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Pioneers in data discoverability – the CLOSER metadata search platform

Rob Davies charts our CLOSER Discovery journey, from its initial aims and development, to challenges faced and innovative solutions found.

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Launching an important piece of UK research infrastructure: the UK Longitudinal Linkage Collaboration

The UK Longitudinal Linkage Collaboration (UK LLC) provides a new way of working for record linkages in longitudinal research. It’s a four-nations interdisciplinary infrastructure for secure cross-cohort analysis – with regularly refreshed linkages of COVID-19-relevant health records. No-one else in the world is doing this. With our partners, we’re contributing an important piece of the […]

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Living with uncertainty: The impact of COVID-19 restrictions on Born in Bradford families

In our latest COVID-19 Perspectives blog, Claire McIvor, Kirsty Crossley, and Bridget Lockyer detail Born in Bradford’s response to the pandemic, explore key findings, and reflect on what can be learnt from the experiences of the BiB families.

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Missing those harder-to-reach: It’s time to make increased use of population data to bolster research equity

Andy Boyd (Director at the UK Longitudinal Linkage Collaboration) calls for appropriate use of population data to improve inclusiveness in longitudinal research.

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ALSPAC cohort members provide invaluable input into the development of digital footprint linkage frameworks

Kate Shiells and Andy Boyd explore their latest research, analysing feedback from study participants on the use of digital footprint data.

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How useful do young people think Relationships and Sex Education is? Evidence from LSYPE2

The Department for Education recently published a new research brief which used data from the Longitudinal Study of Young People in England 2 to examine the experiences of relationships and sex education and sexual risk taking. Here, Rushda Khandker (Senior Research Officer) explores the brief’s key findings.

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Part 2: The impact of COVID-19 on middle-aged people in England

In the second part of our mini-series looking at the HEAF study, Stefania D’Angelo sets out the changes to the delivery, focus and findings of the study surveys amidst the COVID-19 pandemic and national restrictions.

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Next Steps is now part of CLOSER Discovery

Next Steps metadata is now available to explore in CLOSER Discovery. To celebrate this milestone, Morag Henderson introduces the study and its recent research findings.

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Part 1: New to CLOSER – introducing the Health and Employment After Fifty (HEAF) Study

HEAF was one of 11 new longitudinal studies to join the CLOSER consortium in 2020. Here, Catherine Linaker Introduces us to the study and their data while highlighting their COVID response and future aims.

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Growing Up in Scotland: before, during and after COVID-19

Line Knudsen introduces Growing Up in Scotland, discusses their COVID-19 response, and looks ahead to the study’s future.

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