Wed 6 May 20
The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) has announced new support for Understanding Society, allowing researchers to continue capturing data about life in the UK up to the end of 2025.
The latest award supports Waves 13 to 15 of the main Study, plus three new waves for the Innovation Panel – Understanding Society’s test area for new methodological developments.
Understanding Society is the largest longitudinal household panel study of its kind and provides vital evidence on life changes and stability.
As well as continuing the main Study, the new funding will allow Understanding Society to develop new initiatives:
With the current coronavirus situation in the UK, there is an even greater need for data about the experiences of the whole population."
Professor Michaela Benzeval, Director of Understanding Society, said, “Longitudinal data collection is vital for understanding short- and long-term change in the UK. As a household panel study, Understanding Society is ideal for exploring how changes affect individuals, families and whole communities.
“With the current coronavirus situation in the UK, there is an even greater need for data about the experiences of the whole population. We know that government and academic researchers will be using Understanding Society to see what social and economic impact the virus has on UK Society and the wellbeing of the public.”
Understanding Society is based at the Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER) at Essex. An internationally-renowned centre for longitudinal data collection, the team at ISER will also be using the new grant to test new innovations in survey methods.
Future work includes experimenting with new technology for data collection, learning more about how participants understand data linkage and work on integrating administrative and survey data. ISER is also committed to supporting users make the best use of data by expanding training and user support activities, and launching a ‘code creator’ to help users extract the key data they need for their research.