From April 2020 participants from our main Understanding Society sample have been asked to complete a short web-survey. This survey covers the changing impact of the pandemic on the welfare of UK individuals, families and wider communities. Participants complete a regular survey, which includes core content designed to track changes, alongside variable content adapted as the coronavirus situation develops.

Researchers will be able to link the data from this web survey to answers respondents have given in previous (and future) waves of the annual Understanding Society survey.

The COVID-19 survey is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council and the Health Foundation. Fieldwork for the online survey is carried out by Ipsos MORI and for the telephone survey by Kantar.

A telephone interview will be offered to respondents who wish to take part but who live in a household where no-one is a regular internet user. Fieldwork for the telephone interviews will be late-May to early-June 2020. 

COVID-19 survey data

Data from the COVID-19 questionnaire will be made available to researchers each month via the UK Data Service.  

If you would like to receive updates from Understanding Society on the COVID-19 survey please join our mailing list.