Surveys and studies

'Our cross-sectional surveys and longitudinal studies provide a wealth of valuable social science information.

Cross-sectional surveys

British Election Study (BES) (August 2012)
The BES has been conducted at every general election since 1964. It aims to understand why people vote, and why they vote the way they do.

European Social Survey (ESS) (May 2014)
An academically-driven social survey designed to chart and explain the interaction between Europe's changing institutions and the attitudes, beliefs and behaviour patterns of its populations.

National Surveys of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles (NATSAL) (July 2013)
Gathers data on sexual behaviour, fertility, contraceptive use and sex-related diseases across the UK.

Skills and Employment Survey (SES)
The survey was carried out across Britain in 2012. It surveyed people aged 20-65 in paid employment.

Workplace Employment Relations Survey (WERS)
This survey covers over two decades WERS is jointly sponsored by ESRC, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) and the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS). 

Longitudinal studies

Life Study
This study tracks a large sample of babies from birth through to the early years of childhood, gathering information on their growth, development, health, wellbeing and social circumstances.

Centre for Longitudinal Studies (CLS) (March 2015)
The CLS houses three of Britain's internationally renowned birth cohort studies: the 1958 National Child Development Study (NCDS), the 1970 British Cohort Study (BCS70) and the Millennium Cohort Study (MCS) (a cohort of children born in 2000-01).

Understanding Society (March 2015)
This is a major household panel study which provides valuable new evidence to inform research on issues of importance to a wide community. It will assist with understanding the long-term effects of social and economic change, as well as the impact of policy interventions on the general wellbeing of the UK population. 

Poverty and social exclusion in the UK (PSE)
The Poverty and Social Exclusion in the UK project carries out two major surveys into the public’s perceptions of necessities and into living standards in 2012 to assess changes in poverty and social exclusion in the UK and improve the measurement of poverty, deprivation, social exclusion and standard of living.

Longitudinal Studies Centre - Scotland

Previous survey resources

Survey Link Scheme (December 2007)

Timescapes: An ESRC Qualitative Longitudinal Study (January 2012)
Explores how personal relationships and identities unfold through the life course and will shed light on what these processes mean for individual life chances and wellbeing.

Time Use Survey

UK Longitudinal Studies Centre (ULSC) (March 2010)

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