In the spotlight - Understanding Society - the Wave 1 data are here!
Article dated: 19 October 2010
Wave 1/Year 1 data of the world's largest household panel survey - Understanding Society - are now available for download via the Understanding Society catalogue record. This first release of the data is restricted to the General Population sample only.
Understanding Society has, since 2009, both replaced and incorporated the British Household Panel Survey (BHPS).
Interviews are conducted on an annual basis as they were in the BHPS.
Understanding Society runs questions used
by its predecessor, thus preserving many long-standing time-series.
In terms of sample size the new survey dwarfs the BHPS, following a sample of
around 40,000 households, equating to 100,000 individuals.
offers users new research opportunities, chiefly: an Innovation Panel, separate
to the main sample, which allows for methodological experimentation and testing of
survey designs; and an ethnic minority boost sample which will enable more robust
analysis to be undertaken on Indian, Pakistani, Bangladeshi, Caribbean and
Once the data are made available, ESDS
Longitudinal will be promoting Understanding Society, providing an overview of
the study and responses to Frequently Asked Questions.
Users who are keen to find out more about
the survey can already access the
questionnaires for Waves 1 to 3 and download
some of the
early work coming out of the study.
Understanding Society is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and run by the Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER). The study allows for deeper analysis of a wide range of sections of the population as they respond to regional, national and international change. It is a multi-purpose multi-topic survey, mapping the social landscape of the UK. It will tell us about our working lives, relationships, health, finances, neighbourhoods, education, transport, environmental issues and more.