Understanding Society is the world’s largest household survey, jointly funded by the ESRC and government departments. Here’s how the project describes itself:
Largest household study of its kind
We interview the same people in the same households each year to build a longitudinal picture of how their lives are changing over time.
Represents the diversity of the UK
Our participants live in Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and England and all of Britain’s ethnic groups are represented in our Ethnicity Sample.
Issues that affect all our lives
Our questionnaires cover a wide variety of themes such as family, education, finance, employment, health and wellbeing. Read about the carefully-chosen questions we ask.
They’ve also produced a vast selection of podcasts with the project team and those using the survey data. There’s a full list here but we’ve linked below to some of the ones we thought looked particularly interesting:
- Biomarkers and genetic data podcast
- White flight and the rise of UKIP
- Can video gaming be good for young people?
- Getting online – are older people included?
- Does how we live influence how we sleep?
- Sexual orientation and poverty
- Why sample size matters
- Getting a good night’s sleep
- How British is the UK?