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Understanding Society. Some preliminary results from the Wave 1 Innovation Panel


  • Burton, Jonathan
  • Laurie, Heather
  • Uhrig, S.C. Noah
  • Bryan, Mark L.
  • Desousa, Carol
  • Fumagalli, Laura
  • Jäckle, Annette
  • Knies, Gundi
  • Lynn, Peter
  • Nandi, Alita
  • Platt, Lucinda
  • Pudney, Stephen
  • Rabe, Birgitta
  • Sacker, Amanda
  • Sala, Emanuela
  • Taylor, Mark P.
  • Wolke, Dieter
  • Bottazzi, Renata
  • Crossley, Thomas
  • O'Dea, Cormac


Understanding Society is a major new panel survey for the UK of 40,000 households containing around 100,000 individuals including children. Wave 1 of the main survey goes into the field in January 2009. Understanding Society includes an Innovation Panel of 1500 households for methodological testing in advance of the main survey going into field. A number of split sample experiments were carried at wave 1 of the Innovation Panel and an assessment of data quality issues across a range of measures were examined. The paper reports the results of both these aspects.

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  • Burton, Jonathan & Laurie, Heather & Uhrig, S.C. Noah & Bryan, Mark L. & Desousa, Carol & Fumagalli, Laura & Jäckle, Annette & Knies, Gundi & Lynn, Peter & Nandi, Alita & Platt, Lucinda & Pudney, Ste, 2008. "Understanding Society. Some preliminary results from the Wave 1 Innovation Panel," Understanding Society Working Paper Series 2008-03, Understanding Society at the Institute for Social and Economic Research.
  • Handle: RePEc:ese:ukhlsp:2008-03

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    1. Holford, Angus & Pudney, Stephen, 2014. "Survey design and the determinants of subjective wellbeing: an experimental analysis," Understanding Society Working Paper Series 2014-06, Understanding Society at the Institute for Social and Economic Research.

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