European Cohort Development Project (ECDP)

The European Cohort Development Project (ECDP) is a Design Study which will create the specification and business case for a European Research Infrastructure that will provide, over the next 25 years, comparative longitudinal survey data on child and young adult well-being. The infrastructure developed by ECDP will subsequently coordinate the first Europe wide cohort survey, which we name EuroCohort. The project is funded by the European Commission under Horizon2020 and is led by PERU under the leadership of Professor Gary Pollock.

It builds on a previous project run by PERU, the Measuring Youth Wellbeing (MYWEB) project funded by the European Commission under FP7.

What is the need?

There is at present no equivalent data source available to scientists to comparatively analyse the well-being of children as they grow up and therefore to develop policies to improve their well-being. As the respondents to EuroCohort grow up an increasing body of data will develop, becoming ever richer and informative, able to show the ways in which national policies have made impacts and showing where policy interventions can make significant improvements.

What are we doing?

ECDP has a tripartite focus on securing political support, operational robustness and scientific excellence. We recognise that each of these imperatives are necessary to the development of a successful research infrastructure, as scientific excellence alone is not enough.

The project has three objectives:
i. Build support from key national policy makers across Europe who have a brief which covers child well-being as well as national funding agencies tasked with infrastructural spending on science and survey data
collection
ii. Develop a scientifically excellent research design for a pan-European, longitudinal survey of children and young people on the topic of wellbeing
iii. Establish a robust operational framework that will ensure the logistic integrity of EuroCohort

What are the timescales?

This 18 month project starts in January 2018.

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