Our areas of work

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CLOSER works across four different areas in order to achieve its overarching objective to maximise the use, value and impact of cohort and longitudinal studies.

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Data harmonisation

CLOSER is working to make the data from longitudinal studies more comparable, so it is easier to find out how things are changing from generation to generation. The work strands in this area are:

  • Harmonisation of measures of body size and body composition
  • Harmonisation of socio-economic status and qualifications
  • Harmonisation of strategies for analysing biological samples
  • Harmonising measures of senses and behaviours
  • Prospective associations between childhood environment and adult mental wellbeing
  • Review of methods for determining pubertal status
  • Exploiting the existing biomarker data available in CLOSER

Data linkage

CLOSER is helping to securely link data from longitudinal studies, with participant consent, to other records, such as Hospital Episode Statistics and the National Pupil Database, so we can better understand how different aspects of people’s lives interrelate. The work strands in this area are:

  • Linkage to Administrative and Educational Data
  • Linkage to geographic data
  • Linkage to Health data – Hospital episode statistics
  • Enabling data linkage in CLOSER studies

Research impact

CLOSER is working to enhance the impact of the studies on policy and practice. We are starting by reviewing the impact and communications work of all the studies to identify best practice. We will then use this information to develop a CLOSER impact strategy that complements and supports the work of the individual studies.

Training and capacity building

CLOSER provides training and capacity building opportunities for new and experienced data users and those running longitudinal studies.