Getting started: An introduction to four British cohort studies

15 Nov 2023

This 90-minute session gives first-time users an overview of the 1958, 1970, Next Steps and millennium cohort studies – unique data resources available for researchers across the biomedical and social sciences.

Webinar recording and slides

This event took place on Wednesday 15 November 2023.

You can download a PDF of the Getting Started slides here.


About the event

The UK’s cohort studies have followed generations of Britons over the course of their lives, collecting a broad range of data over time and across different domains of life.

These studies are powerful resources for addressing a wide range of scientific questions across social, economic, health, political and geographical sciences.

This webinar is particularly suitable for Masters or PhD students interested in using the cohorts for a dissertation or thesis, as well as researchers in academia or the third sector new to the cohort studies.

It introduces new users to four national cohort studies managed by CLS:

Session details

Date: This webinar took place on Wednesday 15 November 2023.
Format: MS Teams
Programme outline

Part 1: What are cohort studies?

  • What are birth cohort studies?
  • Overview of NCDS, BCS70, Next Steps and MCS
  • Type of information collected

Part 2: Content by ‘subject area’

  • Physical health
  • Mental health
  • Family and relationships
  • Education
  • Economics

Part 3: Overview of the type of analysis

  • Simple analyses
  • Confounder control
  • Repeated measures
  • Cross-cohort analysis

Part 4: Getting started with the data

  • Available resources
  • Accessing the data
  • Data protocols, structure and merging
  • Study design and weights
  • Dealing with attrition
  • Where to go for more information
CLS presenters

Vanessa Moulton, Senior Research Associate
Morag Henderson, Professor in Sociology
Richard Silverwood, Associate Professor and Chief Statistician

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