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Linking cohort study data to administrative records: the challenges of consent and coverage

1 April 2013

Using linked data from the Millennium Cohort Study (MCS), this research project examined patterns of non-consent and non-coverage, and identifies weighting and imputation techniques that can adjust for biases.


CLS tests new methods of collecting DNA samples from children

28 March 2013

New methods of collecting DNA using saliva samples could help enhance cohort datasets with valuable biological information, a new study suggests. Researchers at the Institute of Education‘s Centre for Longitudinal Studies (CLS) and Ipsos MORI tested the viability of collecting saliva from 11-year-olds and their natural mothers and fathers. They found that most children and […]


Impact of the digital age on social research: CLS shares expertise at SRA Conference 2012

11 December 2012

Social media and web surveys have a valid use in large-scale longitudinal studies, argues Lisa Calderwood, Senior Survey Manager at the Centre for Longitudinal Studies (CLS).


CLS chairs debate on the pros and cons of mixing modes in longitudinal surveys

26 November 2012

Should large-scale longitudinal surveys – like the cohort studies – embrace web-based tools alongside more traditional methods of data collection?


Age 42 survey of the 1970 British Cohort Study begins

1 May 2012

The Age 42 survey of the 1970 British Cohort Study has now begun. Over the course of the year we hope to speak to more than 9,000 study members for the 9th time.


Does how you measure income make a difference to measuring poverty?

17 January 2011

A new CLS Working Paper examines the implications different methods of collecting and reporting income may have for measuring poverty, by reference to the Millennium Cohort Study income data.


Locating Mobile Families

2 November 2010

Lisa Calderwood’s new CLS Working Paper looks at how successful we’ve been in locating families who move between successive MCS surveys.


MCS4 User’s Guide to Initial Findings published

16 October 2010

The Millennium Cohort Study, Fourth Survey: A User’s Guide to Initial Findings has now been published (15 October 2010).


CLS appoints fieldwork contractor for MCS5

8 October 2010

Ipsos MORI’s Social Research Institute has been chosen as the fieldwork contractor for the fifth sweep of the Millennium Cohort Study.


MCS3 England and Wales Fieldwork completed

29 November 2006

Fieldwork for MCS3 (Age 5) in England and Wales finished at the end of October 2006. Almost 12,000 families took part – about 9,800 in England and about 2,100 in Wales. Interviewing in Scotland and Northern Ireland is continuing until the end of the year but we hope that in total over 15,000 families will take part.


CLS sets up a new working group for the 2008 fieldwork for NCDS and BCS70

14 September 2006

CLS has set up a new working group to discuss measures of cognition and personality in the next round of NCDS and BCS70 fieldwork


The fourth MCS survey – news from the consultative conference

27 July 2006

A successful consultative conference was held on 24 July 2006 to discuss plans for the MCS4 survey, when the cohort members will be 7 years old.

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