Whitehall II Data Sharing
The collection and management of data over the last 25 years of the Whitehall II study has been made possible through grant funding from charities and government agencies in the UK and USA. We are committed to maximizing the use of these data to advance knowledge. To this end, we welcome proposals for collaborative and non-collaborative projects.
The Whitehall II data sharing policy seeks to make data as widely and freely available as possible while safeguarding the privacy of participants, protecting confidential data, and maintaining the reputation of the study and its participants. As a result, we have implemented a controlled access model for data sharing. You can find all the details of this model on our data sharing policy. This model conforms to the MRC Policy on Research Data Sharing.
Applying for data
Data are available to bona-fide researchers with an established scientific record. Our data sharing model involves an application process that requires the submission of:
- the WII Data Sharing Application Form (also in PDF).
- the list of variables needed for the project. Please select them by highlighting the actual variable names in the WII Excel data dictionary (please note it contains several worksheets).
Upon approval of this application by the WII research team, which meets monthly, applicants will be asked to sign a Data Sharing Agreement indicating their compliance with WII data sharing terms and conditions.
Within two weeks of the receipt of this document, the data manager will release an anonymised dataset, tailor-made for the specific project.
Data documentation for phases 1 to 8
You can obtain a detailed description of the WII variables in the following sources:
- WII Excel data dictionary
- Browse our metadata in the UCL Secure Epidemiology Research Platform (DDI format).
- PDF copies of the WII Health Survey Questionnaires (HSQ):
Ethical Approval and Consent
The study is approved by the Joint UCL/UCLH Committees on the Ethics of Human Research (Committee Alpha).
All participants are asked to give written informed consent (see example here)
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