About this study
The Families & children study (FACS) is the 'go to' study
for anyone interested in the lives of families with kids in
Britain. It's already yielded
Conducted every year since 1999, each wave of interviews has spoken to approximately 7,000 people. The final wave of interviews took place in 2008.
The survey, commissioned and primarily funded by the Department for Work and Pensions, aims to measure living standards and outcomes. Key topics have included:
Potential policy impact
From the beginning FACS has been used to evaluate the
effectiveness of Government policy set up to prevent families
falling into hardship and poverty.
These policies include the Working and Child Tax Credits as well as the measures put into place by the Government to reduce child poverty.
Since 1999 we have interviewed the same families every year,
allowing us to make comparisons over time. We added new families
each year from 2000-2008, to make sure that the survey was
representative of Britain's families.
The study involved a face-to-face interview with the main participant, usually the female mother figure. In most waves of interviews, where applicable, we also conducted a 20 minute interview with partners.
Since 2003 we have asked children between the ages of 11 and 15 to fill in a self-completion questionnaire.
You can read the findings so far or visit the Families and children website