ONS Opinions and Lifestyle Survey, Covid-19 Module, 2020-2023: Secure Access


Abstract copyright UK Data Service and data collection copyright owner.The Opinions and Lifestyle Survey (OPN) is an omnibus survey that collects data on a range of subjects commissioned by both the ONS internally and external clients (limited to other government departments, charities, non-profit organisations and academia). Data are collected from one individual aged 16 or over, selected from each sampled private household. Personal data include data on the individual, their family, address, household, income and education, plus responses and opinions on a variety of subjects within commissioned modules. The questionnaire collects timely data for research and policy analysis evaluation on the social impacts of recent topics of national importance, such as the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and the cost of living, on individuals and households in Great Britain. From April 2018 to November 2019, the design of the OPN changed from face-to-face to a mixed-mode design (online first with telephone interviewing where necessary). Mixed-mode collection allows respondents to complete the survey more flexibly and provides a more cost-effective service for customers. In March 2020, the OPN was adapted to become a weekly survey used to collect data on the social impacts of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on the lives of people of Great Britain. These data are held in the Secure Access study, SN 8635, ONS Opinions and Lifestyle Survey, Covid-19 Module, 2020-2022: Secure Access. Other Secure Access OPN data cover modules run at various points from 1997-2019, on Census religion (SN 8078), cervical cancer screening (SN 8080), contact after separation (SN 8089), contraception (SN 8095), disability (SNs 8680 and 8096), general lifestyle (SN 8092), illness and activity (SN 8094), and non-resident parental contact (SN 8093).From August 2021, as coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions were lifting across Great Britain, the OPN moved to fortnightly data collection, sampling around 5,000 households in each survey wave to ensure the survey remains sustainable. The OPN has since expanded to include questions on other topics of national importance, such as health and the cost of living. For more information about the survey and its methodology, see the ONS OPN Quality and Methodology Information webpage.

ONS Opinions and Lifestyle Survey, Covid-19 Module, 2020-2023The aim of this study was to help understand the impact of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic on people, households and communities in Great Britain. It was a weekly survey initiated in March 2020, and since August 2021, as COVID-19 restrictions were lifted, the survey has moved to fortnightly data collection, sampling around 5,000 households in each survey wave. The study allows the breakdown of impacts by at-risk age, gender and underlying health condition. The samples are randomly selected from those that had previously completed other ONS surveys (e.g., Labour Market Survey, Annual Population Survey).  From each household, one adult is randomly selected but with unequal probability: younger people are given a higher selection probability than older people because of under-estimation in the samples available for the survey.Latest edition informationFor the eighth edition (April 2023), data files for Waves BD and CO to DD have been added. The Variable Catalogue has also been updated, and a document giving the sampling period of each wave has been added.

Main Topics:Each month's questionnaire consists of two elements: core questions, covering demographic information, are asked each month together with non-core questions that vary from month to month.

The questions and topics covered by the Covid Module have changed over time.  Topics covered have included:health conditionsconcerns about workworking from homeunderstanding information about Covid-19actions undertaken to prevent the spread of the viruscoping whilst staying at home and community support networksindicators of well-being and lonelinessways pandemic has effected life, work and financescaring responsibilitiesreturning to school or collegeleaving homemodes of transport usedcost of livingproblems with companiesvaccinationsindividual characteristics (e.g., age, gender, health conditions, qualifications, ethnicity, employment, income)

Multi-stage stratified random sample


Telephone interview

Face-to-face interview

DOI http://doi.org/10.5255/UKDA-SN-8635-8
Metadata Access https://datacatalogue.cessda.eu/oai-pmh/v0/oai?verb=GetRecord&metadataPrefix=oai_ddi25&identifier=4d509a4be09d75e98324184bf4ac40460bebf44e496bc83971b594c56f9b18bb
Creator Office for National Statistics
Publisher UK Data Service
Publication Year 2020
Funding Reference Office for National Statistics
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Language English
Resource Type Numeric
Discipline Economics; Social and Behavioural Sciences
Spatial Coverage Great Britain