Growing Up in Ireland

Growing Up in Ireland is a Government-funded study of children being carried out jointly by the ESRI and Trinity College Dublin. It is managed by the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth in association with the Central Statistics Office.

The study started in 2006 and follows the progress of two groups of children: 8,000 9-year-olds (Cohort ’98) and 10,000 9-month-olds (Cohort ’08). The members of Cohort ’98 are now aged about 23 years and those of Cohort ’08 are around 13 years old.

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Latest GUI News:

  • Growing Up in Ireland will host a virtual Data Workshop to promote and support the use of Datasets from both Cohort ’98 and ’08 on the 14th February from 10am to 12:00noon. Further details here.
  • The Growing Up in Ireland online survey platform is currently offline for an essential technical update, apologies for the inconvenience.
  • The latest report from GUI’s Cohort ’98 – The Lives of 20-Year-Olds: Making the Transition to Adulthood – was launched online Dec. 14th.  Further details including a copy of the launch slides here or go directly to the report.
  • The GUI 13th Annual Conference (online) took place on Thursday 25th November, 2021. Slides from many presentations will be available online in the coming week. Further details here.

Where are we now:

  • We are currently interviewing Cohort ’08 at 13 years
  • Key findings from the special online ‘Covid-19’ survey (Dec 2020) were released on March 26th. The data have been archived (Oct 2021) and are open to applications.
  • The main phase of the Child Cohort ’98 at 20 years has been completed; key findings have been released and the data has been approved for release to researchers.
  • During COVID-19 restrictions, please contact the GUI team by email only via Growing.Up@esri.ie