The sixth seminar in the CLOSER Longitudinal Methodology Series featured talks from Lorraine Dearden, Director of the Education Sector at the IFS and Professor of Economics and Social Statistics at the UCL Institute of Education, and Dr Gundi Knies, Research Fellow at the Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER).
Professor Lorraine Dearden
Lorraine Dearden spoke about her work linking survey data to the National Pupil Database, and how constructing a database provides a consistent record of school identifiers – taking into account mergers and school names – can help avoid being unable to match school to survey data. This work has huge potential to assist researchers using education and survey data. Lorraine’s team are in discussion with DfE about making the schools database more widely available. Download the presentation slides and watch the video.
Dr Gundi Knies
Gundi Knies presented her research into interviewer effects on respondent consent to data linkage. She drew on latest findings from audio-recordings of interviews and a survey of interviewers on the Understanding Society study and provide new insights into which interviewer behaviours help or hinder the data collection process. Download the presentation slides and watch the video.