How are millennials faring? The ‘Next Steps’ longitudinal survey of young people in England at age 25: survey implementation and initial findings

January 18, 2018 1:00PM

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Speakers: Lisa Calderwood and Morag Henderson, UCL Centre for Longitudinal Studies.

Venue: ESRI, Whitaker Square, Sir John Rogerson’s Quay, Dublin 2.

Seminar Topic:

The seminar covers the survey design and implementation of the ‘Next Steps’ longitudinal survey of young people in England at age 25 and presents some initial findings. ‘Next Steps’ (previously known as the Longitudinal Study of Young People in England) is a large national cohort study following the lives of around 16,000 people in England born in 1989/1990. The study was run by the Department for Education in England from 2004 to 2010 with seven annual sweeps of data collection. It transferred to the Centre for Longitudinal Studies in 2013 with funding from the UK’s Economic and Social Research Council, with a further sweep of data in 2015/2016.

The seminar presents an overview of the study design and implementation, which involved a sequential mixed-mode approach using web, telephone and face-to-face data collection and the implementation of a wide range of data linkage consents, and reflects on some of the methodological and operational challenges in a longitudinal study of young people.

The speakers will highlight research opportunities with the data, which provide a wealth of information about the important millennial generation. In addition, initial results will be presented on the state of the cohort’s mental health and economic activity.

Speaker Bios:

Lisa Calderwood is Principal Investigator of Next Steps and Senior Survey Manager of the Cohort Studies at the UCL Centre for Longitudinal Studies. Her research is focused on longitudinal survey methods, particularly non-response and attrition.

Morag Henderson is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology and Co-Investigator of Next Steps at the UCL Centre for Longitudinal Studies. Her research is focused on issues related to the family, education and inequalities.

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