Growing Up in Ireland Data Workshop – March 2019

Growing Up in Ireland will host a Data Workshop to promote and support the use of Datasets from both the Child Cohort ’98 and Infant Cohort ’08 on Friday the 1st of March 2019 from 13:00hrs to 17:00hrs at the offices of the Economic and Social Research Institute in Dublin.

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The workshop will cover a broad range of topics and is relevant to users of both the Child and Infant cohort data. You will gain a comprehensive overview of the conduct of the study, the structure of the data, supporting documentation, as well as how to match the datasets across waves.

No prior familiarity with the Growing Up in Ireland data is assumed. The workshop takes a general approach to the datasets. The study design, dataset structures and analytic techniques needed to make use of the data overlap across both cohorts so the workshop will be informative for all GUI data users.
Researchers who have previously attended a data workshop on earlier waves of the data should note that this upcoming workshop will cover much of the same content.

Overview of Growing Up in Ireland Datasets

The Growing Up in Ireland Anonymised Microdata Files (AMF) are available on application to the Irish Social Science Data Archive (ISSDA).

Anonymised Microdata Files

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

Accessing AMF Data

Potential users wishing to access the anonymised data should apply directly to the ISSDA

Child Cohort:

Infant Cohort:

Researcher Microdata Files

The Researcher Microdata Files (RMF) for the Child and Infant Cohorts contain item level information on the majority of topics including some variables that may be have been removed or summarised in the AMF.

Accessing RMF Data

Access to the RMF is through a detailed application form hosted on the Department of Children and Youth Affairs (DCYA) website: (Direct link)
Access to the RMF data is strictly limited to academic research with oversight from the Central Statistics Office (CSO) to ensure confidentiality for the participants.

About Growing Up in Ireland

Growing Up in Ireland is the national longitudinal study of children in Ireland. It is funded by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs, with a contribution from The Atlantic Philanthropies in Phase 2. The study is managed and overseen by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs in association with the Central Statistics Office (CSO). It is carried out by a consortium of researchers led by the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) and Trinity College Dublin


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

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