How to search study data

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Search and browse questionnaires and data from longitudinal studies using the CLOSER Discovery search engine.

You can search by keyword, or browse by topic. Discovery provides users with a range of features to improve their searches and locate the data they are interested in.

 The CLOSER Discovery search engine can show you:

  • relevant survey questions and variables, which you can filter by study, topic and life stage;
  • the original question the variables are based on;
  • where questions appeared in the survey, including complete routing;
  • the sources of derived variables (but not the derivation methodology);
  • an overview of each variable, including valid and invalid cases; maximum, minimum and mean values; and in many cases, a frequency count; and,
  • how to access the data from each study.

You can save information for questions and variables of interest to a List, and download it for your reference.

Genetic data

Our studies also collect genetic data, which isn’t listed within CLOSER Discovery. View a summary of genetic data 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.