Our data collection includes major UK government-sponsored surveys, cross-national surveys, longitudinal studies, UK census data, international aggregate, business data, and qualitative data.
The tabs below also highlight data collections useful for students.
Our data collection contains many key UK surveys including British Social Attitudes (BSA) and the Labour Force Survey (LFS). These major surveys, many used for policy purposes, are designed by experts using tested methods of data collection.
How can we use survey data?
The high quality data from key UK surveys can be used for varied research projects:
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Some survey collections are complex; for example, data can be separated across multiple files, data may be coded using detailed schemes and you will need to user guides.
If new to survey data:
Using survey data
Our guide 'Using survey data' shows you the steps for starting your own research project using survey data. The guide has:
This guide is intended for dissertation students but is suitable for anyone with little knowledge of quantitative research.
Other useful guides
These concise guides cover commonly used statistics software:
Most survey data needs to be weighted. See these guides for more information:
Published reports and statistics
Key data and statistics from UK surveys can also be found is in reports and tables published by relevant agencies or government departments.
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