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Cohort and Longitudinal Studies Enhancement Resources
£5,165,505, Economic and Social Research Council Description The UK has a portfolio of the longest-running longitudinal studies in the world. These studies are well-recognised as one of the most crucial sources of evidence for policy development in health, economics and society. Launched on 1 October 2012, the Cohorts and Longitudinal Studies Enhancement Resources (CLOSER) is a consortium of the UK's leading birth cohort and longitudinal studies. It aims to maximise the use, value and impact of these studies both within the UK and abroad. Summary of activities The CLOSER programme brings together teams across the UK running longitudinal studies to: •stimulate interdisciplinary research across the major longitudinal studies •provide shared resources for research •assist with training and development for researchers in the use of longitudinal data at all career stages •share information and expertise in longitudinal methodology By doing this, CLOSER will help to build the body of knowledge on how UK people and society are changing across the generations, and how life in the UK compares to life in other countries. CLOSER will help increase the number of researchers who are confident and able to analyse longitudinal data. And last but not least, CLOSER will help improve the quality of the datasets themselves, making sure that data are comparable across studies and that the teams leading the studies can share best practice. Partner organisations The IOE's Department of Quantitative Social Science is one of the leading partners of the CLOSER programme. The collaboration currently includes 9 studies (listed below), as well as the British Library and the Economic and Social Data Service. Studies •Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children (Children of the 90s) •1970 British Cohort Study •Hertfordshire Cohort Study •Life Study (the new birth cohort) •Millennium Cohort Study (Child of the New Century) •1958 National Child Development Study •1946 MRC National Survey of Health and Development •Southampton Women's Survey •Understanding Society
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