Support #1749

Permission to use Understanding Society data in a book

Added by Catherine Needham over 1 year ago. Updated 3 months ago.

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I am working on a book manuscript for Policy Press on Social Care in the UK’s Four Nations, which comes out of the ESRC Sustainable Care Programme. As part of the book, we would like to use a table of Understanding Society data. The publishers have asked me to get in touch with you to ask for permission to use this material. The exact wording that the publisher uses is: non-exclusive rights to reproduce this material in this and all subsequent editions of the book, in print and digital, in all languages for distribution throughout the world.

The data we are using is shown here. Can you please let me know if you are happy for us to use this?

Table 3.1: Percentage of people saying they can rely on family in the four nations
Can rely on family

Country of Residence % Not at all % A little %Somewhat % A lot
England 5.4 13.2 25.0 56.3
Wales 5.1 13.7 23.7 57.9
Scotland 4.8 11.5 24.6 59.1
Northern Ireland 3.4 11.1 24.9 60.7

Understanding Society (2020). Question asked: Thinking about your immediate family, how much can you rely on them if you have a serious problem?

Many thanks

Catherine Needham / @DrCNeedham
Professor of Public Policy and Public Management
School of Social Policy, University of Birmingham
Tel: 0121 414 3011


Updated by Understanding Society User Support Team over 1 year ago

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Many thanks for your enquiry. The Understanding Society team is looking into it and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

We aim to respond to simple queries within 48 hours and more complex issues within 7 working days.

Best wishes,
Understanding Society User Support Team


Updated by Understanding Society User Support Team over 1 year ago

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Dear Catherine,

Yes, of course, we are happy for you to use the data. We would also be grateful if you could cite the data:

University of Essex, Institute for Social and Economic Research. ( year ). Understanding Society: Waves 1-11, 2009-2020 and Harmonised BHPS: Waves 1-18, 1991-2009. [data collection]. X th Edition. UK Data Service. SN: 6614,

  • year and X depends on which edition of the data you are using, this information is available in the UKDA_Study_6614_Information.htm included in the set of files you downloaded from the UK Data Service website with the data, this is the location of the file UKDA-6614-spss/mrdoc/UKDA/UKDA_Study_6614_Information.htm

Best wishes,
UKHLS User Support Team


Updated by Understanding Society User Support Team 3 months ago

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