Back in March, our Social Statistics section discussed how we might engage with the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) review of the future on investments in large longitudinal studies. A number of people got in touch to say the RSS should make some response. Here, we explain what progress has been made so far and how fellows and interested parties might engage further.
A longitudinal study is a research design that repeatedly observes a group of people (or cohort) over long periods of time. A famous example includes the Up television series, which has followed a group of same-aged people since 1964 when they were seven. They are often used by social scientists to study how life is changing over time.