The Millennium Cohort Study (MCS) Age 17 Survey: Consultative Conference ShareThis


Thank you very much for everyone who contributed to the Millennium Cohort Study Age 17 Survey: Consultative Conference, and helped make the event such a success. We received very good feedback across the board and look forward to some positive results being produced as a result.

An open consultative conference was held at the UCL Institute of Education on Monday 16th November 2015. It was open to all interested parties, including representatives of the MCS funders. Please note that the Centre for Longitudinal Studies (CLS) ran this event.


You can view the agenda here.


About the event

Delegates from the scientific community, government departments, members of the third sector and other stakeholders gathered to discuss the proposed content of the data collection instruments at the MCS7 survey.

We sought audience views on the proposals which were presented at the conference. The presentations will be available after the conference on the CLS website by the end of November. We will have open discussion at the conference, which will continue via the CLS website until the end of December 2015.

The Age 17 scientific consultation contains three broad themes, which encapsulate all of the above dimensions:

1.      Activities and daily life

2.      Socio-emotional development

3.      Cognitive development



Speakers included Professor Emla Fitzsimons, Director and PI of the Millennium Cohort Study, and members of the Scientific Advisory Group:

Speaker slides:


  • Professor Emla Fitzsimons photo

    Professor Emla Fitzsimons,

    Professor of Economics, and Director and PI of the Millennium Cohort Study (MCS)

    I lead the team responsible for developing the content, design and analysis of the Millennium Cohort Study. My research is focused on human capital investment from early childhood through adolescence. Regarding my work on early childhood, I was PI of a parenting programme in Colombia, implemented by local women and evaluated by randomised control trial. The programme, which ran for 18 months, used weekly home visits to encourage interaction between mothers and young children through regular play and communication. I have been involved extensively in the implementation and evaluation of a nutrition programme in Malawi, which provided information on nutrition to mothers of very young children. I have studied the influence of breastfeeding on development through childhood, using a unique source of variation in the Millennium Cohort Study. My second focus stage, adolescence, has considered how factors such as divorce in childhood, family size and composition, and policies such as school subsidies and university grants, affect skill formation in this critical period. Prior to joining the Institute of Education, I worked at the Institute for Fiscal Studies, where I remain affiliated as a Research Fellow.