COVID-19 newsletters, blogs and opinion

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In this section, you’ll find the latest COVID-19 related blogs and opinion pieces from the longitudinal research community, as well as past issues of the CLOSER COVID-19 Update Bulletin newsletter.


Blogs and opinion

COVID-19: Perspectives blog series

Adapting data collection during COVID-19 at TwinsUK
By Paz García, Twins UK Engagement & Communications Manager

Paz García shares insights into how the TwinsUK quickly adapted their data collection methods to effectively gather information from their participants during the UK’s lockdown.

 

Volunteer brings shopping to older personAssessing the impact of COVID-19 on the older population in England
By Kate Coughlin, ELSA Project Manager

Kate Coughlin outlines ELSA’s COVID-19 response and how the study is in the position of being able to provide unique insights on the immediate and longer-term effects of the pandemic on the older population.

 

COVID-19: A defining moment for longitudinal research?
By Rob Davies, Head of CLOSER COVID-19 Taskforce

Rob Davies argues that harnessing the power of longitudinal studies will help us understand the pandemic and calls for a new national birth cohort to ensure valuable information from another generation is not lost.

 

Blogs from the wider longitudinal research community

Two front doorsSomeone’s knocking at the door
By Guy Goodwin, NatCen Social Research writing for the Social Research Association

When can, and should, interviewers return into the field to conduct face-to-face social surveys and under what conditions? Guy Goodwin addresses some of the key questions for both survey commissioners and research organisations.

 

DecorativeEmerging evidence on COVID-19’s impact on mental health and health inequalities
By Louise Marshall, Jo Bibby, Isabel Abbs, The Health Foundation

Louise Marshall, Jo Bibby, Isabel Abbs explore the impact of COVID-19 on mental health, and how some groups are affected more than others.

 

Twitter chat with our Data Impact Fellows on #DoingResearchNow
By Neil Dymond-Green, UK Data Service

Neil Dymond-Green summarises a recent Twitter chat in which the UKDS Data Fellows discussed what it means to be doing research during the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

Empty street in LondonCOVID-19 and our unprecedented age of change
By Raj Patel, Associate Director of Policy at Understanding Society

The scale and depth of this crisis is unprecedented, its duration uncertain, and speculation rife about the possibilities of radical change.

 

Young woman and her childComing of age in the time of coronavirus: young lives and families in low- and middle-income countries
By Gina Crivello, Senior Research Officer at Young Lives

COVID-19 hits older people and those with underlying health conditions hardest. But what of young people who are setting the foundations of their adult lives?

 

Bird's eye view of people walkingCOVID-19: Social surveys are now more important than ever
By Patty Doran, Research Associate and Vanessa Higgins, Service Director for User Support and Training at the UK Data Service

Patty Doran and Vanessa Higgins highlight how the range of survey and longitudinal data in the UK Data Service collection can give context for the current inequalities being experienced due to the coronavirus lockdown.


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