An Introduction to the Next Steps Age 25 Data

13th October 2017 14:00 to 16:00

As part of the 2017 Society for Longitudinal and Life Course Studies conference, Dr Lisa Calderwood and Dr Morag Henderson (CLS, UCL Institute of Education) will host this workshop which aims to introduce participants to the Age 25 Next Steps data and demonstrating its longitudinal power.

Next Steps (previously known as the Longitudinal Study of Young People in England) is a major national cohort study following the generation born in 1989/1990. It fills the 30-year gap in the UK’s national cohort study series between the 1970 British Cohort Study and the Millennium Cohort Study and provides multi-disciplinary longitudinal data for a large-scale and nationally representative probability sample of young adults.

The age 25 survey took place in 2015/2016 and collected detailed information about the lives of young adults growing up in Britain today and in particular on transitions out of education and into early adult life. The data can be used to examine a broad range of research questions relating to higher education, employment, housing and family formation, and mental and physical health.

After giving some background to the dataset, the sample design and content will be discussed alongside strategies for dealing with attrition and weights. Methods of accessing the data will be highlighted and initial findings examining health, mental health, diet, physical activity and economic activity will be covered. More specifically the format of the workshop will be: 


  • Objectives

  • Funding

  • Sample Design

  • Content

  • Initial Findings

  • Response & Attrition

  • Sampling and Non-response weights

  • Data Access (UKDS) and Documentation

  • Understanding the data

    • Recoding variables

    • Deriving variables cross-sectionally

    • Linking data longitudinally

    • Deriving variables longitudinally