WP5 Governance

Lead beneficiary: University of Jyväskylä (Finland), Tallinn University (Estonia)

Work Package 5 develops the legal, management, scientific and operational infrastructure required to coordinate EuroCohort. The criteria for selecting the location of the coordinating hub of EuroCohort are defined. It is important to establish the organisational and scientific capacities required for each national team in order to fully specify the requirements for participation in EuroCohort.


T5.1. Finalise the criteria which underpins the requirements for siting the EuroCohort hub in a single institution.

T5.2. Dialogue with national funding agencies on their strategies for supporting the collection of longitudinal survey data to support child well-being policy making.

T5.3. Determine the governance and management structures that are required to ensure that EuroCohort will be able to undertake its work over the life of the cohort data collection.

T5.4. Draft the legal framework required to regulate Consortium participants of EuroCohort.

T5.5. Draft the terms of reference for the scientific working groups: Sampling, questionnaire design, fieldwork, data access, communications.

Summary of WP5

The aim of the WP5 Governance was to develop a governance and management structure for the EuroCohort participants with the associated legal framework. Moreover, our task was to define the criteria and the selection process for selecting an organisation as the hub for EuroCohort and to draw up the Terms of Reference for the Expert Working Groups and for the Quality Strategy Committee. The last objective was to draw up a summary of national strategies for longitudinal survey data collection.

To reach the aim, we firstly analysed the governance and management structures of several running surveys (The European Social Survey, ESS ERIC; The Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe, SHARE-ERIC; Generations and Gender Programme, GGP, National Educational Panel Study, NEPS). Based on this analysis, we developed a governance structure for the EuroCohort with associated Statutes. Moreover, we also drafted the Terms of Reference for the Expert Working Groups (Instrument Design Working Group, Sampling Working Group, Fieldwork Working Group, Data Management Working Group, Ethics and Privacy Working Group, Communications Working Group, and the Quality Strategy Committee). Also the decision making process and criteria to select a hub organisation for the EuroCohort were defined. Lastly, an analysis was conducted to summarize the national strategies for longitudinal data collection focussing on child and young people`s well-being.

Our work confirmed the belief that EuroCohort requires a robust governance and management structure with associated legal framework. However, as the EuroCohort is a longitudinal study, these governance arrangements may need to be changed over time.