Understanding Society: Wave 6 data released
Article dated: 25 November 2016
Understanding Society has released its latest wave of rich longitudinal data (Wave 6), which also features an exciting boost sample for understanding the lives of immigrants in the UK.
Every year, Understanding Society collects multi-topic information about everyone in the household aged 10 years and older. The Study’s large sample size covers the whole of the UK and this is important because it builds a rich picture of what it’s like to live in the UK over time.
Dr Karon Gush, Survey Content Officer said, “Longitudinal data releases are very special. Any new data release creates additional research opportunities but the possibilities grow almost exponentially with each release of longitudinal data. This is because longitudinal studies track people over time.
“The new data links to all the previous waves of data meaning that each new wave can be analysed in conjunction with everything that has gone before it. This has obvious advantages. Rather than getting a one-off sense of what is going on at a particular point in time, longitudinal data can draw a moving picture of how things evolve over time.”
What features in the Wave 6 data release?
What is the Immigrant and Ethnic Minority Boost (IEMB)?
The IEMB refreshes and expands the original Ethnic Minority Boost (EMB) recruited at Wave 1 of Understanding Society in 2009. Like the EMB, the IEMB oversampled five key ethnic minority groups in the UK; Indian, Pakistani, Bangladeshi, Black Caribbean, Black African; but it additionally oversampled immigrants.
When the IEMB is combined with the rest of the Understanding Society data it is representative of all immigrants in the UK and will allow researchers to conduct research into growing areas of interest related to immigration and immigrants. As well as covering additional members of groups in the original Ethnic Minority Boost, the new Wave 6 data covers larger numbers of the following groups:
Dr Alita Nandi, Research Fellow and co-lead on the IEMB commented, “This is a very exciting addition to Understanding Society. At a time when interest in immigration and in more recent immigrant groups is increasing, the IEMB enables researchers to analyse the experience of recent and longer term migrants, and those migrating to the UK from a much wider range of countries.”
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