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An Introduction to the Families and Children Study (FACS) DWP Social Research National Centre for Social Research.

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1 An Introduction to the Families and Children Study (FACS) DWP Social Research National Centre for Social Research

2 2 Contents Overview of FACS Sample design Questionnaire content Accessing data Publications Further information

3 3 Overview of FACS Formerly Survey of Low Income Families (SOLIF) Started in 1999 (Wave 1) - sample of low-income couples and lone parents at all income levels From 2001 sample represents all families - became FACS at this point Questionnaire content has changed over the waves

4 4 Sample FACS is a refreshed panel study There are two components –cross-section: representative of all families –panel: those interviewed in previous waves Sample frame = child benefit records Main respondent usually the mother

5 5 Cross-cutting Department for Work and Pensions (child poverty) Inland Revenue (tax credits) Department for Education and Skills (childcare) Department for Transport (travel to school) Children and Young Persons Unit (youth services) Sure Start (early childhood) Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (social exclusion)

6 6 Questionnaire content

7 7 Data format Family level datasets Separate child level datasets Single flat files Small set of derived variables added to each file

8 8 Data - number of cases Low-income + lone parent sample –Wave 1 (1999) cross-section, approx. 4,700 families –Wave 1-4 panel, approx. 2,700 families All families –Wave 3 (2001), cross-section, approx. 8,000 families –Wave 3-4 panel, approx. 6,700 families

9 9 How to access the data Data and documentation available from data archive –http://www.data-archive.ac.ukhttp://www.data-archive.ac.uk –SN 4427 Families and Children Survey (FACS), ; Waves 1-4 Wave 5 (2003) available late 2004

10 10 Documents supplied with the data Codebooks – listings of variables Derived variables – details of what is supplied and how derived Imputation – whats been imputed and how Questionnaires – Word and CAPI versions Weights – details of use User guide - hints on how to use FACS

11 11 Main publications Wave 1 (1999) – Low-income families in Britain [DWP RR no. 138] Wave 2 (2000) –WFTC & work [161]; Living standards [164]; Family change [165] Wave 3 (2001) –Family change [180]; WFTC [181]; Living standards and children [190]; Work and childcare [191] Wave 4 (2002) –Families and Children in Britain 2002 [206] Technical reports each year

12 12 Further Information FACS user website FACS work in progress (FACS Analysis Programme) FACS respondent website National Centre for Social Research website


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