for change (Parts 1 and 2) 
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 was to explore public policy issues as the UK emerges from the pandemic and explore opportunities for change. Hosted in collaboration with the British Academy, and part of celebrating 10 years of Understanding Society, these two event build on Understanding Society's theme of Transforming Social Policies. Topics covered were:
Event 1:
Public health and mental wellbeing
Improving working lives: job quality, mobility and flexibility
Lifting families out of poverty
Event 2:
How has politics changed?
Public attitudes to welfare and inequality
The dynamics of power sharing: who should lead?
Feedback from the event, collected via feeback forms, showed good policy learning as a result of the events.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZYQzqhFDBZof66luum6TKQ/featured?view_as=subscriber
 
Description Understanding Society Climate Change data dive 
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 Climate change and environmental degradation is the biggest challenge UK society and economy, and the wider world, faces today. Using Understanding Society data, this data dive brought together researchers and policy analysts to generate fresh insights into individual and household environmental behaviours and the constraints they face in transitioning to net zero. It was designed to stimulate the development of evidence informed policy and how policy makers, employers and communities could bring about a fair transition. The data dive offered a social learning lab, bringing together participants from different sectors, backgrounds and interests.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.understandingsociety.ac.uk/blog/2022/01/17/getting-to-grips-with-climate-change-househol...
 
Description Well-being, people and places event: Policies for immigration, diversity and better neighbourhoods (Nuffield Foundation) 
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 Based on research commissioned by the Nuffield Foundation which used Understanding Society data, the webinar focused on the concrete steps and well-being policies for integration, diversity and better neighbourhoods. I chaired the event, which was organised by the Nuffield Foundation, and included ISER research by Dr Gundi Knies, University of Essex and Professor Patricia Melo, Lisbon School of Economics and Management.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.nuffieldfoundation.org/events/well-being-policies-for-immigration-diversity-better-neigh...
 
Description What Works Centre for Wellbeing - impact and data gateway 
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 To explore how third sector organisations, as part of the delivery of their programmes and services, could measure changes in wellbeing based on comparable data and questions. Could Understanding Society's developmental work on the Data Gateway be relevant?
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Workshop: Panel data econometrics using Understanding Society on 21 May 2021 
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 introductory course will show what panel data CAN and CANNOT do to facilitate the study of causal effects. There is a strong emphasis on applied work using linear models and panel data econometrics methods will be illustrated using data from Understanding Society. The software used for the practical examples is Stata. Familiarity with the basic syntax and structure of Stata is required. This was delivered online by Dr. Laura Fumagali.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.understandingsociety.ac.uk/help/training/2020/11/23/workshop-panel-data-econometrics-usi...
 
Description Workshop: Using weights in Understanding Society on 19 November 2021 
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 Understanding Society has a very complex survey structure and this needs to be taken into account in any analysis in order to infer results to a population. An easy way to take the structure into account correctly is by using weights alongside strata and clustering adjustments. This course aims to explain what weights take into account in Understanding Society. First, we will describe how weights are created. We will then provide guidance on how to select the best weight for a range of analyses. The course will then expand on how to create a tailored weight for a specific analysis, when this can make a difference and will be worth the effort, and will walk you step by step on creating such weights in a hands-on session. This was conducted online by the study's survey statistician, Dr. Kaminska.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.understandingsociety.ac.uk/help/training/2020/11/23/workshop-using-weights-in-understand...