Proposing data enhancements

We’re keen to explore ways that we can enrich our cohort studies to strengthen their value to the research community. We’d like to hear your proposals.

Data linkage: data linkage proposals may involve external data sources such as geographical or environmental data, education, health, economic indicators and others.

Data enhancement: data enhancement proposals may relate to the collection of new or additional qualitative or quantitative data and may take the form of:

  • New data collection beyond the existing survey instruments, either at a sweep or between sweeps.
  • Additional questionnaire/survey time within an existing survey instrument.
  • Not transcribed or digitised legacy data: some data collected in earlier sweeps of the 1958 and 1970 cohorts have not yet been digitised from original paper questionnaires. Such legacy data can be digitised and/or processed as a data enhancement project.

Guidelines and application forms

If you would like to submit a proposal for data linkage or data enhancement on one of our studies, please get in touch with the Principal Investigator (PI) of the relevant study (see details below) to discuss your request. Once you’ve agreed it with them, please download the relevant document below and submit the application form to

Before submitting a data linkage or a data enhancement proposal, please read the guidelines included in the relevant document:

Please allow plenty of time for us to process your request. If it’s likely to involve a lot of work, we suggest you submit your application at least six months before you plan to start your research.

1958 National Child Development Study
PI: Prof Alissa Goodman
Tel: 020 7612 6231

1970 British Cohort Study
PI: Prof Alice Sullivan
Tel: 020 7612 6661

Next Steps
PI: Dr Lisa Calderwood
Tel: 020 7911 5510

Millennium Cohort Study
PI: Prof Emla Fitzsimons
Tel: 020 7331 5129

Contact us

Centre for Longitudinal Studies
UCL Social Research Institute

20 Bedford Way
London WC1H 0AL