CASE PhD researcher Caroline Bryson
and Stephen McKay
, have authored a new Nuffield Foundation report which adds to the evidence base on how to improve the data collected on family separation.
At any one time, there are more than four million children living in separated families in the UK. Improved survey data on separated families, particularly non-resident parents, has the potential to inform and improve decision making on issues such as child support, welfare benefits, and housing.
Last year Nuffield published a report, Understanding the lives of separating and separated families in the UK, which concluded that a number of the existing longitudinal surveys, including Understanding Society (the UK Household Longitudinal Study), could be enhanced to address some of the evidence gaps.
In light of this, Bryson and McKay have carried out an experimental study which tested methodologies with the potential to collect data directly from non-resident parents (rather than relying on resident parent reports) and to collect data on the reasons why families separate.
Find out more about the project on the Nuffield Foundation website and download the report in PDF.
The non-resident parent experiment is written up in more detail in a CASE Working Paper 210 (Bryson and McKay, 2018) which is available to download here.
News Posted: 26 October 2018
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