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National Longitudinal Surveys

Timeline for NLSY26 Cohort Development



  • FY 2021: Initial Steps

    • Congress directed BLS to “initiate spending on the planning and development of a new National Longitudinal Survey of Youth (NLSY) cohort.”

    • BLS conducted outreach other agencies and to NLSY data community


  • FY 2022: Design work

    • Research to assess key needs and inputs

      • Assessment of content in previous cohorts

      • Evaluation of potential data sources

      • Consultation with subject matter experts on questionnaire content

      • Comparison of potential sampling frame and methods

      • Development of requirements for data dissemination

    • Additional outreach to stakeholders

      • Federal Register Notice

      • Public User Survey

      • Listening Sessions with Selected Data Users


  • FY 2023: Survey development

    • Development of questionnaire design and survey structure


  • FY 2024: Systems development

    •  Building up all systems for collecting and organizing data


  • FY 2025: Pre-test fielded, prep for screening

    • Pre-test conducted


  • FY 2026: Screening and Round 1 data collection

    • Data collection begins

 March 25, 2022