Survey insights and data analysis

We provide insights and analysis using data from the NatCen's own flagship surveys and the surveys we deliver.

At the National Centre for Social Research (NatCen), we have been delivering large-scale surveys and multi-year research projects for over 50 years. Our work covers an extraordinary range of topics and different issues, in areas such as health, housing, crime and broader social attitudes. We can provide insights and key statistics, exploring specific demographics or topics, to help inform different policy areas and services, from the data which we have collected. 

Where we can help

  • Uncovering key trends and relationships 
  • Identifying user segments or typologies
  • Predicting demand for policy interventions or services

NatCen's flagship surveys and the national surveys we deliver 

Some survey data sources require an application to the data controller before the data is used in further research. This is something we can assist with. 

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Run by the National Centre for Social Research (NatCen), the British Social Attitudes (BSA) survey tracks public opinion on a range of topics. The survey has been asking a representative sample of the population what it's like to live in Britain and what they think about how Britain is run since 1983. 

This is the companion survey to the eminent British Social Attitudes survey. Run by the Scottish Centre for Social Research, the Scottish Social Attitudes (SSA) survey has been tracking changes in people's social, political and moral attitudes in Scotland since 1999. 

The 1970 British Cohort Study (BCS70) is following the lives of more than 17,000 people born across England, Scotland and Wales in a single week of 1970.

The National Study of Health and Wellbeing, also known as the Adult Psychiatric Morbidity Survey (APMS), runs every 7 years. Since 1993, it's been finding out how everyday stresses, strains and joys affect the health of people living in England.

The English Longitudinal Study of Ageing (ELSA) is a unique and rich resource of information on the dynamics of health, social, wellbeing and economic circumstances in the English population aged 50 and older.

The English Housing Survey is the main source of information about people’s housing circumstances and the condition of homes in England. The results are used by government, local councils and housing associations, as well as charities and construction businesses. The study is funded by the Department for Levelling up, Housing and Communities (previously known as the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government).

The English Private Landlord Survey (EPLS) is a national survey of landlords and letting agents who own and/or manage privately rented properties in England. It was commissioned by the Department for Levelling up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC).

The Family Resources Survey (FRS) is a study of the living standards and circumstances of people living in the UK today.

The Financial Lives survey provides information about consumers’ attitudes towards managing their money, the financial products they have and their experiences of engaging with financial services firms. 

Five to Twelve is an important new research study which follows children, and their families, through their years at primary school. The study will explore the experiences of children in school and at home, and help shape improvements in schools and other services for families and children.

The Gambling Survey for Great Britain (GSGB) collects official statistics on gambling behaviour in Great Britain. The GSGB is currently the largest survey about people's gambling behaviours in the world, collecting data from over 20,000 respondents each year.

The National Child Development Study (NCDS) is following the lives of more than 17,000 people born across England, Scotland and Wales in a single week of 1958. 

The National Diet and Nutrition Survey assesses the diet, nutrient intake and nutritional status of the general population of the UK.

The National Travel Survey (NTS) is a household survey designed to monitor long-term trends in personal travel and to inform the development of policy. It is the primary source of data on personal travel patterns by residents of England within Great Britain.

The National Study of Health and Relationships (Natsal) is an important study that helps those working in health care to build up a picture of life in Britain and how it’s changing. It allows them to make better decisions about public health policy, practice and research.

This survey provides a detailed picture of the health of the Scottish population in private households and is designed to make a major contribution to the monitoring of health in Scotland.

The Study of Early Education and Development (SEED) is a major longitudinal study following nearly 6,000 children from across England from age two. It started in 2013, and it is funded by the Department for Education (DfE).

The Survey of Londoners is a research study commissioned by the Mayor of London. The information from the study supports the Mayor of London to deliver a range of programmes to support Londoners including building strong communities, helping Londoners with their mental health and wellbeing, providing a robust safety net and good work for Londoners.

Understanding Society is the UK Household Longitudinal Study. It is a household panel study, interviewing everyone in a household to see how different generations experience life in the UK.