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The Obstacles and Opportunities of Longitudinal Data Harmonisation: Experiences from CLOSER
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    Conference presentation
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  • Authors:
    O'Neill D
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    European Survey Research Association 2019 Conference
  • Conference place:
    Zagreb, Croatia
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  • Keywords:
    Harmonisation, Cross-study, Longitudinal
urveys often differ in the measurement tools and strategies they adopt, impacting upon the longitudinal and cross-study comparability of the information collected. Such dissimilarities may reflect pertinent differences in research aims and cross-cultural considerations, but they can also arise as a result of idiosyncrasies in assessment strategy, interdisciplinary variations, or changes in theory and measurement practice over time. Endeavours to make such data more equivalent and amenable to joint analysis can open up new research opportunities, as well as offering learning opportunities that facilitate more prospectively harmonised data collection moving forward. CLOSER, a consortium of UK longitudinal studies, coordinates a number of harmonisation work packages that has to date covered a wide range of topic areas, including measures of socio-economic status, body size, and childhood environment. Through this work, we have been able to observe and document the diverse obstacles and opportunities such efforts offer. This talk will address issues around data management, including the importance of documentation and its role in the subsequent utility of harmonised data outputs. Particular focus will be given to considerations around longitudinal data harmonisation, as well as the relevance of interdisciplinary differences. Finally, the importance of engagement and the challenges of effective dissemination, both of harmonised data outputs and the learning obtained through harmonisation exercises, will be discussed.
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