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Past Events

2012

Crime surveys user meeting

Finding survey data for your research: An introductory webinar

Labour Force Survey/Annual Population Survey user meeting

Introduction to UK Survey Data for studying Attitudes

Finding survey data for your research: An introductory webinar

Employment and the Labour Market Data: A Brief Tour

3-Day Multilevel Modelling Course: Modelling the impact of households and geographies in health research

Health surveys user meeting

An Introduction to the International Passenger Survey

Family Resources Survey user meeting

Using Large Scale Government Microdata for Employment and Labour Market Research

British Secondary Data: Researching Housing and the Local Environment

Opinions and Lifestyle Survey user meeting

Living Costs and Food Survey user meeting

2011

Crime surveys user meeting

Labour Force Survey/Annual Population Survey user meeting

ESDS Government Research Conference 2011

A European workshop to introduce the EU Survey of Income and Living Conditions and the EU Labour Force Survey data

Health surveys user meeting

Family Resorces Survey User Meeting

Introduction to Government Surveys for Housing and the Local Environment

An Introduction to the Integrated Household Survey Workshop

General Lifestyle Survey (formerly the General Household Survey) user meeting

GSR Data Sharing Seminar

Introducing small area estimation techniques and applying them to the Health Survey for England using Stata

2010

Crime surveys user meeting

Labour Force Survey user meeting

Introducing multilevel models and applying them to the Health Survey for England using MLwiN

Health Surveys user meeting

Family Resources Survey user meeting

Introductory Workshop: Analysing Complex Sample Design in ESDS Government Datasets

Learning and Teaching with real data: data and resources

methods@manchester seminar

The Economic and Social Data Service - large scale government datasets

Sample data from surveys and the Census: data sources and resources for health analysts

General Household Survey (General Lifestyle Survey) user meeting

2009

Labour Force Survey user meeting

Crime surveys user meeting

ESDS International for parliamentarians

ESDS Government Research Conference: Crime, Safety and Community

Introduction to government survey data: focus on crime

Introductory Workshop: Analysing Complex Sample Design in ESDS Government Datasets

Health surveys user meeting

Family Resources Survey user meeting

Learning and teaching with real data: data and resources

General Household Survey user meeting

2008

Crime surveys user meeting

Labour Force Survey/Annual Population Survey user meeting

Britain in a European Context - Research Data Resources

Health surveys user meeting

Introduction to the Expenditure and Food Survey

Family Resources Survey user meeting

General Household Survey user meeting

ESDS Government meeting on changes in access to the government surveys and Labour Force Survey/Annual Population Survey user meeting

2007

British Crime Survey User Meeting

Introduction to government microdata: focus on consumption

ESDS Government Research Conference 2007

Working with survey files: linking, matching and using hierarchy

Health surveys user meeting

Introduction to ESDS Government: focus on the Omnibus Survey

Family Resources Survey user meeting

General Household Survey user meeting

Integrated Household Survey meeting

Labour Force Survey User Meeting 2007

2006

British Crime Survey User Meeting 2006

ESDS Government Research Conference 2006

Introduction to government microdata: focus on ethnicity

Introductory workshop on analysis over time

ESDS Government at the Research Methods Festival

Health Surveys User Meeting 2006

An introduction to UK Microdata - focus on ethnicity

General Household Survey User Group Meeting 2006

Surveys, social capital and social networks

A consultation on the ONS Continuous Population Survey/Integrated Household Survey

2005

Labour Force Survey User Group Meeting 2005

ESRC Survey Link Scheme Workshop

ESDS Government Annual Research Conference 2005

Introductory workshop on a social capital theme

Introduction to Government Microdata: ESDS Government and the Samples of Anonymised Records (Edinburgh)

A seminar to highlight the research value of Scotland government datasets

Health Survey's User Group Meeting 2005

ESRC Survey Link Scheme Workshop

Large-scale government microdata workshop (Plymouth)

General Household Survey User Group Meeting 2005

2004

Using Government Surveys for Research (Cardiff)

Labour Force Survey User Group Meeting 2004

Understanding Coronary Heart Disease: evidence from survey data

Using government surveys for research (St Andrews)

ESDS Government Workshops (Manchester)

ESDS Awareness Day (Cambridge)

Linking Data: understanding the past and looking into the future

Social Science Data Archives: creating, depositing and using data (Oxford)

Weighting the Social Surveys

ESDS Awareness Day (Belfast)

First meeting of the Health Survey's User Group

2003

ESDS Awareness Day (RSS, London)

Social and demographic change in Britain - informing the future

The European Social Survey: the potential for research and teaching

Labour Force Survey User Group Meeting 2003

Social science data resources: new opportunities for using government surveys and census microdata (Newcastle)

Using Government Surveys and International Datasets for Research (Surrey)

Using Government Surveys and International Datasets for Research (Manchester)

The Health Surveys of England, Scotland and Wales

ESDS Government at the MIMAS OpenForum 2003

Data Sources for Secondary Analysis for Social Scientists

Threats and opportunities for Labour Market Statistics


Crime surveys user meeting

Thursday 13 December 2012

Royal Statistical Society, London

This meeting, organised by the UK Data Service, will provide a forum for data users and producers to meet and discuss new developments and exchange information about the UK crime surveys.


Finding survey data for your research: An introductory webinar

Monday 10 December 2012, 11am - 11.50am GMT

Sarah King-Hele and Jen Buckley, UK Data Service

This fifty minute webinar, delivered by the UK Data Service, will show how to find, explore and access survey data relevant to your research that are available through the Economic and Social Data Service website: www.esds.ac.uk.

The website provides access and support for an extensive range of key economic and social data, including data from large scale social surveys like the British Social Attitudes Survey or the longitudinal survey Understanding Society.

This webinar is a repeat of the one given on 27 November.


Labour Force Survey/Annual Population Survey user meeting

Monday 10 December 2012

Royal Statistical Society, London

This meeting, organised by the UK Data Service, will provide a forum for data users and producers to meet and discuss new developments and exchange information about the Labour Force Survey (LFS) and Annual Population Survey (APS).


Introduction to UK Survey Data for studying Attitudes

Thursday 6 December 2012

Basement Lab, Humanities Bridgeford Street building, University of Manchester

This one-day workshop introduces the UK survey data that are available for re-analysis and teaching via the Economic and Social Data Service website. The focus of the workshop will be on data related to attitudes but many of the issues covered are applicable to other areas. The day is appropriate for those with little or no experience of the data.

Participants will learn about the data available, considerations when using the data, the research potential of the data, how to register for and access data and where to go for help. There will also be hands-on computing sessions in SPSS to explore and start analysis using the British Social Attitudes Survey and the British Household Panel Survey.


Employment and the Labour Market Data: A Brief Tour

Monday 24 September 2012
Online, 15:00-16:00

Recording and slides

Short on time but want to know more about data available to research employment and the labour market?

This free hour-long webinar on individual-level data from government surveys and censuses will introduce you to the main datasets and their use. The session will be presented by Jen Buckley and Jo Wathan and will cover basic issues for new users and provide an opportunity to ask questions from your own desk.


3-Day Multilevel Modelling Course: Modelling the impact of households and geographies in health research

Wednesday 11 - Friday 13 July 2012

Basement Computer Lab, Humanities Bridgeford Street Building, University of Manchester

This workshop is jointly organised by ESDS Government and e-Stat, a quantitative node for the ESRC Digital Social Research programme which brings together academics working in statistics and computer science. The focus of the workshop is on the use of new statistical software, STAT-JR, for fitting complex statistical models.

Prerequisites: a working knowledge of multiple regression and the basics of sample design. This course will be ideal for those with limited knowledge of multilevel and MCMC methods who want to explore these in more detail or those with some knowledge of multilevel models who want to learn STAT-JR.


Health surveys user meeting

Tuesday 10 July 2012

Royal Statistical Society, London

This meeting will provide a forum for the exchange of information and views between users and producers of the UK health surveys. It is aimed primarily at users and potential users of survey microdata. The programme for the user meeting will contain a mixture of papers from data producers and researchers.


An Introduction to the International Passenger Survey

Friday 29 June 2012
Basement Computer Lab, Humanities Bridgeford Street Building, University of Manchester

A one-day workshop to introduce the International Passenger Survey to those with no or little knowledge of the IPS.


Family Resources Survey user meeting

Friday 22 June 2012

Royal Statistical Society, London

This meeting will provide a forum for the exchange of information and views between users and producers of the Family Resources Survey. It is aimed primarily at users and potential users of survey microdata.


Using Large Scale Government Microdata for Employment and Labour Market Research
Tuesday 22 May 2012
Computer Lab 2.2, Humanities Bridgeford Street Building, University of Manchester

A one day training event organised by ESDS government in collaboration with the Office for National Statistics.


This workshop is aimed at anyone unfamiliar with large scale government datasets or labour market research. It will introduce those interested in the broad areas of labour market and employment to the microdata available at ESDS Government.


British Secondary Data: Researching Housing and the Local Environment

Monday 26 March 2012

Institute of Education, London

This one-day workshop organised by the Economic and Social Data Service introduces British individual-level data ('microdata') that are available for re-analysis. The focus will be on data from surveys and the Census, with a particular emphasis on the English Housing Survey.


Opinions and Lifestyle Survey user meeting

Wednesday 21 March 2012

Royal Statistical Society, Errol Street, London, EC1Y 8LX

ESDS Government has organised this half-day Opinions and Lifestyle Survey user meeting, which will comprise a number of papers from users of the current ONS Opinions Survey and the General Lifestyle Survey. The user meeting will also provide users with valuable information from ONS on the content and methodology of the new Opinions and Lifestyle Survey that will be created in 2012 as a result of merging the ONS Opinions survey with some of the previous General Lifestyle Survey questions. For more information on this please see the ONS website.


Living Costs and Food Survey user meeting

Tuesday 20 March 2012

Royal Statistical Society, Errol Street, London, EC1Y 8LX

This meeting, organised by the Economic and Social Data Service, will provide a forum for data users and producers to meet and discuss new developments and exchange information about the Living Costs and Food Survey. The programme contains a mixture of papers from data producers and researchers.


Crime surveys user meeting

Tuesday 13 December 2011

Royal Statistical Society, London

This meeting, organised by the Economic and Social Data Service, will provide a forum for data users and producers to meet and discuss new developments and exchange information about the UK crime surveys.

 

Labour Force Survey/Annual Population Survey user meeting

Tuesday 6 December 2011

Royal Statistical Society, London

This meeting, organised by the Economic and Social Data Service, will provide a forum for data users and producers to meet and discuss new developments and exchange information about the Labour Force Survey (LFS) and Annual Population Survey (APS).

 

ESDS Government Research Conference 2011

Where We Live and Why It Matters: Evidence on Housing and Neighbourhood from Government Surveys


Monday 31 October 2011
Royal Institute of British Architects, London


Understanding housing and neighbourhoods is key to reducing inequalities and improving the quality of life for people and communities. This one-day conference focuses on research evidence from government surveys such as the English Housing Survey, the British Crime Survey, Living in Wales and the Family Resources Survey.

The conference will be relevant for those with an interest in housing and/or neighbourhoods and associated policy areas. Papers cover a range of issues including neighbourhood types, neighbourhood perceptions, housing tenure and housing wealth. The day seeks to present research with policy relevance and we welcome attendance from policy makers, analysts, academics and others working in these areas.

 

A European workshop to introduce the EU Survey of Income and Living Conditions and the EU Labour Force Survey data

Thursday 4 August – Friday 5 August 2011

University of Manchester

A workshop organised by ESDS Government at the University of Manchester and GESIS at the Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences, Mannheim. This workshop will give an introduction to the cross-national comparative EU-SILC and EU-LFS data.


Health surveys user meeting

Tuesday 5 July 2011

Royal Statistical Society, London

The programme for the user meeting will contain a mixture of papers from data producers and researchers. The meeting will provide a forum for the exchange of information and views between users and producers of the UK health surveys. It is aimed primarily at users and potential users of survey microdata.


Family Resources Survey user meeting

Friday 10th June 2011

Royal Statistical Society, London

This meeting will provide a forum for the exchange of information and views between users and producers of the Family Resources Survey. It is aimed primarily at users and potential users of survey microdata.


Introduction to Government Surveys for Housing and the Local Environment
Tuesday 24 May 2011

University of Manchester

This one-day workshop introduces the UK large-scale government survey data that are available for re-analysis and teaching. The focus of the workshop will be on data related to housing and/or the local environment but many of the issues covered are applicable to other areas. The day is aimed at those with little or no experience of the data.

Participants will then learn about the data available, considerations when using the data, the research potential of the data, how to register for and access data and where to go for help. There will also be a hands-on computing session to explore the English Housing Survey data in Nesstar and start analysis in SPSS.


An Introduction to the Integrated Household Survey
Wednesday 30 March 2011
Tait Building, Main Campus, City University, London

This workshop has been jointly organised by the Economic and Social Data Service (ESDS) and the Office for National Statistics (ONS). The workshop will introduce the Integrated Household Survey (IHS) data that is now available for secondary analysis from ESDS.

Participants will learn about the background to the data, the structure of the dataset and the variables available for secondary analysis, considerations when using the data, the research potential of the data, how to register for and access data and where to go for help. There will also be a hands-on computing session to explore the data in Nesstar and start analysis in SPSS.

Some experience of using SPSS would be very useful but is not essential.


General Lifestyle Survey (formerly the General Household Survey) user meeting

Wednesday 23 March 2011

Royal Statistical Society, London

The GLF user meeting programme contains a mixture of papers from data producers and researchers. The meeting will include an update from ONS on the future of the GLF and an opportunity to make your views heard.


GSR Data Sharing Seminar

Tuesday 1 March 2011

Churchill Room, HMRC, 100 Parliament Street, London SW1A 2BQ


Introducing small area estimation techniques and applying them to the Health Survey for England using Stata

Wednesday 26 January 2011

Humanities Bridgeford Street, University of Manchester

Pre-requisites – Attendees should have a working knowledge of regression techniques and be familiar with the use of the Stata statistical analysis package.

Many of the surveys supported by ESDS Government are either not available for sub-national areas such as districts and wards or are based on such small sample sizes that local survey estimates are not reliable. For many users of government surveys this represents an information gap that hinders research and policymaking with a local dimension. This workshop introduces statistical methods that combine survey data with other locally available information to generate estimates for geographical areas at which survey data is unavailable or unreliable.

The workshop is structured around a number of practical sessions where participants will gain hands on opportunities of using different models to generate district estimates of disability. The Health Survey for England will be used to provide detailed data on disability and the Census (and other sources) will provide the local information that is combined with the survey data to generate district estimates of disability.


Crime surveys user meeting

Tuesday 7 December 2010

Brunei Gallery, SOAS, London

This meeting will provide a forum for data users and producers to meet and discuss new developments and exchange information about the crime surveys.


Labour Force Survey user meeting

Thursday 2 December 2010

Royal Statistical Society, London

This meeting will provide a forum for data users and producers to meet and discuss new developments and exchange information about the Labour Force Survey.


Introducing multilevel models and applying them to the Health Survey for England using MLwiN

27 - 28 October 2010

Humanities Bridgeford Street, University of Manchester

This workshop is jointly organised by ESDS Government and e-Stat, a quantitative node for the ESRC NCeSS programme which brings together academics working in statistics and computer science.

The focus of this two-day workshop is on multilevel modelling where the multilevel structure is determined by the sample design, in particular on the way the methods can be applied to the Health Survey for England. This structure will then be used to examine the extent to which variables such as height, weight and BMI are clustered by household and area and whether any of this variability can be accounted by background variables such as social class and educational qualifications. The first day will provide a general introduction to multilevel modelling of sample survey data and will introduce the data to be used throughout the practical sessions of the workshop. The second day will be practical, applying MLwiN to a set of substantive questions using the Health Survey for England data.


Health surveys user meeting

Royal Statistical Society, London

Wednesday 14 July 2010

This meeting will provide a forum for the exchange of information and views between users and producers of the UK health surveys. It is aimed primarily at users and potential users of survey microdata.


Family Resources Survey User Meeting

Royal Statistical Society, London

Thursday 10 June 2010

This meeting will provide a forum for the exchange of information and views between users and producers of the Family Resources Survey. It is aimed primarily at users and potential users of survey microdata.


Introductory Workshop: Analysing Complex Sample Design in ESDS Government Datasets

Basement Computer Lab, Humanities Bridgeford Street, University of Manchester

Thursday 27 May 2010

Focussing on design-based approaches, this introductory workshop provides grounding in elementary concepts in complex sample design and the analysis of survey data using Stata.


Learning and Teaching with real data: data and resources

Humanities Bridgeford Street Building, University of Manchester

Tuesday 4 May 2010

This workshop is designed for current and future HE teachers interested in using real data in their teaching.


The Economic and Social Data Service – large scale government datasets

Basement Computer Lab, Humanities Bridgeford Street building, University of Manchester

Monday 19 April 2010, 1 - 2pm

A talk by Vanessa Higgins of CCSR for the methods@manchester resources seminar series.

The large-scale government surveys, such as the General Household Survey and the Labour Force Survey, are key data resources for understanding population structure and change for the UK and its component countries. This talk will highlight the research and teaching value of these and other surveys such as the British Crime Survey and the Health Survey for England.


Sample data from surveys and the Census: data sources and resources for health analysts

Basement Computer Lab, Humanities Bridgeford Street building, University of Manchester

Thursday 15 April 2010

This day will provide an introduction to some key national data sources for health analysts: the health surveys (e.g. Health Survey for England) and the Samples of Anonymised Records (SARs) from the Census. The day will introduce the data themselves, case studies of use in academic and policy settings and the ways in which the data are obtainable.


General Household Survey (General Lifestyle Survey) user meeting

Royal Statistical Society, London

Wednesday 17 March 2010

This meeting will provide a forum for data users and producers to meet and discuss new developments and exchange information about the General Household Survey (GHS).


Labour Force Survey user meeting

Royal Statistical Society, London

Tuesday 15 December 2009

This meeting will provide a forum for data users and producers to meet and discuss new developments and exchange information about the Labour Force Survey.


Crime surveys user meeting

University of Manchester

Monday 7 December 2009

This meeting will provide a forum for data users and producers to meet and discuss new developments and exchange information about the crime surveys.


ESDS International for parliamentarians

25 November 2009

Portcullis House, London

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ESDS Government participated in this ESDS International for Parliamentarians event.


ESDS Government Research Conference: Crime, Safety and Community
British Academy, London
Wednesday 18 November 2009

This one-day conference focuses on research evidence from the British Crime Survey, the Home Office Offenders Index and the Scottish Crime and Victimisation Survey. Papers cover a range of issues, including the distribution of crime victimisation in the general population, changes in offending profiles with age, property crime and fear of crime. The conference will be relevant for those with an interest in crime and associated policy areas. The day seeks to present research with policy relevance and we particularly welcome attendance from policy makers, analysts and senior academics.


Introduction to government survey data: focus on crime

Lancaster University

Tuesday 6 October 2009

This workshop introduces the UK large-scale government survey data that is available for re-analysis and teaching. The focus of the workshop will be on crime-related data but many of the issues covered are applicable to other areas. The day is aimed at those with little or no experience of the data.

There will be an introductory session on general crime statistics and how best to measure crime. Participants will then learn about the data available, considerations when using the data, the research potential of the data, how to register for and access data and where to go for help. There will also be a hands-on computing session to explore the data in Nesstar and start analysis in SPSS.


Introductory Workshop: Analysing Complex Sample Design in ESDS Government Datasets

Hanson Room, Ground Floor, Humanities Bridgeford Street, University of Manchester

Monday 20 July 2009

Standard statistical software commands typically treat data as simple random samples. A large proportion of Government surveys however employ complex sample design features such as stratification and clustering. Rather than treating such data as simple random samples, techniques, or approaches to analysis are required that take into account these design features. Focussing on design-based approaches, this introductory workshop provides grounding in elementary concepts in complex sample design and the analysis of survey data using Stata. A new guide to analysing complex survey design in ESDS Government datasets is further introduced.



Health surveys user meeting

Royal Statistical Society, London

Thursday 9 July 2009

This meeting, organised by the Economic and Social Data Service, will provide a forum for data users and producers to meet and discuss new developments and exchange information about the UK health surveys.


Family Resources Survey user meeting

Royal Statistical Society, London

Thursday 30 April 2009

This meeting will provide a forum for the exchange of information and views between users and producers of the Family Resources Survey. It is aimed primarily at users and potential users of survey microdata.


Learning and teaching with real data: data and resources

City University, University Building, Northampton Square, London

Monday 27 April 2009

This workshop is designed for current and future HE teachers interested in using real data in their research.


General Household Survey user meeting

Royal Statistical Society, London

Friday 13 March 2009

This meeting will provide a forum for the exchange of information and views between users and producers of the General Household Survey. It is aimed primarily at users and potential users of survey microdata.

The meeting will end with an update of the Integrated Household Survey from the Office for National Statistics.


Crime surveys user meeting

Royal Statistical Society, London

Tuesday 9 December 2008

This meeting will provide a forum for the exchange of information and views between users and producers of the Government Crime and Victimisation Survey datasets. It is aimed primarily at users and potential users of survey microdata.


Labour Force Survey/Annual Population Survey user meeting

Royal Statistical Society, London

Tuesday 2 December 2008

This meeting will provide a forum for data users and producers to meet and discuss new developments and exchange information about the Labour Force Survey/Annual Population Survey.


Britain in a European Context - Research Data Resources

Humanities Bridgeford Street, University of Manchester

Friday 7 November 2008

Registration: Hanson Room, Ground Floor
Practical: Computer Cluster 2.2, Second Floor

Understanding the UK increasingly requires an understanding of our place in Europe. This workshop will introduce participants to the major data resources that enable researchers to explore these relationships and influences.

The one day workshop, aimed at social science research staff and students, will discuss the data resources available for the analysis of the UK at a national level and within a European context. It will include presentations on accessing British survey data and international comparative data from surveys, including issues relating to accessing data from Eurostat, and will explore the range of international time series data available from intergovernmental organisations such as the World Bank and International Monetary Fund. We will also be looking at the methodological, statistical and technical issues associated with combining data from these different sources. In the afternoon, participants will have the opportunity to gain practical experience in accessing and exploring the data and related resources in hands-on sessions.


Health surveys user meeting

Tuesday 8 July 2008

Royal Statistical Society, London

This meeting will provide a forum for the exchange of information and views between users and producers of the health surveys.


Introduction to the Expenditure and Food Survey

Thursday 19 June 2008

Kantorovich Building, Humanities Bridgeford Street, University of Manchester

This meeting is designed to provide an overview of the Expenditure and Food Survey, including its diary and food sections, and some examples of research applications. The workshop sessions will provide an opportunity to gain hands-on familiarity with the data. It will be particularly valuable for new users.


Family Resources Survey user meeting

Friday 25 April 2008

Royal Statistical Society, London

This meeting will provide a forum for the exchange of information and views between users and producers of the Family Resources Survey.


General Household Survey user meeting

Thursday 6 March 2008

Royal Statistical Society, London

This meeting will provide a forum for the exchange of information and views between users and producers of the General Household Survey.


ESDS Government meeting on changes in access to the government surveys and Labour Force Survey/Annual Population Survey user meeting

Thursday 17 January 2008

Royal Statistical Society, London

This meeting will give the opportunity to hear from the Office for National Statistics about the Statistics and Registration Act and implications for data access. The afternoon will provide a forum for the exchange of information and views between users and producers of the Labour Force Survey and Annual Population Survey. Bookings can be made for the full day or for the morning or afternoon only.


British Crime Survey User Meeting

Tuesday 11 December 2007

Royal Statistical Society, London

This meeting will provide a forum for the exchange of information and views between users and producers of the British Crime Survey.


Introduction to government microdata: focus on consumption

Wednesday 7 November 2007

Graduate School of Education, Queen's University Belfast

Our roles as consumers and our patterns of consumption are central to who we are, what we do and our consumer society. ESDS surveys allow researchers to look at many different areas of consumption, for example, health and consumption (lifestyle factors such as eating, drinking, smoking, exercise) and environmental consumption (the products we consume and our choices of transportation).

This introductory seminar is aimed at those with little or no experience of microdata from government surveys, or those with some experience of these surveys who require an introduction to the consumption content of the datasets.


ESDS Government Annual Research Conference

All Consuming: Consumption research findings from government surveys

Thursday 1 November 2007

British Academy, London

This one-day conference focuses on research evidence from large-scale government surveys relating to consumption. Papers cover a range of consumption issues, including consumption by older consumers and children as well as the consumption of food, culture and private transport.

The conference will be relevant for those with an interest in consumption and associated policy areas such as expenditure, service planning and health. The day seeks to present research with policy relevance and we particularly welcome attendance from the policy makers, analysts and senior academics.


Working with survey files: linking, matching and using hierarchy

Tuesday 30 October 2007

Humanities Bridgeford Street Building, University of Manchester

This is a data manipulation workshop, designed for users of the government surveys which allow for analyses at different levels (for example, household and individual) or which have a complex structure (where the data is held in a number of separate linkable datasets or ‘tables’). It will provide participants with an opportunity to hear about and discuss issues relating to data manipulation with such datasets, as well as hands-on experience.


Health surveys user meeting

Tuesday 3 July 2007

Royal Statistical Society, London

This meeting will provide a forum for the exchange of information and views between users and producers of the health surveys


Introduction to ESDS Government: focus on the Omnibus Survey

Friday 11 May 2007

Glamorgan Building, King Edward VII Avenue, Cathays Park, Cardiff University

This ESDS Government workshop is run collaboratively with the Omnibus team at the Office for National Statistics. The morning session will involve a general introduction to UK Major Social Survey Series supported by ESDS Government, and their use in research. The afternoon focuses on the Omnibus Survey and will involve a presentation by the Omnibus team and a hands-on session.


Family Resources Survey user meeting

Monday 23 April 2007

Royal Statistical Society, London

This meeting will provide a forum for the exchange of information and views between users and producers of the Family Resources Survey. This is the first FRS user meeting organised by ESDS Government and is open to anybody who has an interest in the survey.


General Household Survey user meeting

Thursday 29 March 2007, 10am - 1.45pm

Royal Statistical Society, London

This half-day meeting will provide a forum for the exchange of information and views between users and producers of the General Household Survey. The Office for National Statistics will present updates on the current survey (GHS(L)) and future developments. There will also be two research papers based on the GHS. There will be plenty of opportunity for questions and discussion.


Participants may also want to attend the Integrated Household Survey meeting being held in the afternoon at the RSS. This has been organised as a separate event by ESDS Government so it will be necessary to make two separate bookings if you would like to attend both meetings.


Integrated Household Survey meeting

Thursday 29 March 2007, 1.15pm - 5pm

Royal Statistical Society, London

The Integrated Household Survey is planned to begin in January 2008. The design involves the integration of the household surveys on which the Office for National Statistics (ONS) leads into one integrated survey. This half-day meeting provides an opportunity to find out the latest developments from ONS. It is also an opportunity to ensure that your needs are heard and considered.


Participants may also want to attend the General Household Survey user meeting being held in the morning at the RSS. This has been organised as a separate event by ESDS Government so it will be necessary to make two separate bookings if you would like to attend both meetings


Labour Force Survey User Meeting

Thursday 18 January 2007

Royal Statistical Society, London

This meeting will provide a forum for the exchange of information and views between users and producers of the Labour Force Survey. It now includes both the LFS and the Annual Population Survey. The presentations in the morning will cover ONS plans for developments on both the data collection side and on outputs, whilst the afternoon will focus on analysis of the LFS or APS.


British Crime Survey User Meeting

Tuesday 5 December 2006

Royal Statistical Society, London


This meeting will provide a forum for the exchange of information and views between users and producers of the British Crime survey.


ESDS Government Research Conference 2006

Ethnic differences in labour market outcomes, social capital and health: evidence from the UK government surveys

Tuesday 7 November 2006

British Academy, London

This one-day conference provides accessible research results from UK experts on ethnic differences in relation to labour market outcomes, social capital and health. It focuses on research evidence from large-scale government surveys and is specifically aimed at government policy-makers and analysts and senior academics.


Introduction to government microdata: focus on ethnicity

Wednesday 1 November 2006

Geographical Sciences, University of Bristol

This is an introductory workshop conducted jointly by the Economic and Social Data Service (Government service) and Samples of Anonymised Records Support team. The workshop will provide a general introduction to the microdata which are available for use by secondary analysts and the services that provide support for researchers. The afternoon will provide the opportunity to focus on data on ethnicity and users will undertake a hands-on session.


Introductory workshop on analysis over time

Monday 30 October 2006

CCSR, University of Manchester

This workshop, organised by ESDS Government, is aimed at non-expert users who require a general introduction to analysis over time using the large-scale government surveys.

Speakers will include academics and data creators and sessions will describe basic principles of working with cross-sectional data series to explore trends, pooling datasets to increase sample sizes, creating merged datasets for pseudo-cohort analysis, and using the LFS for true longitudinal analysis. There will be plenty of opportunity for discussion.

This is a free event and numbers are limited so please book quickly if you would like to attend. The full programme and online booking form are available:


ESDS Government at the Research Methods Festival

Monday 17 to Thursday 20 July 2006

St Catherine's College, Oxford

Resources session

Tuesday 18 July, 2.00 - 2.45pm

Government surveys

Economic and Social Data Service, Government
Paul Norman, CCSR, University of Manchester

The Question Bank and Survey Link Scheme
Martin Bulmer and Julie Lamb, University of Surrey


Health Surveys User Meeting

Wednesday 5 July 2006

Royal Statistical Society, London


This meeting will provide a forum for the exchange of information and views between users and producers of the health surveys.


An introduction to UK Microdata - focus on ethnicity

Monday 26 June 2006

Sociology, 3rd floor, AD building, University of Surrey

This is an introductory workshop conducted jointly by the Economic and Social Data Service (Government service), Question Bank and Samples of Anonymised Records Support team. The workshop will provide a general introduction to the microdata which are available for use by secondary analysts and the services that provide support for researchers. The afternoon will provide the opportunity to focus on data on ethnicity and users will undertake a hands-on session.


General Household Survey User Group Meeting

Wednesday 22 February 2006

Royal Statistical Society, London


This meeting will provide a forum for the exchange of information and views between users and producers of the General Household Survey (GHS).

The morning session will consist of presentations from the Office for National Statistics giving updates on the current survey and future developments. The afternoon presentations will be research papers based on the GHS. There will be plenty of opportunity for questions and discussion.


Surveys, social capital and social networks

Tuesday 31 January 2006

NICVA, Belfast

This meeting, jointly organised by ESDS Government and the ESRC Research Methods Programme, consists of two half-day seminars.


A consultation on the ONS Continuous Population Survey/Integrated Household Survey

Monday 23 January 2006, 1.30 – 4.30

Royal Statistical Society, London

The Continuous Population Survey, now re-named the Integrated Household Survey, is planned to begin in January 2008. The design involves the integration of the household surveys on which the Office for National Statistics (ONS) leads into one integrated survey. This meeting provides an opportunity to find out from ONS the latest developments. It is also an opportunity to ensure that your needs are heard and considered.


Labour Force Survey User Group Meeting
Tuesday 6 December 2005
Royal Statistical Society, London


The meeting will provide a forum for the exchange of information and views between users and producers of the Labour Force Survey.


ESRC Survey Link Scheme Workshop

Friday 11 November 2005, 10:30am - 4:45pm
CCSR, University of Manchester

The Survey Link Scheme represents a desire by ESRC to provide academics – postgraduates and teachers of social science methodology - with an insight into how major survey organisations conduct their surveys and use BLAISE and CAPI in the development of Interview Questionnaires. The workshops are designed to be helpful both to quantitative or qualitative researchers. The Scheme which has been running for several years also provides the opportunity for participants to accompany interviewers in the field. Although funded by ESRC it is open to all researchers and teachers of research methodology.

This Workshop, organised in conjunction with the National Centre for Social Research (NATCEN), features the National Travel Survey (NTS). This is a continuous household survey carried out by NATCEN for the Department of Transport. The Workshop will consider the latest Survey available but details of the type of questions addressed can be seen on the Question Bank web site for the 2001 survey.


ESDS Government Annual Research Conference

Social Capital: evidence from large-scale surveys

Friday 4 November 2005
British Academy, London

This one-day conference aims to provide accessible research results on the theme of social capital and social exclusion. It is held in collaboration with the UK Longitudinal Studies Centre and focuses on research evidence from large-scale government surveys and the UK longitudinal surveys. It is specifically aimed at government policy-makers and analysts and senior academics.


Introductory workshop on a social capital theme
Tuesday 18 October 2005
ONS, Drummond Gate, London

This workshop was held in collaboration with the Office for National Statistics and launched the 2005 ONS/ESDS Government social capital thematic guide. It provided an introduction to the large-scale government surveys that are available for secondary analysis. There was also a hands-on computing session to inform on where the data is held, registering for the datasets.


Introduction to Government Microdata:

ESDS Government and the Samples of Anonymised Records
Friday 9 September 2005
Wolfson Suite Teaching Room, Main University Library, University of Edinburgh

A one-day workshop giving an introduction to ESDS Government microdata. The workshop will provide a general introduction to ESDS Government surveys and will include presentations on access and analysis issues and the research potential of these data. Hands-on sessions will enable participants to explore the data online in Nesstar.


A seminar to highlight the research value of Scotland government datasets
Thursday 8 September 2005
Brenda Moon Room, Main University Library, University of Edinburgh

A one-day meeting to showcase and stimulate interest in the Scottish government surveys that ESDS Government support. The meeting will also be used to launch our new Guide to Government datasets for Scotland.


Health Survey's User Group Meeting

Friday 1 July 2005

Royal Statistical Society, London

The 2005 Health Survey User Group Meeting will provide a forum for the exchange of information and views between users and producers of the Health Surveys.


ESRC Survey Link Scheme Workshop

Friday 10 June 2005, 10:00am - 4:45pm
University of Manchester

The ESRC Survey Link Scheme, supported by the ESRC Training and Development Board, exists to give academic social scientists the opportunity to acquaint themselves with professional social survey research, carried out by the Office for National Statistics, the National Centre for Social Research and various market research companies. It thus provides a bridge between the academic and the practical worlds in which professional survey research is carried out.


CCSR at the University of Manchester is hosting a one-day workshop which provides a briefing on The Health Survey for England. The day includes an introduction to survey interviewing in the field, the use of BLAISE in the construction of CAPI, an introduction to CAPI – Computer Assisted Personal Interviewing — and guidance through the CAPI questionnaire The Health Survey for England is presented by professional staff from the agency carrying out the fieldwork. Postgraduate students are particularly encouraged to attend and workshops are not restricted to participants funded by ESRC.


Large-scale government microdata workshop: an introduction to the SARs and ESDS Government Surveys

Friday 15 April 2005

University of Plymouth

This workshop will focus on the 2001 Individual (Licensed) SAR, including background, access arrangements and analysis issues. The workshop will also introduce the other SAR datasets as well as major social surveys supported by ESDS Government. The day includes 2 hands-on sessions using Nesstar and SPSS.


General Household Survey User Group Meeting

Friday 4 February 2005

Royal Statistical Society, London

This meeting provided a forum for the exchange of information and views between users and producers of the GHS. It provided information on new developments and examples of research uses of the datasets. There was time for discussion of users’ needs.



Using Government Surveys for Research

Tuesday 7 December 2004

Committee Room 2, Cardiff School of Social Sciences, Glamorgan Building, King Edward VII Avenue, Cardiff University

This workshop was an introduction to the UK large-scale government survey data that are available for secondary analysis. Attendees learnt about the research potential of such data, the hierarchical nature of the data, how to register for and access data and where to go for help. There was also a demonstration of STATA and a hands-on computing session to introduce Nesstar, SPSS and basic data manipulation and analysis.


Labour Force Survey User Group Meeting
Friday 26 November 2004

Royal Statistical Society, London

The meeting provided a forum for the exchange of information and views between users and producers of the LFS.


ESDS Government Research Conference

Understanding Coronary Heart Disease: evidence from survey data
Friday 29 October 2004
The Institute of Mechanical Engineers, Birdcage Walk, London

This one-day conference organised by the Economic and Social Data Service highlighted the importance of research based on the large-scale government surveys for understanding coronary heart disease. The conference was specifically aimed at government policy-makers and analysts and senior academics.


Using government surveys for research
Friday 6 August 2004, 12:45 - 3:30pm
University of St Andrews, Seminar room 310, Irvine Building

This half-day workshop was an introduction to the UK large-scale government survey data that are available for secondary analysis. Attendees learnt about the research potential of such data, how to register for and access data and where to go for help, among other things. There was also a hands-on computing session to introduce Nesstar for basic analysis and for downloading data into SPSS, and to demonstrate STATA.


ESDS Government Workshops

Wednesday 23 June 2004

Room 3.51, Williamson Building, University of Manchester

Using government surveys for research

9:45 – 12:30

This half-day workshop is an introduction to the UK large-scale government survey data that are available for secondary analysis such as the Labour Force Survey, General Household Survey, Health Survey for England and the British Crime Survey.

Analysing hierarchical survey data


1:15 – 4:45

This half-day workshop provides a valuable introduction to methods of handling and analysing hierarchical data. Most of our valuable surveys, for example the General Household Survey and the Labour Force Survey have a hierarchical structure with information collected on all individuals within households


ESDS Awareness Day
Monday 21 June 2004
Phoenix Teaching Room, Computing Services, University of Cambridge

This was a half-day seminar, jointly organised by ESDS and Cambridge University Library, which provided participants with the opportunity to explore how quantitative and qualitative archived data sources held by ESDS can be used in research, teaching and learning through hands-on exercises.

Participants were introduced to the ESDS online data browsing systems, Nesstar, to explore some of the large-scale government datasets and ESDS Qualidata Online to investigate in-depth qualitative interviews.

Details available at:
http://www.esds.ac.uk/news/eventdetail.asp?ID=1117


Linking Data: understanding the past and looking into the future
Friday 7 May 2004
MANDEC, University of Manchester

Social science needs to understand long-term social-economic change and look into the future to identify the social implications and policy requirements of changes over the next 10 to 20 years. This work needs to draw on a large range of data sources which may include some or all of: longitudinal microdata to understand processes, continuous cross-sectional national-level survey data to provide aggregate change for sub-groups and additionally, information from administrative sources, for example on vital statistics, migration and health.

This meeting is concerned with identifying examples of current or planned research which seeks to address long-run change. For each research application we will ask a number of questions for discussion and debate.


Social Science Data Archives: creating, depositing and using data
Friday 23 April 2004
Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Oxford

This is a one-day workshop jointly organised by ESDS and Oxford University Data Library. The workshop is in two parts.

The morning workshop considers the creation and depositing of qualitative and quantitative data - a requirement of all ESRC-funded research award holders. Issues relating to research planning, consent and confidentiality and data management will be addressed. Breakout sessions will be used to enable participants to raise and discuss any specific issues relating to their own projects.

The afternoon workshop will provide participants with the opportunity to explore how data sources held by ESDS can be used in research, teaching and learning: resources include the large-scale government surveys, such as the General Household Survey and the Labour Force Survey, academic surveys, qualitative in-depth interviews and international macro databanks produced by intergovernmental organisations such as the World Bank, International Monetary Fund and the United Nations. Hands-on exercises and tailored demonstrations will allow participants to explore ESDS online data access systems.

Participants may attend a single session or both.

Further details, including the programme, and directions to the venue, can be found on the ESDS web site.


Weighting the Social Surveys

Friday 12 March 2004
Royal Statistical Society, London

Weights are increasingly used in social surveys to adjust for complex sample design or non-response. They are particularly important in a context of declining response rates and for longitudinal surveys. This workshop will bring together speakers from the organisations that design and execute the surveys and researchers who use the data. We hope that the day will provide non-expert users with a greater sense of how and when to use weights available in many datasets.



ESDS Awareness Day

Friday 6 February 2004
Queen's University, Belfast

This half-day workshop organised by the Economic and Social Data Service (ESDS) will be of interest to social science researchers, teachers and support staff. The workshop will provide an introduction to ESDS services and will focus on using archived data sources for research, teaching and learning. The second part of the workshop will provide participants with the opportunity to see how archived data can be used in current and future research, through hands-on exercises. Examples of data covering Northern Ireland will be used.

Further details, including the programme and directions to the venue, can be found on the ESDS web site.


First meeting of the Health Survey's User Group
Friday 23 January 2004

Department of Health, Skipton House, London.

This meeting is being jointly organised by DH, NatCen and ESDS. It is designed to meet users needs and therefore we want to ensure time for discussion and debate and plans for future meetings.



ESDS Awareness Day
Friday 5 December 2003
Royal Statistical Society, Errol Street, London

This half-day event, organised by the Economic and Social Data Service (ESDS), will provide an overview of ESDS services. Participants will learn about: social science data resources and support, using the ESDS online data access systems (registration, resource discovery, data download) and the Nesstar and Beyond 20/20 interactive online systems. There will also be the opportunity to watch demonstrations and ask questions of staff from each of the four specialist data support services: ESDS Government, ESDS International, ESDS Longitudinal and ESDS Qualidata.

The event is targeted towards social science support staff, such as subject or data librarians, whose roles are to help researchers, teachers and students gain access to data or to support data analysis. ESDS is keen to set up a network of ESDS local representatives or champions and this event will provide an opportunity for participants to sign up to take on this role.

ESDS is also planning to run other awareness and training days of this nature in regional locations.

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Social and demographic change in Britain - informing the future
Monday 1 December 2003 - The Institute of Mechanical Engineers, Birdcage Walk, London

A one-day conference organised by the Economic and Social Data Service to highlight the importance of research based on the government surveys. The meeting will bring together academic researchers and government policy-makers and researchers.

The large scale government surveys and the UK longitudinal surveys form a vital source of information to aid an understanding of Britain's changing population structure. These data are instrumental in assisting our understanding of the changing demographic structure and the policy responses that are required. The changes include:

  • an increase in the elderly population, particularly the very elderly, and consequent questions over living arrangements, pension provision and the respective roles of state and family
  • an increase in the minority ethnic population as their age structure matures. This raises questions related to changing household and family composition, women's economic activity and ethnically sensitive provision for older people
  • continuing fluidity in living arrangements and family formation and re-formation


The European Social Survey: the potential for research and teaching

Wednesday 22 October 2003, 10am - 4.30pm

RSS, 12 Errol Street, London

A meeting organised jointly by the Economic and Social Data Service and the National Centre for Social Research.

Data for the survey will be available very soon and the meeting highlights the research and teaching values of this first wave.

For more information on the survey, go to www.europeansocialsurvey.org


Labour Force Survey User Group
Tuesday 21 October 2003

Royal Statistical Society, London

The meeting will provide a forum for the exchange of information and views between users and producers of the LFS.


Social science data resources: new opportunities for using government surveys and census microdata
Wednesday 17 September 2003. University of Newcastle


Using Government Surveys and International Datasets for Research
Friday 5 September 2003 - Department of Sociology, Third Floor, AD Building, University of Surrey

A half-day workshop to learn about the UK large-scale government survey data and the international datasets that are available for secondary analysis. Attendees will learn about the research potential of such data, how to register for and access data and where to go for help, among other things.


Using Government Surveys and International Datasets for Research
Monday 21 July 2003 - University of Manchester

A half-day workshop to learn about the UK large-scale government survey data and the international datasets that are available for secondary analysis. Attendees will learn about the research potential of such data, how to register for and access data and where to go for help, among other things.


The Health Surveys of England, Scotland and Wales

Friday 11 July 2003 - RSS, London

A meeting jointly organised by the National Centre for Social Research and the Large-scale Government support team of the Economic and Social Data Service, University of Manchester

The meeting will provide a forum for the exchange of information and views between users and producers of government-funded health surveys. It will provide information on new developments, examples of research use of the datasets and how to obtain the data.


ESDS Government at the MIMAS OpenForum 2003
Thursday 2 July 2003 - University of Manchester

An introduction to ESDS Government.


Data Sources for Secondary Analysis for Social Scientists
Thursday 12 June 2003 - Oxford University

An overview of the research potential of census and government survey data for graduates in social science research.


Threats and opportunities for Labour Market Statistics
Friday 2 May 2003, University of Manchester

Meeting organised by the Labour Market Statistics User Group and the Economic and Social Data Service




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