Dr. Lisa Calderwood

The challenge

When management of the Next Steps study, a major national cohort study following a representative sample of people born in 1989-90, was taken over by the UCL Centre for Longitudinal Studies (CLS), they decided to review the data content in line with their access policy. CLS had to determine whether some of the datasets could be accessed under a
less restrictive safeguarded tier, which would have the potential to make hundreds of new variables available to more researchers.

Louise Corti’s Data Impact Blog on Assigning the appropriate level of protection to longitudinal survey data explains how CLS carried out their review and the potential use of new data as a result of this process.