About Our Future

Since 2013, when you were in year 9, you and over 13,000 others your age have been involved in the Our Future study. The chances of being involved in this study were very small.

Our Future is an unusual study because respondents are surveyed every year. Surveys this big which follow respondents over a long period of time are rare, and this is currently the only study of its kind in England. You are part of something unique and special.

So far…
So far, you will have completed multiple years of surveys. Thank you! By completing a survey every year, your previous answers can be used alongside the new findings to understand the changes in your life. This means that the survey findings get more valuable every year we collect information from you, and information we collected when you were younger is still useful. The questions change slightly over the years to make sure they are relevant to what you’re doing now.

What topics are covered by the survey?
The survey covers a range of topics including:

  • What your main activities are nowadays
  • Health matters, such as sleep
  • Some of your personal opinions and attitudes

What do I have to do?
Completing the survey takes around 25 minutes and you don’t have to tell us anything you don’t want to. Once you’ve finished, that’s it until next year. If you want to keep up with the latest findings, you can read the newsletters we send to you each year.

How was I selected?
To ensure that we included people from a wide range of backgrounds, your school was randomly selected. You were then randomly selected from all the pupils in year 9 in your school.

Who is this research for?
Our Future is a flagship study that is carried out by two social research agencies (Kantar and GfK). The information from the surveys is used by all government departments (not just the Department for Education), as well as academics and independent researchers. Research reports based on the findings from the study are available for anyone to read.

Why not have a look at the published research reports? These can be found at:
2013 Research report:
2014 Research report:

To make sure we create the best policies for young people, it is essential we understand how young people’s lives are changing and what path they are choosing to take.

Who funds the research?
Our Future is funded by the Department for Education. The Department knows that it is really important to understand young people when making decisions that affect them.

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