Weights and BHPS-Understanding Society data
I am trying to analyse UK data from the Understanding Society dataset and I would like to make comparisons between social attitudes in different regions of the UK. For example, Wales vs Scotland or South East vs South West.
What would be the correct weights to use in each of these levels of analysis?
Also, is it correct that the Government Office Regions is the highest spatial resolution at which we can map the survey data?
Finally, I would like to look at how attitudes towards some topics evolved over time and ideally combined the Understanding Society data with the BHPS. Were some of the questions, variables or topics maintained across the two datasets? Or, if they changed slightly, is there any information on how to find the corresponding questions or the questions from a specific topic in both datasets?
#1 Updated by Stephanie Auty 9 months ago
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Government Office Region is the smallest area variable in the EUL dataset, but we have other smaller variables in Special Licence. For details, please see here: https://www.understandingsociety.ac.uk/documentation/linked-data/geographical-identifiers
The BHPS data has been harmonised to make it easier to use with Understanding Society. Please read the user guide for more information: https://www.understandingsociety.ac.uk/sites/default/files/downloads/documentation/mainstage/user-guides/bhps-harmonised-user-guide.pdf
I will ask our survey statistician to reply regarding weights.
#4 Updated by Ines Barreiros 9 months ago
Olena Kaminska wrote:
Any weight that is appropriate for the whole population will also represent any subpopulation if defined using substantive characteristics, like region (England, Wales, Scotland, NI) or any other subgroup definition.
Hope this helps,
Thanks, Olena. Would this mean I have to recalculate the weight using information of the subgroup definition? How should I do this?
Sorry, I don't have much experience weighting survey data.