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Making data more easily discoverable is one of CLOSER’s main objectives.

The CLOSER International project takes this objective worldwide, focusing on promoting the value of longitudinal studies in low and middle-income countries. These studies are a unique source of evidence for researchers and policymakers alike.

The ATLAS catalogue, our online directory of 200+ longitudinal studies in low and middle-income countries will enable researchers to explore detailed information about the studies, their questionnaires, variables, and conditions of data access all in one place.

Use the links below to find more about the CLOSER International project on this page:

About the project

The objective of CLOSER International is to bring to light opportunities for longitudinal research in low and middle income countries.

Funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) through the Global Challenges Research Fund, the project will create the ATLAS catalogue – an enhanced online directory of longitudinal studies in low and middle-income countries.

CLOSER International also works to actively promote the value of longitudinal studies from low and middle-income countries through training and capacity building.

The team plans to build a network of academics, policymakers and other data users working, or interested in, collecting and using longitudinal data in low and middle-income countries. More information about the network will be made available soon.

If you are interested in joining the network, or would like to be kept up to date with progress, please contact CLOSER Project Officer, Sophie Robinson: sophie.robinson@ucl.ac.uk

About the ATLAS Catalogue

The ATLAS Catalogue is a unique search platform which will enable users to explore detailed information about more than 200 longitudinal studies in low and middle-income countries. The catalogue aims to promote high-quality, open-access studies, and to provide a platform for researchers and policy makers in this field.

The catalogue builds upon previous ESRC-funded efforts in this area, such as the Institute of Fiscal Studies’ (IFS) Low and Middle-Income Population Studies Directory. The IFS directory was launched in September 2017, and offers top-level information on studies

The ATLAS Catalogue will go one step further, linking longitudinal studies with the data archives or catalogues in which they are included, and incorporating questionnaires, variable level information and details about the data access conditions.

We are working to launch the ATLAS Catalogue in early 2021.

Adding information to ATLAS

If you would like your longitudinal study to be included in ATLAS, or would like to update the study information currently featured in the catalogue, please contact CLOSER International’s Project Lead, Rafael Novella: r.novella@ucl.ac.uk

CLOSER International team

The CLOSER International project is led by Rafael Novella, CLOSER Senior Research Fellow. Rafael’s main research and professional interests are at the intersection of labour and development economics and public policy, particularly in the design and evaluation of policy interventions related to skills formation, Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) programs, and labor intermediation services.

Rafael is also a Research Associate at the Oxford Department of International Development (ODID\Young Lives) and an Associate Research Fellow at the Centre on Skills, Knowledge and Organisational Performance (SKOPE) at the University of Oxford. He holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Essex.

Rafael can be contacted via email: r.novella@ucl.ac.uk or Twitter: @rnovella13

The CLOSER International project is also supported by the wider CLOSER team.

CLOSER International Advisory Group

CLOSER International is supported by an advisory group of leading academics and practitioners representing key institutions working with longitudinal data in low and middle-income countries.

The CLOSER International Advisory Group provides guidance and expertise on the funding, production and management of longitudinal studies in low and middle-income countries.

The current members of the Advisory Group include:

Training and capacity building

CLOSER International promotes the value of longitudinal studies from low and middle-income countries through producing training resources on the CLOSER Learning Hub and showcasing the advantages and utility of these studies at academic events and conferences around the world.

CLOSER Learning Hub

The CLOSER International team is working to create training materials providing relevant information and guidance for users who are conducting longitudinal research in low and middle-income countries.

The training will build on the content currently available on the CLOSER Learning Hub – our online, educational resource introducing students and non-experts to the basics of longitudinal studies.

Explore the CLOSER Learning Hub

Events

Information on upcoming events including conference presentations, seminars and workshops will be listed here once confirmed.