How Understanding Society: the UK Household Longitudinal Study adapted to the COVID-19 pandemic

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Journal Article

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Survey Research Methods


Jonathan Burton, Peter Lynn and Michaela Benzeval

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Understanding Society is a household panel survey with continuous fieldwork (monthly samples) using a mixed mode design. Prior to March 2020, around half of all interviews were carried out face-to-face, amounting to around 1,150 interviews per month. This article outlines how the survey rapidly transitioned to a protocol without face-to-face interviews and presents some initial indicators of the impact of the change on field outcomes.

Volume and page numbers

14, 235-239



Households, Survey Methodology, Health, Surveys and Covid 19


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