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Twenty-First Century Evangelicals, 2010-2016: Special Licence Access

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SN: 7786
Title: Twenty-First Century Evangelicals, 2010-2016: Special Licence Access
Alternative title: 21st Century Evangelicals
Persistent identifier: 10.5255/UKDA-SN-7786-4
Depositor: Evangelical Alliance
Principal investigator(s): Evangelical Alliance
Sponsor(s): Evangelical Alliance


The citation for this study is:

Evangelical Alliance. (2017). Twenty-First Century Evangelicals, 2010-2016: Special Licence Access. [data collection]. 4th Edition. UK Data Service. SN: 7786,

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Subject Categories

Charities, voluntary organisations and voluntary work - Social welfare policy and systems
Family life and marriage - Social stratification and groupings
General - Education
General - Employment and labour
Income, property and investment - Economics
Political behaviour and attitudes - Politics
Social attitudes and behaviour - Society and culture


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In 2010 the Evangelical Alliance began a major research programme which would enable it to understand more fully the lives and concerns of its constituency of Evangelical Christians across the United Kingdom. In 2010 over 17,000 people, connected in some way with evangelical churches and networks, completed a questionnaire about their beliefs, religious practices, opinions on political and moral questions and on their involvement and activism in the community. Over 12,500 of them defined themselves as Evangelical Christians. Paper questionnaires were distributed at major Christian events and festivals, and through a sample of Evangelical Alliance member churches across the UK.

Subsequently a research panel, recruited in the first place from the 17,000 has been asked to take part in online surveys four times each year, with each wave of the survey concentrating on a specific theme or topic known to be of interest to the Alliance and/or its member organisations and churches. In the first online survey conducted around Easter 2011 over 1,150 people responded, in the Church Life survey carried out in November 2012 over 1,864 replies were analysed.

Further information is available on the Evangelical Alliance 21st Century Evangelicals webpages.

End User Licence and Special Licence data:
Users should note that there are two versions of each Twenty-First Century Evangelicals study. One is available under the standard End User Licence (EUL) agreement (SN 7787), and the other is a Special Licence (SL) version (SN 7786). The SL version contains the text responses to the open-ended questions. The EUL version excludes the text responses to the open-ended questions.

The SL data have more restrictive access conditions than those made available under the standard EUL. Prospective users of the SL version will need to complete an extra application form and demonstrate to the data owners exactly why they need access to the additional variables in order to get permission to use that version. Therefore, users are strongly advised to order the standard version of the data.

Latest edition information:
For the fourth edition (February 2017), data and documentation for a new survey have been added. The survey has the theme of 'Religions, Belief and Unbelief' and covers views of secularism, religious diversity and interfaith relations. Further information is available from an article published in the IDEA magazine.

Main Topics:
The surveys carried out between 2010 and 2016 cover the following topics:
  • Christian spirituality and learning
  • employment issues
  • life in the church
  • experiences of and attitudes about schooling and education
  • evangelism
  • financial matters and poverty
  • international and global links and issues
  • use of old and new media
  • experience of and views about contemporary families
  • faith in politics and voting intentions and issues pre-2015 election
  • local community and neighbourhoods
  • basic beliefs, religious practices and civic involvement
  • health and wellbeing
  • ethical consumerism
  • church leaders and their church's approach to Evangelism
  • different life experiences of the different generations, from boomers born before 1960 to millennials born in the 1990s
  • 'what is Evangelicalism?' to coincide with the 170th anniversary of the foundation
  • secularism, religious diversity and interfaith relations

Coverage, universe, methodology

Dates of fieldwork: 2010 - 2016
Country: United Kingdom
Spatial units: No spatial unit
Observation units: Individuals
Kind of data: Alpha/numeric data
Individual (micro) level
Universe: National
Evangelical Christians across the United Kingdom, 2010-2016.
Time dimensions: Longitudinal/panel/cohort
Sampling procedures: Simple random sample
Number of units: 12,500 Evangelical Christians participated in the Surveys. Exact numbers of units vary for each survey.
Method of data collection: Self-completion
Internet-based survey.
Weighting: Weighting used. See documentation for details.

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Administrative and access information

Date of release:
First edition: 22 September 2015
Latest edition: 01 February 2017 (4th Edition)
Copyright: Copyright Evangelical Alliance
Access conditions: The depositor has specified that registration is required and standard conditions of use apply. The depositor may be informed about usage.
Additional special conditions of use also apply. See terms and conditions for further information. In addition, the UK Data Service is required to request permission from the depositor prior to supplying the data.

Please note:
Since these data pose a higher risk of disclosure than data made available under the standard End User Licence they have additional special conditions attached to them that take the form of a Special Licence (SL). The SL requires the completion of an additional application form, agreement to the conditions of the SL, the signature(s) of the researcher(s), and the explicit permission of the data owners to release the data to the researcher(s). This is to ensure that the guarantee of confidentiality given to survey respondents is protected. SL applications are screened by the UK Data Archive and the data owners and data are only released to those researchers requiring data for statistical research purposes and who can justify their need for the SL data.

Researchers are required to keep the data under conditions of greater security than required under the standard End User Licence. The Microdata Handling and Security: Guide to Good Practice explains how to meet these conditions.
Availability: UK Data Service
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Title File Name Size (KB)
01 - Twenty-First Century Evangelicals - Baseline Report 7786_01_21st_century_evangelicals_report.pdf 3122
01 - Baseline Survey Questionnaires 7786_01_questionnaires.pdf 1213
02 - Does Belief Touch Society - Report 7786_02_does_belief_touch_society_report.pdf 1807
02 - Does Belief Touch Society - Questionnaire 7786_02_does_belief_touch_society_survey_questionnaire.pdf 317
03 - Are we Communicating? - Questionnaire 7786_03_are_we_communicating_questionnaire.pdf 393
03 - Are we Communicating? Report 7786_03_are_we_communicating_report.pdf 2869
04 - How's the Family? - Report 7786_04_hows_the_family_report.pdf 2462
04 - How's the Family? - Questionnaire 7786_04_hows_the_family_survey_questionnaire.pdf 379
05 - The World on our Doorstep? - Report 7786_05_the_world_on_our_doorstep_report.pdf 6068
05 - The World on our Doorstep? - Questionnaire 7786_05_the_world_on_our_doorstep_survey_questionnaire.pdf 374
06 - Does Money Matter? - Report 7786_06_does_money_matter_report.pdf 11956
06 - Does Money Matter? - Response Rates 7786_06_does_money_matter_response_rates.pdf 161
06 - Does Money Matter? - Questionnaire 7786_06_does_money_matter_survey_questionnaire.pdf 378
07 - Confidently Sharing the Gospel? - Questionnaire 7786_07_confidently_sharing_the_gospel_questionnaire.pdf 367
07 - Confidently Sharing the Gospel? - Report 7786_07_confidently_sharing_the_gospel_report.pdf 1539
08 - Do we Value Education? - Report 7786_08_do_we_value_education_report.pdf 5158
08 - Do we Value Education? - Questionnaire 7786_08_education_survey_questionnaire.pdf 390
09 - Life in the Church? - Report 7786_09_churchlife_survey_questionnaire.pdf 409
09 - Life in the Church? - Questionnaire 7786_09_church_life_report.pdf 1787
10 - Working Faithfully? - Report 7786_10_working_faithfully_report.pdf 1979
10 - Working Faithfully? - Questionnaire 7786_10_work_survey_questionnaire.pdf 408
11 - Omnibus 1 Survey Evangelical Tribes Summary 7786_11_omnibus_1_survey_evangelical_tribes_summary.pdf 301
11 - Omnibus 1 Survey - Questionnaire August 2013 7786_11_omnibus_1_survey_questionnaire_aug13.pdf 366
12 - Time for Discipleship? - Questionnaire 7786_12_discipleship_survey_questionnaire.pdf 384
12 - Time for Discipleship?- Report 7786_12_time_for_discipleship_report.pdf 1735
13 - Are we Good Neighbours? - Report 7786_13_are_we_good_neighbours_report.pdf 9046
14 - Omnibus 2 Survey - Questionnaire May 2014 7786_14_omnibus_2_survey_questionnaire_may14.pdf 382
15 - Faith in Politics? - Report 7786_15_faith_in_politics_report.pdf 6619
15 - Faith in Politics? - Questionnaire 7786_15_politics_survey_questionnaire.pdf 382
15 - Analysing the Politics Survey 7786_15_politics_survey_weight_issues.pdf 159
16 - Good News for the Poor? - Report 7786_16_good_news_for_the_poor_report.pdf 3758
16 - Good News for the Poor? - Questionnaire 7786_16_poverty_survey_questionnaire.pdf 363
17 - Omnibus 3 Survey - Questionnaire February 2015 7786_17_omnibus_3_survey_questionnaire_feb15.pdf 377
18 - British Values Survey - Questionnaire 7786_18_british_values_questionnaire.pdf 351
19 - Health and Wellbeing - Questionnaire 7786_19_health_and_welbeing_questionnaire.pdf 922
19 - IDEA Magazine - January - February 2016 7786_19_idea_magazine_january_february2016.pdf 7454
20 - Ethical Consumerism - Questionnaire 7786_20_ethical_consumerism_questionnaire.pdf 443
20 - IDEA Magazine - March - April 2016 7786_20_idea_magazine_mar_april2016.pdf 7028
21 - Evangelism Survey for Church Leaders - Questionnaire 7786_21_church_leaders_evangelism_questionnaire.pdf 559
22 - Intergenerations - Questionnaire 7786_22_intergenerational_survey_questionnaire.pdf 945
23 - 1846 and All That - What is Evangelicalism? - Questionnaire 7786_23_1846_and_all_that_evangelicalism_questionnaire.pdf 1189
24 - Religions, Belief and Unbelief - Background Report 7786_24_background_and_response_rates.pdf 237
24 - Religions, Belief and Unbelief - Questionnaire 7786_24_religions_belief_and_unbelief_questionnaire.pdf 1148
UK Data Archive Data Dictionary 7786_data_dictionary.pdf 2463
Millennial Church Diversity Survey - Questionnaire 7786_opc_millennial_church_diversity_survey_questionnaire.pdf 387
Study information and citation UKDA_Study_7786_Information.htm 6
READ File read7786.htm 11
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Smith, G. (2015). 21st Century Evangelicals - Reflections on Research by the Evangelical Alliance. Instant Apostle: United Kingdom.

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