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New technologies to measure non-health topics in longitudinal studies

4 May 2017

Drawing on evidence from across the longitudinal studies in CLOSER, and beyond, this workshop discussed the evidence gathered to date on the use of new technologies to measure non-health topics. This workshop was hosted by CLOSER.

Webinar: Introduction to the Millennium Cohort Study and the Age 14 Survey

28 February 2017

This webinar introduced the Millennium Cohort Study (MCS) to both first-time and more experienced users. It focused on the newly-available data from the age 14 survey. A recording of the webinar is available to view on the event page.


Please respond: ESRC Data Impact Review

24 February 2017

Users of Centre for Longitudinal Studies data are asked to respond to an online survey by 17 March as part of an ESRC review into the impact of its data infrastructure investments. Click here to access the online survey. It will take 10-15 minutes to complete. The review includes CLS and the cohorts it manages: […]

Methods of disclosure control: Best practice within longitudinal studies

18 January 2017

The development of new and innovative methods of disclosure control, or the techniques used to safeguard the confidentiality of information, are vitally important to the current and future management of longitudinal data. This workshop aimed to share information and insight into current innovations within the disclosure control field. This workshop was hosted by CLOSER.


ESRC Longitudinal Studies Review

4 October 2016

The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) has launched a review of the longitudinal studies it funds, to be carried out from 2016-18.


Give it time

3 October 2016

What makes cohort studies so important? CLS Director, Professor Alissa Goodman and Principal Investigator of the 1970 British Cohort Study, Professor Alice Sullivan explain in an IOE London blogpost.

Webinar: Introduction to the 1958 National Child Development Study

24 May 2016

This session introduced the study to both first-time and more experienced data users, focusing on the most recent data from the mixed mode age 55 survey. A recording of the webinar is available to view on the event page.


Web technologies offer improved data collection for cohort study time diaries, research finds

24 September 2015

Almost 60 per cent of participants taking part in a pilot phase of the Millennium Cohort Study (MCS) opted to complete daily activity diaries using a smartphone app.


Why do participants consent to data linkage?

27 May 2015

Almost 80 per cent of Millennium Cohort Study (MCS) parents regularly consented to allow health records of their children to be linked to survey results.

Children’s time-use diaries: promoting research, sharing best practice and evaluating innovations in data collection internationally

31 March 2014

This research 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.


How can we ensure the accuracy of children’s survey responses?

3 December 2013

New research from the Centre for Longitudinal Studies (CLS) has tested how children’s responses to surveys are affected by the way the questions are asked.


Encouraging respondents to book their own interview appointments could reduce survey costs, study finds

6 September 2013

Encouraging respondents to contact an interviewer to book their own interview appointment could reduce the cost of longitudinal surveys, new research from the Centre for Longitudinal Studies (CLS) suggests. CLS researchers conducted an experiment to test the effectiveness of encouraging survey participants to become ‘early-birds’ by booking an appointment with their interviewer on a date that […]

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