Workshop: Working with longitudinal Scottish census data (with a focus on spatial data)27 October 2009University of Stirling

This workshop has now passed. Slides from the workshop are available (see below).

This half-day workshop will take place at the University of Stirling in the afternoon from 12.30 to 16.30. Participants will carry out exercises based on the Scottish Longitudinal Study, with a focus on spatial data.

This workshop is suitable for both academic and government audiences. Dissertation students are also welcome.

No particular pre-requisite skills are required, but a familiarity with SPSS or Stata would be helpful.

  • Time: 12.30-16.30
  • Date: Tuesday, 27 October 2009
  • Place: Seminar Room 2A19/Lab 2A17, Cottrell Building, University of Stirling, Stirling, FK9 4LA


12.30-12.45 Introduction to the ESRC Census Programme
12.45-13.15 Introduction to the SLS
13.15-13.45 What is in the SLS?
13.45-14.00 Disclosure and confidentiality
14.00-14.15 Break
14.15-15.45 Hands-on session
15.45-16.15 Example project
16.15-16.30 How to access the SLS

Please note, there is no charge for this workshop. During the break you will have an opportunity to buy refreshments on campus.


Introduction to the ESRC Census Programme - This is an introduction to the services offered by which includes access to census data for academics.

Hands-on session - In this session, particpants will have the opportunity to access a subset of the SLS data, and to do some exercises that will illustrate the usefulness of longitudinal census data.

Example project - The Effect of Neighbourhood Housing Tenure Mix on Labour Market Outcomes: A Longitudinal Perspective (by Maarten van Ham and David Manley). In this session, a recently completed SLS project with a longitudinal research design is presented, which analyses the influence of a neighbourhood-level characteristic (tenure mix) on an individual-level outcome (employment status). Also, the pros and cons of using the SLS for this type of study are discussed.

How to access the SLS - This session guides potential future users through the application procedure, so that they gain understanding of the timeline of an average project, the key factors to a successful application and the requirements for using the data and receiving outputs.