Understanding Society: the UK Household Longitudinal Study

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Social and Economic Research (ISER)

Understanding Society is the largest longitudinal study of its kind - around 40,000 households have contributed to the Study and their data leads to research which informs policy, shaping the future of the UK.

The Understanding Society website publishes a large number of publications and working papers which use data from the Understanding Society panel. Subjects of publications include: health, wellbeing, ethnicity, labour market, young people, life course analysis, and public policy.

The data from Understanding Society are available via the UK Data Service: https://ukdataservice.ac.uk/

The Understanding Society main survey sample consists of a large General Population Sample plus three other components: the Ethnic Minority Boost Sample, the former British Household Panel Survey sample and the Immigrant and Ethnic Minority Boost Sample. Households recruited at the first round of data collection are visited each year to collect information on changes to their household and individual circumstances. Interviews are carried out face-to-face in respondents’ homes by trained interviewers or through a self-completion online survey. Young people aged 10-15 complete a youth questionnaire, whilst respondents aged 16 and over complete the adult survey.

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