European priority research infrastructure at RECSM
The first international study of birth cohorts considered a priority research infrastructure in Europe
In November 2020, the Research and Expertise Centre for Survey Methodology (RECSM-UPF) obtained funding to join the European project COORDINATE (2021-2025), under the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 programme. One of the project’s main objectives is to expand the Growing Up in Digital Europe-EuroCohort (GUIDE) network of surveys, the first international study of birth cohorts (which also involves RECSM) and launch it, through a harmonized research design.
The COORDINATE project is the next phase of the GUIDE project funded by the Horizon 2020 programme and brings together 19 partners from 14 countries who will initiate the community of researchers and organizations that will drive forwards the coordinated development of comparative birth cohort panel survey research in Europe.
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
- extending the Growing Up in Digital Europe (GUIDE/Eurocohort) survey network
- initiating the GUIDE survey with a large-scale cohort pilot survey using a harmonized instrument and research design in key European countries
Mariano Torcal, RECSM director, states that "we at RECSM are pleased and honoured to contribute to this goal with our experience” and Wiebke Weber, principal investigator of the GUIDE project at RECSM-UPF, says that “the inclusion of GUIDE in the ESFRI 2021 roadmap implies that research on child well-being in a longitudinal and comparative perspective is being given the importance it deserves”. The researcher adds that “at RECSM, we aim to contribute to the success of the project with our expertise in survey research, but also by bringing together relevant actors in Spain to obtain the best results and promote excellent science”.