European Cohort Development Project


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. This is achieved through the following three objectives: i. Building support from key political policy makers with 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 iii. Establish a robust operational framework that will ensure the logistic integrity of EuroCohort. The culmination of ECDP is in the creation of an infrastructural platform with a commitment from key stakeholders across Europe and from which the next stages in finalising EuroCohort can begin. 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. 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. ECDP comprises a range of Work Packages that detail the specific requirements of a EuroCohort, the costs that would be involved and the policy benefits that accrue.

Project details

Unibo Team Leader: Chiara Monfardini

Unibo involved Department/s:
Dipartimento di Scienze Economiche
Dipartimento di Scienze Statistiche "Paolo Fortunati"

Manchester Metropolitan University(United Kingdom)

Other Participants:
Agencia Catalana De La Juventud (Spain)
European Social Survey European Research Infrastructure Consortium (United Kingdom)
UNIVERZITA SV CYRILA A METODA V TRNAVE-University of Ss. Cyril and Methodius in Trnava (Slovak Republic)
Universitaet Bremen (Germany)
University Of Debrecen (Hungary)
Tallinn University (Estonia)
University Of Jyvaskyla (Finland)
Panteion University Of Social And Political Sciences (Greece)
Instituto Universitario de Lisboa (ISCTE-IUL) (Portugal)
UNICEF United Nations Children's Funf Office Research -Innocenti (Italy)
University Of Essex (United Kingdom)
INSTITUT DRUSTVENIH ZNANOSTI IVO PILAR-Institute of Social Sciences Ivo Pilar (Croatia)
ALMA MATER STUDIORUM - Università di Bologna (Italy)
Westerdijk Fungal Biodiversity Institute (Netherlands)
Daugavpils Universitate (Latvia)
Ucl University College London (United Kingdom)

Total Eu Contribution: Euro (EUR) 2.048.880,00
Project Duration in months: 18
Start Date: 01/01/2018
End Date: 30/06/2019

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Good health and well-being This project contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

UE flag This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 777449