Understanding Society has a special survey that asks our participants about their experiences during the COVID-19 outbreak.

COVID-19 proposal for questionnaire content

Understanding Society has a monthly web survey on the experiences and reactions of the UK population to the COVID-19 pandemic. The survey is an integral part of Understanding Society. Researchers cano link the data from this web survey to answers respondents have given in previous (and future) waves of the annual Understanding Society survey. The first wave of the COVID-19 web survey was fielded in late April 2020 and it will run for up to 12 months. Fieldwork was complete on 29 April and data should be available from the UK Data Service within a month of that date.  

This is a call for proposals for questionnaire content for future waves. We are limited to a 20 minute survey, of sample members aged 16 years and older, and some content will be repeated from wave to wave. We invite researchers and analysts to suggest questions for the available question space. Given the constraints, it will not be possible to field all proposals. In choosing among content proposals, we will apply a set of principles.

  • It should be in our core priority areas; (employment, income, health, family, education, civic engagement);
  • It should build on the longitudinal strengths of the Study, so links to data we have collected before or will collect in the future;
  • It should be content that needs to be collected ‘in the moment’ rather than being asked retrospectively in a future annual survey;
  • It should be content that is enhanced by the household structure of the Study;
  • It should be of significant research and/or policy interest;
  • Complementarity with existing content will be considered a strength.

Understanding Society will not be the appropriate vehicle to collect all relevant topics during the pandemic, and proposals that do not meet these criteria might be better directed elsewhere.  Even within the set of proposals that meet these criteria, it will not be possible to include all of them all. Concise sets of questions are more likely to be included then over-long ones. 

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.

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