Understanding Society – taking the long view

Understanding Society, is the world’s largest ever household longitudinal study and it launches on Monday 13th October 2008. It will provide valuable new evidence to inform research on the vital issues facing communities.

It will collect information from 100,000 individuals, across 40,000 households from across the country. It will assist with the understanding of the long term effects of social and economic change, and will provide tools to study the impact of policy interventions on the well being of the UK population.

Understanding Society will be based at and led by the Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER) at the University of Essex, together with colleagues from the University of Warwick and the Institute of Education. The survey work will be undertaken by the National Centre for Social Research (NatCen). It will be a major advance on the British Household Panel Survey (BHPS).

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