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1 ESDS Government Resources for the LFS and APS Anthony Rafferty ESDS Government Centre for Census and Survey Research University of Manchester

2 ESDS Government Supports major UK data series –Large surveys conducted, usually by government –Eg: Labour Force Survey General Household Survey British Crime Survey Health Survey for England –Repeated cross-sections, often continuous –Important, widely used microdata Joint service –Team at UK Data Archive ingest and archive data –Team at Manchester deal with users –Registration for the data managed by ESDS centrally

3 Role Too much stuff? –Navigating users through the right materials –Creating additional materials to help users discover datasets and supporting materials Promoting the use of the data Encouraging good practice Bridging the gap between data collector and users

4 (Bi-)Annual themes Workshops and other materials are related to an annual substantive theme –Year 1: Employment and the Labour Market –Year 2: Health –Year 3: Social capital –Year 4: Ethnicity –Year 5: Consumption –This year : crime & citizenship Ensures that work has an emphasis on substantive research Each year a thematic guide is produced which looks at how to explore the research theme with the data

5 Web-based resources to support users Thematic Guides FAQs & Starting Analysis Methodological Guides –SPSS, Stata –Guide to weighting Publications database Data usage search Links to other web resources

6 Outreach events Introductory workshops Joint workshops with other ESDS services Methods Research conferences Dataset user meetings Other presentations Posters

7 Improving the usability of data Creating annual themed teaching datasets Change over time – comparison of variables, LFS, GHS –Generating syntax to enable comparability Harmonising Vital Statistics access and formatting

8 Labour Force Survey Resources Guide to Employment and Labour Market Research LFS Teaching Dataset Analysing Change Over Time Guide Guide: Analysis of LFS using STATA Variables consistent over time on LFS LFS comparability with 2001 Census Helpdesk

9 Keeping in touch Biannual newsletter newslist Home page contains news –Our news –New data Helpdesk

10 For Further info: Helpdesk: (0161) Website: JISCmail:


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