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CLOSER Discovery has a fresh new look

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CLOSER Discovery has been redesigned with users in mind. Explore the fresh look and navigation which simplifies using the UK’s most detailed research tool for discovering longitudinal population study data.

Navigating the new layout

Researchers can now find the information they need more easily with CLOSER Discovery’s new modern interface that boasts a clearer and cleaner look. Redesigned using detailed feedback from one-to-one interviews with users, the home page now highlights Discovery’s key features and provides easier navigation to improve the user experience.

So, what changes have been made? The most relevant information is now front and centre of the home page, including the list of our partner studies, making it is easier to see which studies are included in the research tool. We have also added a list of topic areas to the home page, enabling users to quickly see which areas are relevant to their research. In the Explore section, users can then further refine their search through a detailed breakdown of sub-topics. A further addition is a prominent callout box to greet new users and signpost them directly to our suite of user guides.

The search and explore pages now make it easier to filter, so users can locate the data they are interested in, while the ability to add questions and variables to a saveable list has been made more visible. The display of search results is clearer too, with larger font and clearer signage to the relevant questions and variables.

New to CLOSER Discovery?

For anyone who has not used this research tool before, a new CLOSER Discovery animation explains what it is all about.

More in-depth guidance is also available to take researchers through how to use CLOSER Discovery to tackle typical research problems including:

Additionally, the help pages now feature more prominently throughout the site, so users can find these more easily.

Help us continue to improve

CLOSER Discovery is always growing, improving, taking in more information and adding new features and functions. Try out the new site and get in touch to tell us how you have found it—we would love to hear what you think! Sign-up to our monthly newsletter ‘Longitudinal News’ to keep up to date with the latest CLOSER Discovery improvements and updates.