Shaping and testing the GUIE dataset: Roma, Gypsy and Traveller children case study
22 June 2020
This project aims to shape, test and demonstrate the value of the newly linked Growing Up in England (GUIE) dataset in addressing data gaps and building up new quantitative evidence. It will do this with a focus on Roma, Gypsy and Traveller (RGT) children and young people.
The GUIE dataset
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has linked 2011 Census records to attainment data from a bespoke extract of Department for Education data named the All Education Dataset for England (AEDE) to create the GUIE dataset. Five years of attainment information for a cohort of children who were in Key Stage 4 and Key Stage 5 in the 2010/2011 academic year is included in the data, up to the year 2014/2015, from local-authority maintained schools in England. Around two million records have been matched, producing a significant sample size for analysis.
The proposed project will explore the potential for using the GUIE dataset to build up a much-needed evidence base on the relationship between RGT childhood circumstances and experiences and their educational participation and progression, including within 16-18 and post-18 education.
There are three main objectives to this project:
- To shape and develop the GUIE dataset to maximise its potential for the analysis of the RGT group
- To test the GUIE dataset and evaluate its quality for the purposes of RGT analysis by providing feedback on unmatched cases
- To conduct initial analysis of the GUIE data with a view to demonstrating its value added in building up new evidence, knowledge and understanding of the RGT group.
What is the potential impact of this work?
A lack of robust data limits knowledge and understanding of the RGT community and is a barrier to effective policy interventions and, ultimately, to social change and equality. The proposed research will promote the public good by helping to build up quantitative evidence on the childhood circumstances and educational achievements and trajectories of children and young people from the RGT ethnic minority group, and by contributing to the evidence base for policymaking.
Amongst other early uses, the findings will directly feed into the Children’s Commissioner’s Vulnerability Database and reporting to Parliament, and will be used by the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government (MHCLG) in building up its evidence base for the national strategy for tackling RGT inequalities. In addition, it will be used by the Race Disparity Unit in addressing a lack of RGT data.
The research will address the conceptual and methodological challenges associated with tailoring and using the GUIE dataset for the analysis of the childhood circumstances and educational outcomes of RGT children and young people. The findings will add to a growing body of research that addresses the problem of ‘data exclusion’ and ‘invisibility’ in social statistics, and which builds up quantitative evidence on disadvantaged and at-risk groups of children.
- Researchers include Polly Vizard and Polina Obolenskaya, Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion (CASE), London School of Economics (LSE)
- Funded value: £118,522
- Duration of project: 1 November 2020 – 31 August 2021
This project is funded via the ADR UK Strategic Hub Fund, a dedicated fund for commissioning research using newly linked administrative data, in consultation with the Research Commissioning Board (RCB). Details of the funding grant awarded by ADR UK to UWE for this project can also be found on the UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) Gateway to Research platform.