Lessons Learned from the Longitudinal Surveys of Australian Youth (LSAY)

For over 20 years the Longitudinal Surveys of Australian Youth (LSAY) have provided researchers, policy makers and education practitioners with a valuable resource capturing the pathways of young people as they make their way from school to post-school education and training and into the workforce.  LSAY covers topics relating to education, employment, living arrangements and wellbeing and includes information not captured by administrative data such as attitudes, engagement, satisfaction and soft skills. To date, more than 60,000 young people have participated in LSAY across six distinct cohorts, providing users with a vast evidence base for exploring youth transitions over the decades.

This seminar will introduce participants to the LSAY program. Topics covered will include survey design and methodology; survey content; and the challenges faced in collecting such large, longitudinal data. The seminar will also explore applications of the LSAY data in various research settings, and in driving government policy. This seminar will be of value to researchers who are considering using the LSAY data within their own research, and for researchers who are designing, collecting, and analysing their own longitudinal data.

Ronnie Semo

Ronnie Semo is a Senior Research Officer at the National Centre for Vocational Education Research. With more than ten years’ experience working with data from the Longitudinal Surveys of Australian (LSAY), Ronnie has made a notable contribution towards the evidence base on youth transitions. In her current role, Ronnie is responsible for all aspects of data management for the LSAY and is passionate about improving the quality and usability of the LSAY data. She has authored many peer-reviewed publications and technical industry reports and represents the LSAY program in a variety of forums including data workshops and conferences. Ronnie also provides advice and support to the LSAY Strategic Advisory Committee and is a key member of the LSAY management team.

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Social Sciences Building (24), Room S302