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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 70 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.

Evidence and insights

Impacts of COVID-19

Data and evidence from CLOSER’s longitudinal population studies have provided valuable insights for researchers and policy makers throughout the pandemic.

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Life chances

Longitudinal research is essential to understanding the complexities of the factors that influence an individual’s life chances.

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Research data

CLOSER’s suite of longitudinal population studies provides an unparalleled shared research resource.

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Mental health

By following people throughout their lives, longitudinal population studies can help shed light on factors that might contribute to poor mental health and wellbeing.

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Longitudinal population studies gather information on individuals’ physical development and growth at multiple points in time, making them a unique resource for the study of overweight and obesity in childhood and adulthood.

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Gambling behaviours

Longitudinal population studies are uniquely placed to explore the factors that cause people to start, continue and stop gambling at different points in their lives.

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