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COVID-19 Data Dive: Exploring the social and economic impacts of the pandemic

8 October 2020

CLS is delighted to support this innovative event hosted by the UK Data Service. The challenge What do we know and what do we still need to ask about COVID-19 and its social and economic impacts on society using data such as the CLS national longitudinal cohort studies and the Understanding Society UK Household Longitudinal […]

Postponed: Handling missing data in the British cohort studies

25 November 2019

Attendees will learn why principled methods of missing data handling are usually required to obtain unbiased estimates in long-running cohort studies, learn how to undertake such analyses, and gain practical experience of doing so themselves using Stata, with a focus on multiple imputation. The National Child Development Study (NCDS) will be used throughout as a case study.

Handling missing data in the British cohort studies

16 October 2019

Attendees will learn why principled methods of missing data handling are usually required to obtain unbiased estimates in long-running cohort studies, learn how to undertake such analyses, and gain practical experience of doing so themselves using Stata, with a focus on multiple imputation. The National Child Development Study (NCDS) will be used throughout as a case study.

Harmonising mental health measurements from the British birth cohorts

23 April 2019

At this event, organised by CLOSER, we will present results on the measurement properties of mental health measures, before and after harmonising these so that they can be compared across time and study.

Train the trainer: a workshop to explore longitudinal data to inform your teaching in quantitative social science subjects

23 April 2019

CLS are pleased to be presenting at this CLOSER workshop aimed at lecturers. This free one-day workshop will give an overview of longitudinal data available to lecturers who teach and supervise students in quantitative social science subjects.

Longitudinal data across the life course: an introduction to using cohort data

29 March 2019

Held at the University of Edinburgh, this workshop gave both first-time and more experienced data users an insight into four of the UK’s internationally-renowned cohort studies run by the Centre for Longitudinal Studies (CLS). The slides from this workshop are available to download from this page.

Upcoming training events

12 October 2018

Each academic year, we organise a number of training events designed to help researchers use the data from our studies. Take a look at what’s coming up for the rest of this year.

Realising aspirations? Gender, ethnicity and job inequalities

5 September 2018

As part of the 2018 ESRC Festival of Social Science, we showcased the latest findings on young people and their career aspirations using evidence from MCS and Next Steps.

Longitudinal data across the life course: an introduction to using cohort data

22 January 2018

Held at the Cardiff University, this workshop gave both first-time and more experienced data users an insight into four of the UK’s internationally-renowned cohort studies run by the Centre for Longitudinal Studies (CLS).

New sources of data for social science research

19 December 2017

Hosted by the UK Data Service, this event aimed to help introduce researchers to the new sources of data are that are available for social sciences research in the UK.

Automated Content Analysis: special training session

14 December 2017

To coincide with the release of the National Child Development Study’s Age 11 essays, CLS hosted a special tutorial on automated content analysis to help enable researchers to make the most of this new data. The session covered the fundamentals of using the Differential Language Analysis Toolkit (DLATK) and was led by H. Andrew Schwartz (Stony Brook University).

Combining social and bio-medical data collection: pros and cons of different approaches

4 July 2017

Combining objective measurements of biomarkers with self-reported information about lifestyles and behaviour in longitudinal studies offers enormous research potential. This workshop comprised presentations from a range of UK longitudinal studies regarding the advantages and disadvantages of the approaches they’ve used. This workshop was hosted by CLOSER.

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