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Uk survey data available via the uk data service

UK survey data available via the UK Data Service

Sarah King-Hele

Research Associate,

User Support and Training

ESRC Research Methods Festival

St Catherine’s College, Oxford

9 July 2014


Presentation

Presentation

  • Survey microdata

  • UK survey and longitudinal studies

  • Nesstar: online analysis of survey data

  • Why use secondary survey data?

  • Finding data and documentation


Survey microdata

Survey microdata


Uk surveys and longitudinal studies

UK surveys and longitudinal studies


Uk surveys

UK surveys

  • often commissioned by government and conducted by ONS or NatCen

  • data about individuals or households (anonymised)

  • large sample sizes

  • nationally-representative

  • many are run every year

  • repeated cross-sectional (new sample each time the survey is run)


Examples of uk surveys

Examples of UK surveys

Many topics including:

  • health: Health Survey for England

  • work: Labour Force Survey

  • crime: Crime Survey for England and Wales

  • social attitudes: British Social Attitudes

  • family expenditure

  • living costs

  • housing


Example economic inactivity by reason

Example: economic inactivity by reason

Graph: Labour Market Statistics, June 2014, ONS


Example trends in domestic burglary 1981 2011 12

Example: trends in domestic burglary, 1981-2011/12

(thousands)

Data: Crime Survey for England and Wales and British Crime Survey

Figure 8 from ‘Crime in England and Wales Quarterly First Release, March 2012’ www.ons.gov.uk


Longitudinal studies

Longitudinal studies

Similar to UK surveys

  • individual level data

  • large samples, nationally-representative

  • surveys are repeated, often annually

    BUT

  • they follow the same individuals over time

  • new respondents are added regularly to keep numbers up


Examples of longitudinal studies

Examples of longitudinal studies

  • British Household Panel Survey and

  • Understanding Society

  • cover different aspects of peoples lives: education, employment, social ties, family life and health

  • BHPS started in 1991 and has 18 waves of data collection

  • Understanding Society started in 2009

  • BHPS sample included in Understanding Society from wave 2

  • Other longitudinal studies

  • English Longitudinal Study of Ageing

  • Families and Children Study

  • Growing Up in Scotland

  • Longitudinal Study of Young People in England


Example perceived discrimination for being turned down for a job by ethnicity

Example: perceived discrimination for being turned down for a job by ethnicity

Source: Understanding Society: Findings 2012


Example reasons for moving home

Example: reasons for moving home

Source: Understanding Society: Findings 2012


Longitudinal studies cohort studies

Longitudinal studies: Cohort studies

  • National Child Development Study (1958)

  • 1970 British Cohort Study

  • Millennium Cohort Study

  • different decades

    – can examine generational change

  • topics: health/medical focus

  • social and economic circumstances


Nesstar online analysis of survey data

Nesstar: online analysis of survey data

  • browse detailed information (metadata) and data online

  • do simple data analysis and visualisation on microdata

  • download a subset of data in one of a number of formats (e.g. SPSS, Stata)


E xample one way frequency p olitical affiliation data from bsa

Example: one way frequencyPolitical affiliation (data from BSA)


E xample graph age started smoking data from ghs

Example: graphAge started smoking (data from GHS)


E xample cross tab main cause of crime data from csew

Example: Cross-tab Main cause of crime (data from CSEW)


Why use secondary survey data

Why use secondary survey data?

  • cost effective

  • saves time

  • high quality

  • nationally representative

  • many topics

  • allows geographical and historical comparisons

  • help and support are available


Uk survey data available via the uk data service

Help


D ocumentation

Documentation

  • all survey documentation is freely available on the website – questionnaires, user guides, technical reports, derived variables

  • documentation tells you about the data

    • what questions were asked

    • who were asked the questions

    • how the survey was conducted

    • what was done with the raw data to turn it into the final data

      You must look at the documentation to understand the data


Finding data and documentation

Finding data and documentation

  • ukdataservice.ac.uk


How to search for data

How to search for data?

discover.ukdataservice.ac.uk


Variable and question search

Variable and question search

discover.ukdataservice.ac.uk/variables


Uk survey data available via the uk data service

Sarah King-Hele

[email protected]

ukdataservice.ac.uk/help/

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