|Sweep status||In development. CLS is seeking input to help determine the content of the Age 22 Sweep|
|Data access||Plans are to make the data available via the UK Data Service in 2025|
We are planning the Age 22 Sweep as a face-to-face data collection with cohort members. It will include questions on role transitions in employment, education, partnerships, fertility and residence. We are considering interviewing resident partners of cohort members and collecting information on offspring. Consents to data linkage may also be included. The Age 22 Sweep is core-funded by the Economic and Social Research Council.
The Millennium Cohort Study (MCS) is a large, nationally representative birth cohort study following the lives of over 19,000 cohort members since their infancy. The study has now run for seven sweeps, at ages 9 months, 3, 5, 7, 11, 14 and 17, providing an incredibly rich picture of lives of this generation. Further detail can be found here. It has also collected data through three online COVID-19 surveys at ages 19 and 20.
The aim of the Age 22 Sweep is to provide data for research and policy on the lives of this generation at an important milestone, with the cohort on the cusp of maturation to adulthood.
The early 20s are an exceptionally dynamic period of life, traditionally characterised by five role transitions – in employment, education, partnerships, fertility and residence. The additional strain brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic is likely to be severe, striking at a time when the cohort are navigating critical transitions in education and the labour market.
A summary of content for Sweeps 1-7 is available here. The next section sets out what’s proposed to be covered in the Age 22 Sweep.
We ran a consultation between February – March 2021 to help determine the content of the MCS Age 22 Sweep, scheduled to start in late 2022. We asked anyone interested in the cohort – which included academics, policymakers and representatives of the third sector – to put forward their suggestions for content and questions.
The suggestions will help us produce a high quality survey that meets the needs of researchers across a range of disciplines and that has the potential to influence policy.
If you have any questions about the consultation process, please contact us – firstname.lastname@example.org.
In May 2021 we are planning to hold an online consultative conference to discuss the proposals we received. We will shortly be sharing details about the event on this page.
We are also considering the following: