Facilities and resources - ESRC


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UK Data Service

The UK Data Service can give you social and economic data including:

  • UK census data
  • government-funded surveys
  • longitudinal studies
  • international macrodata
  • qualitative data and business microdata

Resources include tools to analyse census data, and secure access to data that is too detailed, sensitive or confidential to be made available under a standard licence.

Find out more about UK Data Service.

Administrative Data Research UK (ADR UK)

ADR UK links together data held by different parts of government, and facilitates safe and secure access for approved researchers to these newly joined-up and anonymised datasets.

You can find out what data is available for research, and which routes you can access it through, on ADR UK’s website.

Find out more about ADR UK.

Survey data

The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) funds several survey-based data collections, most of which can be accessed via the UK Data Service.

These include:

  • Centre for Longitudinal Studies: data from five cohort studies from 1958 onwards, relevant to research in a wide number of domains
  • election studies for Britain, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales
  • European Society Survey: cross-Europe data including about living conditions, social structure, public opinion and attitudes. ESRC is the funder of the UK component
  • Understanding Society: a UK-wide household longitudinal study to which 40,000 participants have contributed. The study also collects health information from around 20,000 participants
  • CLOSER exists to enable the use of social and biomedical longitudinal population studies, including those funded by ESRC. Its website includes the CLOSER Discovery resource, to assist finding longitudinal data

Digital footprint data

You can access data arising from people’s interactions with technology and business organisations through three data research centres funded by ESRC:

The centres make data accessible for research that is of mutual benefit to data owners and in ways that safeguard individuals’ identities.

Census data

Census data is available via the census section of UK Data Service.

ESRC funds 3 support units, which enable the use of census longitudinal studies in England and Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland:

National Centre for Research Methods (NCRM)

You can find training materials and resources on methodology through NCRM. The centre aims to increase research methods capability in the social sciences and beyond through training and capacity-building.

Find out more about the NCRM.

Last updated: 7 March 2024

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