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In this section, you’ll find blogs from CLOSER’s COVID-19: Perspectives series.

A father, wearing a face mask, hugs his young daughterCutting through the noise: mobilising data and generating impact during a global pandemic
By Rob Davies, CLOSER

As the UK moves into a new phase of its COVID-19 response, Rob Davies explores how CLOSER’s work has ensured that longitudinal data and research will remain at the forefront of the country’s response to the pandemic, now and in the future.


Part 3: Understanding the pandemic – What has lockdown meant for ‘families beyond households’?
By Kelly Reeve, Understanding Society

In the final blog of our 3-part series with Understanding Society, Kelly Reeve looks at what coronavirus restrictions meant for grandparents’ relationships with grandchildren, and for parents who don’t live with their children, during the first UK lockdown.


Overhead view of students studyingPart 2: Understanding the pandemic – looking at early research findings from COVID-19 data
By Chris Coates, Understanding Society

In the second blog post in a 3-part series by Understanding Society, Chris Coates takes a look at the implications posed by early research findings from the COVID-19 survey they launched last year.


Woman wearing a mask in the park using her phonePart 1: Understanding the pandemic – surveying the population during lockdown
By Michaela Benzeval, Jon Burton, and Peter Lynn, Understanding Society

In the first of a 3-part blog series, CLOSER partner study, Understanding Society, takes a look at how they rapidly adapted to the COVID-19 pandemic.


Woman wearing a mask sitting on a trainThe COVID-19 pandemic: a life course perspective
By Rebecca Hardy, CLOSER

Prof Rebecca Hardy, CLOSER Director, reflects on how a life course approach can aid understanding of the likely long-term impacts of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, from mental health and obesity to economic and educational inequalities.


Assessment of how older adults have been affected by COVID-19: A look at the Hertfordshire Cohort Study
By Elaine Dennison, University of Southampton

Elaine Dennison takes a look at the lockdown experiences of Hertfordshire Cohort Study participants during the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.


AWoman wearing face shield and medical maskdapting to the new normal: innovation and collaboration in longitudinal studies during COVID-19
By Andy Wong, MRC Unit for Lifelong Health and Ageing at UCL

Andy Wong talks about innovation and adaptation of data collection methods in the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.


woman wearing face maskHow the UK’s longitudinal studies are helping society navigate the COVID-19 pandemic
By Alissa Goodman, UCL Centre for Longitudinal Studies (CLS)

Alissa Goodman discusses how CLS rapidly responded to the UK’s lockdown by launching a special COVID-19 survey to capture time-critical experiences of the pandemic, and looks at the first analyses of data.


COVID-19 and the inequality in psychological distress in the UK: new evidence from the first three months of the pandemic
By Apostolos Davillas, University of East Anglia and Andrew Jones, University of York

Dr Apostolos Davillas and Professor Andrew Jones explore new evidence from the first three months of the UK response to the pandemic, highlighting the inequality in psychological distress in the UK.


A new future for longitudinal research in the wake of COVID-19
By David Porteous, Generation Scotland and Nic Timpson, ALSPAC

David Porteous and Nic Timpson write about the process of data collection during the UK’s lockdown that led them to join forces and adapt the Generation Scotland and ALSPAC COVID-19 questionnaire for wider use in the UK and other cohorts.


Remote data collection for large-scale longitudinal research: reflections from the pre- and lessons for the post-pandemic era
By Bonamy Oliver, Associate Professor in Developmental Psychology

Bonamy Oliver writes about the challenge of family psychology in 2020, and what pre-pandemic efforts to conduct detailed family assessments suitable for large-scale studies have to offer.


The future of data collection in a rapidly changing world
By Rebecca Hardy, CLOSER Director

Rebecca Hardy reflects on the challenges and opportunities of collecting data as a result of COVID-19, and shares her insights on what the future holds for longitudinal research.


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.


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