Participant engagement in longitudinal studies: A knowledge exchange workshop ShareThis

Thank you very much for everyone who attended to the Participant Engagement in Longitudinal Studies KEW, 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.

CLOSER, a consortium of eight leading longitudinal studies, thanks everyone who attended to the informal Knowledge Exchange Workshop, Participant Engagement in Longitudinal Studies, on Friday 29th January 2016 between 10:00 and 17:00 in the Woburn House Conference Centre, 20 Tavistock Square, London, WC1H 9HQ.

It was open to all interested staff who work for a study. The agenda was designed based on a survey that was conducted by study staff around the world over the summer about what they wanted out of a participant engagement event.

About the event

Participant engagement is a major concern for longitudinal studies, however opportunities to share best practice and learning on this issue are few and far between. CLOSER sought to address this gap by hosting an informal knowledge exchange workshop on participant engagement for UK and international longitudinal studies.

Academic and professional staff with responsibility for participant engagement, whether at a strategic or operational level, were invited to attend. The objectives of the event were to share knowledge and innovative ideas in a relaxed atmosphere, discuss common challenges, and ultimately build capacity among study staff from both a top-down and bottom-up approach.

Please note the detailed Agenda (pdf).



Main Hall presentations (pdf) – including plenary sessions

Boardroom presentations (pdf)

Mezzanine Room presentations (pdf)

Committee Room presentations (pdf)


Venue and travel information

Woburn House Conference Centre, 20 Tavistock Square, London, WC1H 9HQ. Please note that delegates will be notified of the exact room once they have booked their place.


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    Professor Alison Park,

    Director, CLOSER

    As Director of the CLOSER programme (Cohort & Longitudinal Studies Enhancement Resources) I am responsible for making sure that it maximises the use, value and impact of the UK's longitudinal studies.

    My wider research and teaching focuses on social and political attitudes and behaviour and how these are changing over time, and on survey research methods more generally. Prior to joining UCL Institute of Education, I worked at NatCen Social Research where I designed, resourced and carried out commission and grant-funded social research, with a particular focus on survey research.

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    Dr Lisa Calderwood,

    PI of Next Steps (LSYPE) and Senior Survey Manager

    Lisa is the Principal Investigator of the Next Steps (previously known as the Longitudinal Study of Young People in England, LSYPE). She is also the Senior Survey Manager for the Centre for Longitudinal Studies, responsible for leading the survey management team. Lisa has extensive experience in all aspects of longitudinal survey design and implementation. Her research interests are in survey methodology, particularly preventing non-response in longitudinal surveys.