Covers all ages
The study covers people of all ages allowing us to understand the experiences of the whole population over time. We have a special questionnaire for children aged 10 - 15 and an adult survey for participants aged 16 and over.
Continuous data collection
collect data annually so that short and long term changes in people’s lives can be investigated.
The whole household
Information is collected on everyone in a household so that inter-relations between generations, couples and siblings can be explored.
National, regional and local data
All four countries of the UK are included allowing researchers to compare the experiences of people in different places and in different policy contexts.
Understanding Society covers a wide range of social, economic and behavioural factors making it relevant to a wide range of researchers and policy makers.