Information for Participants

Information for Participants

Participant Information Leaflets

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.

Child Cohort

Infant Cohort

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 here.

Details on papers presented at Growing Up in Ireland conferences can be found here.

Information on other research arising from Growing Up in Ireland is periodically updated here.

How can I contact the Study Team to tell you we’ve moved or to get more information?

You can contact us by telephone on Freephone 1800 200 434

You can email us at growingup@esri.ie

You can write to us at:

Growing Up in Ireland,
Economic and Social Research Institute,
Whitaker Square,
Sir John Rogerson’s Quay,
Dublin 2.

Data Confidentiality

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 DCYA. You can find a list of these publications here.

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.

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