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Creating a nationally representative individual and household sample for Great Britain, 1851 to 1901 : the Victorian Panel Study (VPS)

Entwicklung einer nationalen repräsentativen Individual- und Haushaltsstichprobe für Großbritannien, 1851 bis 1901 : die Viktorianische Panelstudie (VPS)
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Abstract 'This publication is a direct result of an earlier scoping study undertaken for the ESRC's Research Resources Board which investigated the potential for creating a new longitudinal database of individuals and households for the period 1851 to 1901 - the Victorian Panel Study (VPS). The basic concept of the VPS is to create a unique longitudinal database of individuals and households for Great Britain spanning the period 1851-1901. The proposed VPS project raises a number of methodological and logistical challenges, and it is these which are the focus of this publication. The basic idea of the VPS is simple in concept. It would take as its base the individuals and households recorded in the existing ESRC-funded computerised national two per cent sample of the 1851 British census, created by Professor Michael Anderson, and trace these through subsequent registration and census information for the fifty-year period to 1901. The result would be a linked database with each census year between 1851 and 1901 in essence acting as a surrogate 'wave', associated with information from registration events that occurred between census years. Although the idea of a VPS can be expressed in this short and simple fashion, designing and planning it, together with identifying and justifying the resources necessary to create it, is a complex set of tasks, and it is these which this publication seeks to address. The primary aims and objectives of the project described in this publication were essentially as follows: to estimate the potential user demand for a VPS and examine the uses to which it may be put; to test the suitability of the existing 1851 census sample as an appropriate starting point for a VPS; to test differing sampling and methodological issues; to investigate record-linkage strategies; to investigate the relationship between the VPS and other longitudinal data projects (both contemporary and historical); and to recommend a framework and strategy for creating a full VPS. The structure and contents of this publication follow this basic project plan.' (author's abstract)
Keywords data bank; development; Great Britain; individual; instruments; longitudinal study; method; methodology; panel; private household; sample; procedure; census; nineteenth century
Classification Methods and Techniques of Data Collection and Data Analysis, Statistical Methods, Computer Methods; Social History, Historical Social Research
Method basic research; development of methods; historical
Document language English
Publication Year 2007
Page/Pages p. 211-331
Journal Historical Social Research, 32 (2007) 2
Status Published Version; reviewed
Licence Deposit Licence - No Redistribution, No Modifications
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