Growing Up in Ireland is a national study of children. It is the most significant of its kind ever to take place in this country and will help us to improve our understanding of all aspects of children and their development.
The study is taking place over seven years and following the progress of two groups of children; 8500 nine-year-olds and 11,000 nine-month-olds. During this time we have carried out two rounds of research with each group of children.
The main aim of the study is to paint a full picture of children in Ireland and how they are developing in the current social, economic and cultural environment. This information will be used to assist in policy formation and in the provision of services which will ensure all children will have the best possible start in life.
Growing Up in Ireland is a Government study. The Department of Children and Youth Affairs is funding it, in association with the Department of Social Protection and the Central Statistics Office.
The Department of Children and Youth Affairs is overseeing and managing the study, which is being carried out by a consortium of researchers led by the Economic & Social Research Institute (ESRI) and Trinity College Dublin.