WP2 Concepts, measures and analysis requirements

Lead beneficiary: The University of Bremen (Germany), The University of Debrecen (Hungary)

Work Package 2 establishes the key concepts to be covered by the EuroCohort survey. The statistical analysis of the concepts ensures that attention is given to the needs of longitudinal data collection. Additionally, a framework for standard statistical analyses covering the main outcomes from a cross-European cohort survey, both in terms of comparative and longitudinal findings will be developed. Eventually, a scoring exercise will be undertaken with the participation of the full Consortium to measure the relative importance of each set of concepts.

Summary of WP2

The overall aim of work package 2 was to provide a basic list of measurement instruments that could be included in the operationalization of EuroCohort. These measurements were linked to political concepts in order to reflect current policy developments that can be informed by EuroCohort. Thus, WP2 comprised of sub- tasks covering a collection of measurement instruments and (currently) most important political action fields. Additionally, statistical analytical models and qualitative approaches used in the context of child and youth well-being studies were collected. As a result, a table was presented that combined political concepts, measurement and analytical concepts. This was used to undertake a prioritization procedure. By completing these tasks WP2 provides suggestions for the development of the survey design carried out WP8.

The results of the four subtasks show that there is no topic standing out: all domains and measurement tools considered as well as policies do have an eligibility to have a connection to child and youth well-being. This result confirms that the well-being of children and young people is a multidimensional construct, which is not easy to measure. However, WP2 results suggest where to focus more intensively when designing survey instruments for EuroCohort. Moreover, WP2 results emphasise the importance of subjective measurements as they should lead to more in-depth view as well as enable including the perspective of children and young people. This is not only important for the survey design, but also for WP6 “Engagement with children, young people and families”.