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What findings have come out of the Growing Up in Ireland study?
- You can view all official publications from the Growing Up in Ireland team.
- Details on papers presented at Growing Up in Ireland conferences.
- Information on other research arising from Growing Up in Ireland is periodically updated.
- You can follow us on social media to keep up to date with the latest releases and facts from the study. We’re on Twitter (@GrowingUpIre) and Instagram (www.instagram.com/growing_up_in_ireland).
How can I contact the Study Team to tell you we’ve moved or to get more information?
During COVID restrictions, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
You can contact us by telephone on Freephone 1800 200 434
You can write to us at:
Growing Up in Ireland,
Economic and Social Research Institute,
Sir John Rogerson’s Quay,
Dublin D02 K138
Participant Information Leaflets for completed waves
Participants’ information leaflets can be downloaded by following the links to the relevant cohort below. Note that the Child Cohort are those children who were first interviewed at age 9 years, and the Infant Cohort are those who were first interviewed at 9 months.
What it’s like to take part in a GUI interview?
If you would like to know more about the in-home experience of being a Growing Up in Ireland participant, we’ve shared some clips from our training videos. Go to this page to take a look.
All information provided as part of Growing Up in Ireland are treated as strictly confidential. The study is carried out under the Statistics Act (1993) – this makes it an offence to use the data for anything other than research purposes or to attempt to identify individuals. Researchers seeking to use Growing Up in Ireland anonymised data must agree to these conditions and abide by any other conditions, such as relating to data security, as set out by the Central Statistics Office, DCYA, ISSDA, the GUI Study Team or related bodies.
What is meant by data archiving?
The Growing Up in Ireland team use the data collected on the questionnaires to prepare various types of publications which are commissioned by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs.
In addition a fully-anonymised set of data are made available to other researchers via the Irish Social Sciences Data Archive (ISSDA). The anonymisation process means that – in addition to the removal of contact details, dates of birth, names, occupation details and so on – other changes are made to either summarise or remove particular questions that only apply to smaller number of individuals. Furthermore, most questions which refer to what would typically be considered ‘sensitive’ information are removed from the deposited file entirely. Only bonafide researchers are allowed to use Growing Up in Ireland data and they cannot be used for commercial purposes. Making the anonymised Growing Up in Ireland data available to more researchers increases the usefulness of this important national resource. You can see examples of work published by external researchers here.
In a small number of cases, the Central Statistics Office may, at its discretion, approve external researchers to have access to a more detailed, but still anonymised version of the datafile (called an RMF). Approval for use of this more detailed file is subject to strict data security requirements and the appointment of these external researchers as Officers of Statistics by the Central Statistics Office.
Any researcher who is granted access to the anonymised datafiles undertakes to abide by the data confidentiality rules as outlined above. Failure to do so may be treated as a criminal offence.
The Growing Up in Ireland Privacy Statement for Participants can be viewed here.
Who manages the study?
Growing Up in Ireland is the national longitudinal study of children and young people. The study is funded by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs (DCYA), with a contribution in Phase 2 from The Atlantic Philanthropies, and is managed by the DCYA in association with the Central Statistics Office. It is being carried out by a consortium of researchers led by the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) and Trinity College Dublin (TCD).
You can read more about the governance of the study on our ‘About’ page.
You can find out more about the institutions involved on their websites (click on the links below):