Data and documentation

LSAC data and documentation

  • Accessing LSAC data
    Information about how to apply for the latest data release.
  • Using LSAC questions in other studies
    Information about what to do if you want to use questions from LSAC in your own study.
  • Data user guide
    A reference tool for data users, providing information on how to use LSAC data, survey methodology, file structure and variable naming conventions. Particular issues are highlighted to ensure data analysts use the LSAC data appropriately in their research.
  • Rationale documents
    Documents designed to provide contextual information on the scales and items included in the LSAC datasets – for example, item sources, scoring, and psychometric information.
  • Study questionnaires
    Questionnaires used in each of the LSAC waves for which data has been released. The questionnaires are annotated with variable names.
  • Discussion papers
    Papers about the study methodology, data management issues and key research questions
  • Technical papers
    Papers about various topics on using LSAC data, to help users with specific types of data analyses. Includes topics such as weighting and non-response, and using Time Use Diary data and My School data.
  • Issues papers
    Papers containing summaries of data-related issues that have emerged over the life of LSAC. Includes topics such as missing data, cleaning of Time Use Diary data, cleaning of income data, and issues with height data.
  • Data dictionary
    Documents that provide information about all variables in LSAC over the course of the study, including variable names, variable labels, items, cohort, wave, and populations
  • Data collection mode by wave
    A table that shows the different methods used for collecting LSAC data from each of the cohorts and informants across the waves.
  • Response rates by wave and instrument
    A table that shows the response rates across waves, broken down by cohort and instrument.

LSAC data user workshop

Workshops are run by AIFS to assist data users, those considering becoming users, or those who are interested in learning more about LSAC data, to gain confidence in understanding and navigating the datasets.

To register your interest or find out more, contact the LSAC Team at AIFS.

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