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The Longitudinal Study of Young People in England (LSYPE), also known as Next Steps, commissioned by the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) is a major panel study of young people. The LSYPE is one of the main information sources for the formation and appraisal of policies relating to young people. The baseline data will be used to monitor the progress of the cohort group, evaluate the success of policies aimed at this group and provide an evidence base for further policy development.
There are now two separate LSYPE studies. The first LSYPE study began in 2004, when its sample of young people was aged between 13 and 14. The young people were interviewed annually until 2010 and there are now seven waves of data available. The second LSYPE study began in 2013 will track a sample of over 13,000 young people from the age of 13/14 annually through to the age of 20 (seven waves).
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The main role of the study is to identify, and enable analysis and understanding of, the key factors affecting young people's progress in transition from the later years of compulsory education, through any subsequent education or training, to entry into the labour market or other outcomes. Data from the study will be used, among other things, to monitor the progress of the cohort group, evaluate the success or otherwise of policy aimed at this group and provide an evidence base for further policy development.
In both LSYPE studies, interviewees are young people who were aged 13/14 years old at the first wave and their parents or carers. Interviews are conducted annually. The first LSYPE interviewed the young people over seven waves (2004-2010) and it is intended that the second LSYPE will also interview the young people until they are aged 20 years (for seven waves).
The data are available in SPSS, Stata, and ASCII tab-delimited formats and can also be requested in other formats, such as SAS.
For information on the availability of geographical variables for each of the major UKDS Longitudinal studies, see Spatial units in our data collections.
Variable lists and PDF user guides (including questionnaires) are freely available. These can be found for the first LSYPE via First Longitudinal Study of Young People in England: Waves 1-7, 2004-2010 and for the second LSYPE via Second Longitudinal Study of Young People in England: Wave 1, 2013.
Data are expected to be deposited on an annual basis, within 12 months of the end of the fieldwork for each wave.