New data released today by Understanding Society shows that earnings have fallen for households across the UK, but particularly for the lowest earners, and with severe losses for single parents.
Understanding Society has a special survey that asks our participants about their experiences during the COVID-19 outbreak.
With the current coronavirus situation in the UK, there is an even greater need for data about the experiences of the whole population. The Understanding Society COVID-19 questionnaire allows researchers to explore how the pandemic is impacting individuals, families and communities across the UK through our large and representative sample of the UK population."
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 one survey a month, which includes core content designed to track changes, alongside variable content adapted each month as the coronavirus situation develops. For participants who do not use the internet, we are planning a telephone version of the questionnaire in some of the months.
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Data from the COVID-19 questionnaire will be made available to researchers each month via the UK Data Service.
The April and May COVID-19 questionnaires cover:
Each survey takes around 20 minutes to complete. The full questionnaire for May can be found below.
Understanding Society welcomes suggestions from researchers on questions for future months of the COVID-19 survey. We have had a fantastic response from researchers suggesting questions for future waves of the survey - thank you to everyone who has submitted questions so far. We have incoporated some questions into the next survey and some will be carried in future months.
Please note that if you suggest questions for the survey:
If you would like to suggest a question please use the online form below. You can find the full call for questions here. The next deadline for submissions is 23.59 on the 3rd June.
Due to the large number of questions submitted we are not able to include every question proposed - short sets of questions are more likely to be included than long series of questions. Given the tight timescales for preparing the COVID-19 questionnaires we are unable to provide early information on questionnaire content.
Researchers are invited to submit ideas for questions for future COVID-19 questionnaires. Use this online form to send your suggestions to us.
See how the COVID-19 data can be used with these topic based briefing notes prepared by the Understanding Society team.