Health and Social Surveys Research Group
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Developing a Longitudinal Survey of Ethnic Minorities

In collaboration with the Institute for Social and Economic Research, University of Essex and the National Centre for Social Research
Funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)

Principal researchers:

Within the academic and policy communities in the UK there is a longstanding demand for longitudinal data on ethnic minority groups. This demand was reflected in the outcome of a recent scoping study, conducted on behalf of the ESRC, which illustrated that the demand for longitudinal data spread across the full range of academic and policy interests.

The general importance of longitudinal data for analyses at the individual level of change, transitions, period and cohort effects, and, ultimately, causal relationships is obvious and cannot be overstated. For studies of ethnic minority people, where cohort and period effects are likely to be large and complicated by generation effects, the need for longitudinal data is brought into even sharper focus.

This current study involves further detailed analysis to establish the precise research focus and content of any future data collection, and the different methodological approaches that might be adopted to deliver it. So, the overall aims are to:
• Identify and prioritise the key research questions on minority ethnic groups that need to be addressed;
• Establish the extent to which they can be answered by existing datasets;
• Establish where those questions require new longitudinal data;
• Identify the most effective strategy for collecting the longitudinal data; and
• Estimate the likely cost of collecting longitudinal data about people from minority ethnic groups.

The study combines consultation with academics and policy users with desktop analysis in order to address these objectives. The outputs of this work will be:
• An outline specification for any potential data collection that will clearly identify core content in the form of the key questions to be addressed;
• A sampling strategy for the data collection that will clearly identify the best method for data collection and detail sample size and composition, sampling method and sampling source;
• An estimated budget for the data collection and a detailed business case for its potential funding;
• An overview report detailing the options analysis and key issues that led up to the development of the specification and sampling strategy.

In delivering these outputs the advantages and disadvantages of various options will be presented, together with recommendations.

If you would like to feed into or comment on this development work, please contact James Nazroo.

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