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Welcome

Welcome to the website of Growing Up in Ireland, an exciting and historic national study of children.

This study is following the progress of almost 20,000 children across Ireland to collect a host of information to help improve our understanding of all aspects of children and their development.

Here you can learn all about the study and how it works and catch up with all the latest news on the Study. If you are a participant in the study you will find all the information you need to know about taking part.

Growing Up in Ireland Research Conference 2016

Thursday 3rd November 2016, 09:00 to 17:00

Croke Park Conference Centre, Dublin 3

The Growing Up in Ireland Study Team invites you to Growing Up in Ireland’s Annual Research Conference to be held in the Croke Park Conference Centre, Dublin on Thursday 3rd November 2016.  Registration will be from 08:00 to facilitate a 9am start.

The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone T.D., will launch a series of key findings on several aspects of the lives of 17- and 18-year-olds.

Keynote Speaker:  The keynote address will be given by Professor Gordon Harold from the University of Sussex.  It will focus on the importance of longitudinal studies across the life course.  Professor Harold’s main research interest is on the role of the family as a context for understanding children’s normal and abnormal psychological development.

Conference Presentations:  Twenty-five papers will be presented at the conference.  These will be based on Growing Up in Ireland’s Child and Infant Cohorts and will focus on a range of topics including health, parenting, education and socio-emotional well-being.  This year’s conference also features a methodology session which will include presentations on topics relating to the practical aspects of collecting and using data from longitudinal studies such as Growing Up in Ireland.

Book your place:  There is no fee for the conference and places are filled on a first come basis so early booking is encouraged.  Bookings should be made via:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/GUI2016

Do feel free to circulate this information to relevant colleagues.  Further details on Growing Up in Ireland are available at:

http://www.esri.ie/growing-up-in-ireland/information-for-researchers/

GUI Data Workshop June 2016 - NOW FUlLY BOOKED!

Growing Up in Ireland will host a Data Workshop to promote and support the use of the Infant Cohort datasets (Wave 1, Wave 2 and Wave 3) on Thursday 9th June from 10am to 1pm at the offices of the Economic and Social Research Institute in Whitaker Square, Dublin. NOW FULLY BOOKED.

Training will cover a range of topics and is designed to give a comprehensive overview of the conduct of the study, the data themselves and supporting documentation, as well as how to match the Wave 1, Wave 2 and Wave 3 datasets. Researchers who have previously attended a data workshop on the Wave 1 or Wave 2 data should note that this upcoming workshop will cover much of the same content. No prior familiarity with the Growing Up in Ireland data is assumed. The Child Cohort data will not be covered in this workshop.

Those interested in attending should contact guiworkshop@esri.ie. Places are strictly limited and allocated on a 'first-come first-served' basis. There is no registration fee for the workshop. 

Infant Cohort Dataset

The Growing Up in Ireland Anonymised Microdata Files (AMF) from Wave 1, Wave 2 and Wave 3 of the Infant Cohort are available from the Irish Social Science Data Archive (ISSDA) http://www.ucd.ie/issda/data/growingupinirelandgui/ 

The Wave 1 dataset includes anonymised details on 11,134 nine-month-old infants born between 1st December 2007 and the 30th June 2008, along with those of their parents/guardians. Data collection for this group took place between September 2008 and April 2009.The Wave 2 dataset datasets include anonymised details on 9,793 three-year-old children and their families, who were first interviewed when they were nine-months old. Wave 2 data collection took place between December 2010 and July 2011.

The Wave 3 dataset datasets include anonymised details on 9,001 five-year-old children and their families, who were first interviewed when they were nine-months old. Wave 3 data collection took place between  March 2013 and September 2013.

The Anonymised Microdata Files (AMF) for the Infant Cohort provide many of the key variables from both waves of data collection and have been prepared in such a way as to protect the anonymity of all participants. Both datafiles are accompanied by a set of documents describing the data, their structure and content.

Accessing the Data

Potential users wishing to access the anonymised data should apply to the Irish Social Science Data Archive (ISSDA) at http://www.ucd.ie/issda/data/growingupinirelandgui/

Growing Up in Ireland is a Government study which is almost wholly funded by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs, in association with the Department of Social Protection, the Central Statistics Office and the Department of Education & Skills. A part funding contribution in support of Phase 2 of Growing Up in Ireland (2015-19) has been generously provided by The Atlantic Philanthropies, a limited life foundation. The Department of Children and Youth Affairs is overseeing and managing the study, which is being carried out by a group of independent researchers led by the Economic & Social Research Institute (ESRI) and Trinity College Dublin.

About ISSDA

The Irish Social Science Data Archive (ISSDA) is located in University College, Dublin. It holds a range of data from surveys and official statistics (such as the Census) and makes them readily available to users in the academic, public and commercial sectors.  More details on ISSDA are available at http://www.ucd.ie/issda

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Non Parental Childcare and Child Cognitive Outcomes at Age 5

On December 3rd 2015 Dr. James Reilly, TD, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs officially launched - 'Non-Parental Childcare and Child Cognitive Outcomes at Age Five' - the latest in a series of reports from Growing Up in Ireland, the National Longitudinal Study of Children.

Using data from a representative sample of 9,000 children aged 5 years, this report investigates whether childcare arrangements at age 3 can impact on children's later cognitive outcomes development as they start primary school. The report also examines children's participation in free pre-school education provided under the Early Childhood Care and Education Programme. A copy of the report is available below.

In addition to the launch of the above report, Dr James Reilly, T.D., Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, addressed the conference proceedings at the 7th Annual Growing Up in Ireland Research Conference being held in Dublin Castle on December 3rd 2015. This features twenty-two papers including a keynote address from Professor Alice Sullivan of the Institute of Education, London on 'Educational Inequality among Adolescents'. The other papers include work on children's health, education and socio-emotional well-being using data from the Growing Up in Ireland project. 

Download: Non Parental Childcare and Child Cognitive Outcomes at Age 5

Ava Gao (Age 7), Dr James Reilly T.D., Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Holly Coyle (Age 3), Callum Coyle (Age 6), and Millie Palmer (Age 2). Back row:Professor Alan Barrett (Director), Professor James Williams, Dr Helen Russell and Dr Aisling Murray (ESRI)

Data from Wave 3 of the Infant Cohort (at 5 years)

Growing Up in Ireland would like to announce that the Anonymised Microdata File (AMF) from Wave 3 of the Infant Cohort (at 5 years) are now available from ISSDA.

A data workshop on the Infant Cohort, to include Wave 3, will be held in the ESRI on June 9th, 10am – 1pm.  See 'upcoming data workshops' for further details.

Growing Up in Ireland, Phase 2

Prof. James Williams, GUI; Dr. Fergal Lynch, DCYA; Minister James Reilly, DCYA; Prof. Vinny Cahill, TCD; Prof. Frances Ruane, ESRI at Growing Up in Ireland, Phase 2 launch at Pearse St Library, 4th June 2015

Dr. James Reilly T.D., Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, launched Growing Up in Ireland: The National Longitudinal Study of Children, phase 2 on 4th June 2015. For further details click here

Publications

All Growing Up in Ireland publications are available to download.

Publications from the Child Cohort can be downloaded here

Publications from the Infant Cohort can be downloaded here

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Data Workshop, 9th June 2016

The Growing up in Ireland Study is holding a data workshop on the Infant Cohort data (Waves 1, 2 and 3) on Thursday 9th June. For further details please click here. NOW FULLY BOOKED!