Survey Resources Network: Survey Management Systems

The Survey Resources Network is a new service funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) for a period of three years in the first instance to co-ordinate and develop ESRC activities related to survey research methods.

The aim of the Network is to provide a coherent and integrated approach to the development of skills and knowledge, the dissemination of research findings and research resources, and the promotion of best survey practice.

The service is managed and co-ordinated from the University of Essex with four other academics centres as partners. The Principal Investigator is Peter Lynn, Professor of Survey Methodology at the Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER) with co-directors from The National Centre for Social Research (NatCen); the National Centre for Research Methods (NCRM), University of Southampton; the Centre for Longitudinal Studies (CLS), Institute for Education; and the UK Data Archive (UKDA).

For more information about the network, please visit

Several CLS staff are involved in the network:

Shirley Dex is contributing to Survey Skills.

John 'Mac' McDonald and Lisa Calderwood are involved with the Survey Management Systems project and, along with Sosthenes Ketende, in the Survey Design and Measurement Initiative.

For more information on CLS research projects within this initiative, please see the 'Predicting and preventing non-response in cohort studies' and 'Solving the Problem of Attrition in Longitudinal Surveys' current research pages.



A final report to the ESRC has now been approved for publication and is available online.


Findings from the Survey Design and Measurement Initiative being presented at the NCRM Research Methods Festival are available at