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The Integrated Household Survey (IHS), which began in 2009, is a composite survey combining questions asked on a number of social surveys conducted by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) to produce a dataset of 'core' variables. The aim of the IHS is to produce high-level estimates for particular themes to a higher precision and lower geographic level than current ONS social surveys. ONS stopped producing the IHS datasets from 2015 onwards; see the FAQs 'What is the Integrated Household Survey (IHS)?' and 'Which surveys (or modules) are included in the IHS?' for further information.
GN 33420 | Integrated Household Survey, 2009-2014
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The Integrated Household Survey (IHS) is a composite survey which brings together in a single dataset some of the data from a number of Office for National Statistics (ONS) social surveys (called “modules”). The aim of the IHS is to produce high-level estimates for particular themes to a higher precision and lower geographic level than current ONS social surveys. The datasets are available from 2009-2014. ONS ceased production of the separate IHS datasets from 2015 onwards because the only dataset/module that remained in the IHS was the Annual Population Survey (APS). Instead, the data available from questions formally regarded as the IHS core are provided in the APS data.
The surveys included in the IHS have changed over time. From April 2009 - March 2010 the IHS contained data collected from the following surveys:
In January 2010 the OPN survey was removed from the IHS. This was designed to shorten the interview length of the OPN. Then from April 2011, the EHS and LOS were removed. In January 2012 the GLF ceased and in January 2014 the LCF was removed, leaving only the APS (see FAQ 'What is the Integrated Household Survey (IHS)?'). Further information about the IHS may be found on the ONS IHS webpages.
The IHS contains only some of the variables that are included in its constituent modules; the IHS in 2009-10 (End User licence version) contains 125 variables. The IHS aims to produce high-level estimates for particular themes to a higher precision and lower geographic level than current ONS social surveys. It has a sample size of approximately 450,000 individuals from interviews undertaken in Great Britain and Northern Ireland. This large sample size and UK coverage means various geographical breakdowns are possible in the IHS and it is possible to use a geographical hierarchy to drill down to lower level detail within an area.
No, because weights in the IHS are designed to be used with the whole of the IHS and do not allow analysis within component surveys.
Not using the published IHS data. Researchers with a strong research case for linking IHS data to another data set should contact the ONS.
The data is available from 2009-2014. For an up-to-date list of available datasets please refer to the DATA ACCESS section on this page.
A pilot study for the IHS was conducted in 2008-2009. It included 3 modules initially in January 2008 and a fourth was added in April 2008. The IHS data for this period was not published as it does not provide better quality than existing surveys except for smoking prevalence.
The IHS is available in SPSS, STATA and ASCII tab-delimited formats.
The IHS covers the UK including Northern Ireland. Note that different modules have different geographical coverage:
Children are not interviewed in the IHS but adults are asked to give proxy responses to questions on behalf children in their household for some but not all questions.
The IHS core questions cover several themes. These include:
While income data are collected within the IHS and questions are included in the questionnaire, the ONS have so far not been able to harmonise the income variables across the different surveys that comprise the IHS. Therefore, there are currently (summer 2013) no income variables included in the datasets deposited at the Archive.
There are four questions about happiness. They appear in a block of subjective questions near the start of the questionnaire, after a question about sexual identity but before questions about employment.
Variable lists and PDF user guides (including questionnaires) are freely available in the documentation on each survey’s catalogue page. There is a list of surveys in the DATA ACCESS section of this webpage.
The data are available at the level of Government Office Region in the End User Licence version of this dataset.
More detailed geographic variables are available in the Special Licence version. Variables include county, unitary/local authority, Nomenclature of Territorial Units for Statistics 2 (NUTS2) and NUTS3 regions and Training and Enterprise Councils (TECs). Users should note that the user guide also mentions variables that are not included in either the EUL or SL datasets held at the Archive.
Yes. There is a household weight and a non-proxy weight provided solely for analysis of the sexual identity question on the IHS. For further information about weights in the IHS see the user guides in the documentation on the catalogue page for each survey.
Yes, these datasets provide a series of repeated cross-sectional surveys which may be used to analyse change over time.
Reports and other publications can be obtained from the ONS website.
Using the Integrated Household Survey for teaching
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