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CANCELLED Webinar: Moving Household Financial Surveys Online: Initial Research Findings




Unfortunately this event has had to be cancelled. Apologies for any disappointment or inconveniences caused.

Matt Corey-Bale and Tom Williams, Office for National Statistics (ONS)

Event Series:
City, University of London - European Social Survey HQ - NatCen Social Research survey methodology seminar series

As part of the Office for National Statistics and UK Statistics Authority Business Plan for April 2019 to March 2022, the Census and Data Collection Transformation Programme (CDCTP) is leading an ambitious programme of work to put administrative data at the centre of the population, migration, and household statistical systems.

In addition to administrative data, there will also remain a need for some residual survey data collection, which the Office for National Statistics (ONS) intends to be “digital by default”. In the context of household surveys, this means providing an online self-completion mode to respondents (as well as face-to-face and telephone collection). An online mode will enable respondents to provide data at their own convenience, reduce respondent burden, and reduce operational costs.

The main focus of this research was on establishing uptake and response for an online survey of household finances. Household finance surveys are particularly complex, and collecting this type of data online will be challenging. Many people consider their finances to be a sensitive and personal subject, so before considering how to design questions for online self-completion, some initial research to establish the feasibility of collecting this type of data online was required. The findings from the research will inform the approach to any future development of an online mode for a survey of household finances. This webinar will take attendees through the results of this research and provide wider context around how this piece of work was delivered.

Matt Corey-Bale is a Principal Research Officer working at the Office for National Statistics (ONS). Matt is currently responsible for leading the transformation of data collection for household finance statistics in ONS. This primarily involves moving the data collection for household finances to an admin-first approach and the development of a mixed-mode survey to deliver needs that cannot be met by admin data. He has 12 years’ experience working at ONS, initially working on business and public sector employment statistics before spending the last 7 years working on a variety of social research projects.

Tom Williams is a senior research officer at the office for national statistics (ONS). Tom was a key member of the team which worked on the first delivery of PAYE real time information to ONS, a project which received praise throughout the wider civil service. Having a spent two years working on labour market stats he moved to the household financial team which is responsible for paving the way for a harmonised statistical process for all household finance statistics, a key element of ONS’s transformation journey.

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6.00pm - 7.00pmThursday 21st May 2020