CeLSIUS facilitates research access to the ONS Longitudinal Study ('the LS'), a secure data set based on the decennial census. It has operated in its current form since 2001 (and under the current institutional and management structure since 2012). The data were originally supported at the Social Statistics Research Unit, City University from 1982, with a support mechanism similar to the current arrangements since 1994. On this basis, we define the RII as 'long-term' in question 8 above. We assist users in many ways including specifying and setting up projects, direct user support, running remotely submitted code, providing expertise in interpretation of results, and through a range of training programs.
Our stated objectives from 1 October 2020
The objectives of this bid, ate to support ESRC's long-term vision is for increased access to and usage of the UKCenLS through secure access environments.
The specific objectives of this investment are to:
1 Maximise the value of the ONS LS (and in collaboration the wider UKCenLS)
2 Provide the data necessary to understand and address the urgent and / or important issues UK society is facing now, and in the future
3 Facilitate evidence-based policy making
4 Maximise the advantages of centrally collecting and providing large-scale data
5 Build on opportunities afforded by technological and methodological innovation to provide data in a more agile, efficient and effective manner
To achieve these objectives, the proposals build on previous investment in the RSUs and deliver five main functions:
A Data for research: facilitating access to the UKCenLS datasets in accordance with safe setting protocols.
B User support service: promoting and supporting the use of UKCenLS by researchers and analysists from different backgrounds and levels of expertise, across a range of disciplines and sectors to enable multi- and interdisciplinary as well as disciplinary research.
C Capacity building: supporting the training and development of UKCenLS users that will contribute to our national capability in longitudinal research and advanced quantitative skills.
D Knowledge mobilisation and impact: engaging and collaborating with funders, the national and international scientific, civil society, business and policy communities, to promote the use and realise the potential of the UKCenLSs to enable high quality, impactful research with tangible benefits for the public good.
E Methodological research and innovation: contributing to the development of the UKCenLS and provide leadership in longitudinal methodological research and innovation to create new and diverse research opportunities in the social sciences
CeLSIUS is important as the LS (together with sister studies in Scotland and in Northern Ireland collectively the UKCenLS) is a gold standard data resource, of international standing. It is a unique data source, enabling research to be conducted on a large sample (more than half a million sample members plus their co-resident fellow household members at each census) over a long time period (1971 onwards). We support many research projects which could not be carried out with any other available data. Research areas are diverse, and include associations between unemployment and mortality, migration, variations in social mobility, lone parenthood, changing household structures and trends in fertility and labour market behaviour. More about the data can be found in our cohort profile https://academic.oup.com/ije/article/48/2/383/5239953
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