Learn how to access the data from each of the CLOSER studies.
To find out more about the content of the individual studies before accessing the data, you can search and browse questionnaires and variables from the CLOSER studies using CLOSER Discovery.
CLOSER Discovery is a unique search engine that enables you to search by keyword, or browse by topic. A search on CLOSER Discovery will show you:
- relevant survey questions and variables, which you can filter by study, topic and life stage, and
- how to access the data from each study.
Read more about CLOSER Discovery.
Accessing study data
Access to data is handled differently for each of the studies. Survey data from ESRC-funded surveys are available to bona fide researchers from the UK Data Service (UKDS). These are:
- 1958 National Child Development Study
- 1970 British Cohort Study
- Millennium Cohort Study
- Understanding Society: The UK Household Longitudinal Study
The studies funded by the MRC have governance and access arrangements that comply with MRC data sharing policy. Researchers wishing to use data from these surveys need to contact the studies directly. Details of how to access data from each study is on the individual study pages:
- Hertfordshire Cohort Study
- 1946 MRC National Survey of Health and Development
- Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children
- Southampton Women’s Survey
Genetics and sample data
Our studies also collect genetic data, which isn’t listed within CLOSER Discovery. However, researchers can visit CLOSER Discovery to view a summary of genetic data available in CLOSER studies, with links to accessing this data.
Researchers wishing to access genetics data from ESRC-funded studies will need to apply to METADAC.
CLOSER has produced a series of harmonised datasets that are available to download from the UK Data Service (UKDS), some with special licence access. These range from topics from height, weight and BMI to socioeconomic status and have harmonised data drawn variously from the CLOSER studies. Visit the CLOSER dataset page on the UKDS.