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Evidence Hub

The UK is home to a remarkable set of scientific studies that have tracked generations of people growing up in Britain over the last 90 years. These longitudinal population studies are unique in science and unparalleled elsewhere in the world – no other country has anything like them on the same scale.

Findings from these studies have shaped the world we live in today, changing policies around birth, schooling, social mobility, parenting, ageing and more. More recently they have helped to understand the health, social, economic and behavioural impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic at both a national and regional level, and across all generations and ages.

Our dedicated Evidence Hub contains evidence and insights from UK longitudinal population studies on a range of topics, including mental health, childhood obesity, gambling behaviours, data sharing, and the impacts of COVID-19.