Census and survey research
Research in this cluster involves working with large datasets, such as the UK Census and the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing (ELSA).
These surveys collect detailed data from large numbers of people, usually comparing responses to the same questions over a period of time. Surveys like the UK Census can give us a "snapshot" of Britain today, but by looking at trends over time we can also see how our society is changing. Our work on these surveys helps shape government policy and spending plans in the UK and other countries.
We are internationally recognised for our skills in managing and analysing survey data, with expertise in multi-level modelling and inference, longitudinal cohort analysis, and mixed methods analysis. We use these techniques (and others) in our own research and provide training and consultancy to other researchers and organisations.
Research centres and groups
Cathie Marsh Institute for Social Research (CMIST)
CMIST was founded in 2014 through a merger of the Institute for Social Change (ISC) and the Centre for Census and Survey Research (CCSR).
English Longitudinal Study of Ageing (ELSA)
ELSA is a unique and rich resource of information on the health, social, wellbeing and economic circumstances of the English population aged 50 and older.
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