COhort cOmmunity Research and Development Infrastructure Network for Access Throughout Europe


The aspiration to secure the wellbeing of children and young people is explicit in Grand Challenges such as the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. The EU has similarly highlighted the importance of securing the future of children and young people. It has become accepted that inequalities must be thought of longitudinally and not regarded as static events unrelated to prior events and future likelihoods. Policy makers must ensure that they base their policy interventions and adjustments on the best evidence available and this must include, inter alia, cohort survey data.


The COORDINATE project is the next phase of the GUIDE project funded by the Horizon 2020 programme and brings together 22 partners from 14 countries who will work together to improve access to data about children’s well-being. 


COORDINATE aims to fill the serious and extensive gaps in the availability of robust and suitable data for the monitoring and evaluation of child wellbeing in Europe by

  • Facilitating improved access to existing survey data on child wellbeing and ensuring that high-quality survey data will inform policies that directly affect children’s lives.
  • Initiating a community of researchers working to enhance child wellbeing and to extend the Growing Up in Digital Europe (GUIDE/Eurocohort) survey network.
  • Beginning the first-ever Europe-wide birth cohort pilot survey to track children’s wellbeing as they grow up using a harmonized instrument and research design in key European countries.


RECSM researcher will contribute to the goals of COORDINATE by

  1. participating in the design of the ex-ante harmonized pilot survey to ensure the best quality and comparability of its measurement instruments, and
  2. supporting the development of the network to help deepen the knowledge and capacity for the use of international birth cohort panel survey data and build the expertise and operational capacity required for implementing the GUIDE survey in Europe.


Team at RECSM: Diana Zavala-Rojas (PI), Hannah SchwarzMariano Torcal


Find the official COORDINATE website here:

Find the official GUIDE/Eurocohort website here: and a short summary here:

See here an animation on the importance of a Europe wide birth cohort survey: