Longitudinal studies follow the lives of individuals over a long period of time, showing us how people are affected by changes in society. The ONS Longitudinal Study contains the census data and some life events data of approximately one million sample members, collected over 40 years. This service is free to the user.
New information for LS researchers: derived variables list (PDF)
Information on the syntax files that are available for LS researchers to use.
In Episode 4 of the Linking our Lives Podcast, Professor Amanda Sacker from UCL is in conversation with the UK National Statistician Sir Ian Diamond about her high profile research using the ONS Longitudinal Study and funded by the Nuffield Foundation to look at the outcomes of care experienced people.
In Episode 3 of Series 1 of Linking our Lives, Aly Sizer from the Centre for Longitudinal Study Information and User Support (CeLSIUS) at UCL talks about her research on The Up-Series generation in the ONS Longitudinal Study. She explains the inspiration behind her research using the ONS Longitudinal Study to see if the children selected for the well-known and popular Up series of television documentaries were representative of the wider population and reveals what she found and what it tells us.
You can now view the recording of our 13th September 2021 event: CeLSIUS: ONS Longitudinal Study online training
This event included the following presentations and practical sessions:
- What is the ONS LS?
- How do I get to use it?
- What research can I do?
- Bespoke synthetic data in the ONS LS
- Practical 1: Live synthetic SYLLS analysis using STATA
- Practical 2: Applying to use the ONS LS and becoming an ONS accredited researcher
The second episode of our podcast series, Linking our Lives: England and Wales since 1971, is now available. We ask ONS' Rich Pereira how the LS has become such a gold mine of information about how our society has changed over time.
'Households and families' guide to using ONS LS data
A new guide to households and families data in the ONS LS is now available, along with guides to births and fertility, defining a study population, ethnicity, events, mortality and socio-economic indicators.