Understanding Society Innovation Panel Wave 9: results from methodological experiments

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Michaela Benzeval, Annamaria Bianchi, Mike Brewer, Jonathan Burton, Alexandru Cernat, Mathew Creighton, Thomas F. Crossley, Adeline Delavande, Paul Fisher, Alessandra Gaia, Annette Jäckle, Amaney Jamal, Daniel Oberski, Frank Popham, Elise Whitley, Joachim Winter and Basit Zafar

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This paper presents some preliminary findings from Wave 9 of the Innovation Panel (IP9) of Understanding Society: The UK Household Longitudinal Study. Understanding Society is a major panel survey in the UK. IP9 included experiments on the use mixed mode data collection, the value of respondent incentives, targeted timing of email invitations, measurement of household finances, subjective expectations about returns to schooling, people’s assessment of what constitutes “successful ageing”, format of response options, use of multiple measurements to improve measurement of attitudes, and measurement of sensitive topics. This paper describes the design of IP9, the experiments carried and the preliminary findings from early analysis of the data.

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