Information for Researchers

Information for Researchers

GUI Annual Conferences

Growing Up in Ireland Annual Conference 2018 – Thursday 8th November in the Gibson Hotel, Dublin

Growing Up in Ireland – the National Longitudinal Study of Children, will hold its tenth annual research conference on Thursday 8th November 2018 in the Gibson Hotel in Dublin’s docklands area.

The conference will focus on research based on Growing Up in Ireland (GUI) data.  The Keynote address at this year’s conference will be delivered by Professor Ingrid Schoon who holds the Chair of Human Development and Social Policy at the Institute of Education, University College London, is a Research Professor at the Social Science Centre in Berlin, and Visiting Professor at the the Royal Netherlands Academy of the Arts and Science.

The Growing Up in Ireland team invites abstracts for papers from researchers working on Growing Up in Ireland data.  For details, please go to this page.

New Data Release

Archiving of Wave 4 Cohort ’08 (Infant Cohort) (at 7/8 years) Data

Growing Up in Ireland would like to announce that the Anonymised Microdata File (AMF) and the Researcher Microdata File (RMF) from Wave 4 of the Cohort’08 (Infant Cohort) (at 7/8 years) are now available.

These datasets include anonymised details on 5,344 7/8-year-olds and their families, who were first interviewed when they were nine-months old. Wave 4 data collection took place between February 2016 and July 2016, and consisted of a postal questionnaire with a phone-based follow-up (if necessary). Both datafiles are accompanied by a set of documents describing the data, their structure and content. The information contained on the files can be used for statistical purposes only – to use it for any other purpose would be an offence, under the Statistics Act, 1993. The Wave 4 data can be matched by a unique id code to the Wave 1/2/3 data, facilitating longitudinal analysis on the Growing Up in Ireland Cohort ’08 (Infant Cohort) data.

Accessing the Data:

The Anonymised Microdata File (AMF) is a publicly available anonymised dataset which provides many of the key variables from Wave 4 of the Cohort ’08 (Infant Cohort) and has been prepared in such a way as to protect the anonymity of all participants. Researchers wishing to access the AMF should apply to the Irish Social Science Data Archive (ISSDA) here.

The Researcher Microdata File (RMF) is a more detailed dataset. Access to the RMF is subject to appointment of the researcher as an Officer of Statistics by the Central Statistics Office, meaning that the researcher is subject to the full rigour and penalties of the Statistics Act, 1993. Researchers wishing to access the RMF should apply to the Department of Children and Youth Affairs (DCYA) here.

Data Workshops

Growing Up in Ireland regularly hosts data workshops to introduce researchers to the datasets.  Workshops typically cover either the Child Cohort or the Infant Cohort.  Places are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis and are free of charge.

Go to this page for further details. Materials from previous workshops can also be downloaded from the same page. Enquiries for this or future workshops should contact


Questionnaires for all completed waves of Growing Up in Ireland are available to view here.  Please note that some scales are not available to view within the documentation.

Applying for Growing Up in Ireland Data

Growing Up in Ireland datasets are made available to researchers on a confidential and anonymised basis through the Irish Social Sciences Data Archive.  See here for details on how to apply. These files are known as Anonymised Microdata Files (AMFs).

More detailed files, also on an anonymous and strictly confidential basis, may be made available to researchers at the discretion of the Department of Children and Youth Affairs and the Central Statistics Office. Applications are made through the Department of Children and Youth Affairs – see here for details.  These files are known as Researcher Microdata Files (RMFs).

Currently data are available for the Infant Cohort at 9 months, 3 years and 5 years; and for the Child Cohort at 9 years and 13 years.

Qualitative Data

Circa 120 qualitative interviews supplemented the main survey data collection at the first waves of the Child and Infant Cohorts (ages 9 years and 9 months respectively).  Anonymised versions of these qualitative datasets are available through the Irish Qualitative Data Archive at the University of Maynooth.

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.

Additional Publications Using GUI Data

The GUI team are currently developing a listing of other publications (additional to the official publications).  A first draft is available here and will be updated in the coming weeks.  Please note that this database does not necessarily represent a comprehensive listing of all work using GUI data, and the Study Team cannot vouch for the accuracy or otherwise of the publications listed – they are noted here for information only.  Any queries should be directed to the individual authors.

For official GUI publications, please go to this page.

Go here for external publications using Growing Up in Ireland data

Useful links for researchers

For links to other child cohort and related studies, as well as selected research institutes and networks related to research on children and young people, please click here.

Please note that we do not take any responsibility for the content of other sites.

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