Methodology of Longitudinal Surveys II

University of Essex


This international conference will bring together scholars and research professionals involved in the design, implementation and analysis of longitudinal surveys, to share methodological research findings and to discuss the state of the art in carrying out longitudinal surveys.

MoLS2 follows on from the highly successful conference held in July 2006. Since then, the advantages of longitudinal data have become better understood, and their use more widespread, prompting keen interest in the best ways to design and implement such surveys. Considerable advances have been made in recent years in areas such as methods to encourage continued participation, ways of utilising multiple data collection modes, improving the measurement of change, obtaining participant consent to data linkage, linking and analysing administrative data longitudinally, and longitudinal methods for cross-disciplinary research including the use of biomarkers in social surveys.

The conference will highlight research relating to all stages of the design and implementation of longitudinal surveys, but with a particular focus on areas in which significant advances have been made in the last 12 years.


Day 1

  • Retention through incentives (Chair: Matt Brown)
  • Measurement (Chair: Keith Bolling)
  • Imputation and estimation (Chair: Kristian Kleinke)
  • Data Linkage (Chair: Birgitta Rabe)
  • Recruitment (Chair: Alison Park)
  • Interviewer effects and data collection (Chair: Paul Biemer)
  • Sampling and weighting (Chair: Tom Crossley)
  • Mixed mode effects (Chair: Annette Jackle)
  • Retention techniques through engagement and cooperation (Chair: Peter Lugtig)
  • Measurement and estimation (Chair: Susana Cabaco)
  • Sample design and weighting (Chair: Michael Bergmann)
  • Attrition in rotating and supplemental studies (Chair: Emilia Peytcheva)

Day 2

  • Measurement error in the longitudinal context (Chair: Marieke Voorpostel)
  • Analysing attrition (Chair: Oliver Lipps)
  • Longitudinal studies of children (Chair: Maria Iacovou)
  • Tackling missing data (Chair: Paul Clarke)
  • Measurement error in a panel context (Chair: Nicole Kirgis)
  • Methodological innovations (Chair: Annette Scherpenzeel)
  • Adaptive design 1 (Chair: Kate McGonagle)
  • Online panels (Chair: Alex Wenz)
  • Analysing complex data (Chair: Martin Wood)
  • Biomarkers (Chair: Carli Lessof)
  • Consent to data linkage (Chair: Narayan Sastry)
  • International contributions (Chair: Gary Pollock)

Day 3

  • Administrative data (Chair: Hans Kiesl)
  • Consent and interviewer effects (Chair: Gundi Knies)
  • Switching modes (Chair: Brendan Read)
  • Adaptive design 2 (Chair: Valerija Kolbas)
  • Improvements in design (Chair: Jonathan Burton)


Workshop 1

The mechanics of longitudinal data analysis

Workshop 2

Introduction to the Innovation Panel

Workshop 3

Introduction to latent class analysis

Workshop 4

Longitudinal Studies Showcase



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