What is the need?

It is important that healthy emotional, physical and psychological life-styles should start from an early age. However, very little European comparative social and educational research is being done in order to ascertain what are the best policies and approaches to effectively promote the well-being of children and young people. Research into care, education, leisure and well-being of children and young people is needed, although it involves significant methodological challenges.

What are we doing?

In this project – Measuring Youth Well-Being (MYWeB) – we explore the feasibility of conducting a longitudinal survey, which would capture the full picture of the growing-up process possibly from birth to the end of a child's education – including aspects related to the transition to work and parenthood. A longitudinal multidisciplinary would be needed to understand these different dimensions and the dynamics of these processes. Key elements of the feasibility study include:

  • reviewing current, relevant policy,
  • data collection,
  • developing options for a longitudinal study, and
  • scoring these options according to their technical, political and financial feasibility.

MYWeB takes a balanced approach to assessing the feasibility of a European Longitudinal Study for Children and Young People (ELSCYP) through prioritising both scientific and policy imperatives.

Striking the appropriate balance between science and policy is guaranteed through the use of an evaluation/appraisal methodology which ensures that the outcomes will be methodologically robust, technically feasible and will represent value for money. A full scale pilot study in six countries means original empirical data on field experiences will provide direct evidence of the feasibility of an ELSCYP. Engagement with a wide range of stakeholders including policy-makers at a European, Member State and regional level ensures that the project outcomes take into account the broadest range of policy makers.

Questions about the «value added» that a longitudinal survey can offer over a cross-sectional survey will, therefore, be fully informed by policy agendas. Children and Young People are integrated into the project plan to contribute to the operationalisation of notions of well-being as well as in understanding the best modes of conducting an ELSCYP.

Who is in the team?

MYWeB is being implemented by a consortium of 14 research institutions.

The MYWeB consortium contains researchers from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds and provides expertise in the areas of children and young people's well-being, childhood care; education; the environment in which a child grows up, childhood/youth work and leisure and participation. In addition, all teams are experienced in undertaking questionnaire survey research. Each Delivery Partner and Collaborator in the consortium is part of the FP7 funded MYPLACE project and have direct experience of working with one another on a large and complex project and the requirements to deliver to contract. The consortium contains a team with international repute in the methodology of longitudinal surveys ensuring that the project outcomes are informed by cutting edge scientists working in this field of methodology.

What are the timescales?

The project starts in March 2014 and runs for 30 months.

Administrative details

  • Total cost - EUR 1 659 881,71
  • EU contribution - EUR 1 493 481,50
  • Project coordinator Manchester Metropolitan University
  • Topic SSH.2013.6.3-1 — Towards a European longitudinal childhood and youth survey
  • Funding scheme CSA-SA — Support actions

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