This project aimed to optimise the design and coverage of the MCS age 14 time-use diary so as to maximise benefit to the research community and minimise non-response due to respondent burden.
Children’s time-use diaries: promoting research, sharing best practice and evaluating innovations in data collection internationally
This project ran until March 2014.
Time diaries have been widely used in social research across the world since the 1960s. However despite their popularity, there remain many unresolved methodological issues, especially in relation to studies of minors. The inclusion of a time-diary component in the age 14 survey of the Millennium Cohort Study(MCS) offers an opportunity to improve the usability of diaries and increase researchers’ understanding of how to deploy them effectively.
This project aimed to optimise the design and coverage of the MCS age 14 time-use diary so as to maximise benefit to the research community and minimise non-response due to respondent burden. The diary covered cohort members’ exercise, homework and social participation, helping researchers to evaluate links between children’s activity patterns and subsequent outcomes in health, educational attainment, earnings and wellbeing.
Finally, the project shared best practice and increased expertise within the research community. It produced working papers and provided workshops on time-use data-collection methodology and secondary analysis of previous child diary studies.
This project was a partnership between CLS and the Oxford Centre for Time Use Research (CTUR).
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Lisa oversees all aspects of CLS’s work on Next Steps (formerly known as the Longitudinal Study of Young People in England), and leads on the strategic and scientific direction of the study.
Lisa leads the survey management team who are responsible for the design, development and implementation of the surveys conducted by CLS.
Her research interests are longitudinal survey methodology, particularly the prevention of non-response.
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Sam has a long history of producing research based on the British Birth Cohorts, from the antecedents and consequences of poor basic skills in adult life, to more recent research focusing on poorer outcomes for children with Special Education Needs, the gendered occupational occupations of teenagers and the long-term advantages for men and women who attended a private school and/or an elite university.