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Longitudinal studies have a bright future – we must make our voice heard

In this blog, CLOSER Director Prof Rebecca Hardy argues that, longitudinal population studies need to fight for their place an increasingly crowded data landscape, but advances in technology and infrastructure mean the future is bright for these unique resources.

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ONS releases new data standards

Earlier this month, ONS announced new data standards – a step towards more accurate data sharing across government. In this blog, CLOSER’s Technical Lead, Jon Johnson, explores why such standards matter and how they might be enforced.

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5 new things you can now find through CLOSER Discovery

In December 2019, CLOSER added 35,000 new variables to its longitudinal metadata search platform, CLOSER Discovery. In this blog, Metadata Manager Hayley Mills describes the possibilities this opens up for researchers.

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What? Who? And, how?: Discovering the depths of mental health data in UK longitudinal studies

In this blog, Louise Arseneault and Bridget Bryan showcase the benefits of using their newly launched catalogue of mental health measures.

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Accessing transaction records for linkage in longitudinal cohort studies: how can researchers safeguard participants?

In this blog, Kate Shiells from the University of Bristol highlights findings from research investigating Children of the 90s’ participant’s views on sharing their transaction records.

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Filling in the gaps to boost evidence on vulnerable children

In this blog, Dr Alison Teyhan explains the advantages of using linked social care records to study vulnerable children in Bristol’s Children of the 90s.

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#Longitudinal: impacting on policy

In this blog, Harry Aagaard Evans of NHS England and Improvement gives his top tips for researches looking to engage with the policy community.

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Five reasons why I liked the ECSR conference

In our latest blog, Bozena Wielgoszewska summarises her ECSR conference experience and showcases some of her highlights from the event.

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How to… do this longitudinal stuff

CLOSER was recently commissioned by the Economic and Social Research Council to carry out a review of available training for longitudinal researchers. In this blog, the review’s author, Dr Jane Maddock, reflects on her findings, and her own experience as a developing longitudinal researcher.

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Unlocking the potential of mental health measures in the British birth cohorts

In this CLOSER blog, Prof George B. Ploubidis discusses how data harmonisation can help unlock the potential of mental health measures in the British birth cohorts.

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