EVENS represents a step change in collection of data on racism and ethnic inequality.

It is the largest and most comprehensive survey to document the lives of ethnic and religious minorities in Britain during the pandemic. Data collection took place between February and November 2021.

EVENS has a sample of 14,200 participants, of whom 9,700 identify as members of ethnic and religious minority groups, uniquely allowing comparative analyses of their experiences.

A number of distinctive features make EVENS a uniquely useful source for understanding contemporary ethnic inequalities:

  • recognition and representation of more ethnic minority groups;
  • larger samples of ethnic minority groups;
  • use and development of innovative and robust survey methods;
  • working in partnership with ethnic minority communities to ensure the relevance and quality of the data.

The full EVENS dataset is freely available via the UK Data Service. Find out about using the data in your research or teaching

We asked participants questions about education, employment and economic wellbeing, housing and your neighbourhood, social and political participation, health, ethnic and religious identity, and experiences of racism and discrimination. See our full list of topics

Survey design

EVENS employs cutting-edge survey methods to ensure a uniquely robust dataset. Meeting the aims of EVENS required innovation in survey methods from questionnaire development to data adjustments after fieldwork. At the core of this innovation is an open invitation to ethnic minority people to take part in the survey. EVENS uses a non-probability survey approach and is one of the first large-scale applications of such a survey methodology in the social sciences.

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