Technical reports


Technical Report on Response (2nd Edition)

This is the second edition of a report on response in the Millennium Cohort Study as it progresses from sweep 2 onwards. This edition includes material on sweep 2 and 3 and covers the evolution of the population and sample after sweep 1, allowing for the families who were included in the study for the first time at sweep 2.

It presents response rates for sweeps 2 and 3. It also covers the correlates of different types of unit non-response at sweep 3, and gives references to published articles detailing correlates of different types of non-response at sweep 2.

This report does not cover item non-response, because response is very high in nearly all items except income. Family income missing data and new derived variables will be covered in a separate Technical Report. Section 1 to 4 covers material in the first edition of this series with minor changes mainly typo corrections and section 5 to 8 covers the new materials.

Technical Report on Fieldwork

The central objective of this technical report is to document NatCen’s contribution to the third sweep.  It contains the following information:

  • Development work undertaken to prepare the third sweep, including  pilot and dress rehearsal surveys
  • The sample design and the procedures for respondent selection
  • Summary of the final survey instrumentation
  • How the fieldwork was conducted
  • The progress of fieldwork, quality control and issues which arose during this phase
  • The verification of information on the achieved sample and the dispatch of thank you letters to respondents
  • Survey response
  • Procedures for coding, editing and preparation of the data

Documents used in the fieldwork are to be found in the Appendix

MCS3 Teacher Survey Technical Report

This report documents the design and conduct of the MCS3 teacher survey carried out in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. This postal survey of the cohort children’s class teachers was designed to complement the Foundation Stage Profile data, completed by teachers in England at the end of the child’s reception year. The Profile collects information on children’s social and personal, communication, language, literacy and mathematical development. The information is passed form schools to the LEA and held centrally.

At MCS3 parents of cohort children living in England were asked for permission to access their child’s Foundation Stage Profile. As there was no equivalent data routinely collected in the other UK countries, it was necessary to obtain the information directly from class teachers.

Copies of documents used in this survey can be found in the Appendices.