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Measuring Youth Well-Being (MYWeB)


The Measuring Youth Well-Being (MYWeB) study is a €1.5 million European Commission-funded project, co-ordinated by Manchester Metropolitan University and involving 13 partner organisations in 11 EU countries, of which ISER is one. It is important that healthy emotional, physical and psychological life-styles should start from an early age. However, very little European comparative social and educational research is being done in order to ascertain what are the best policies and approaches to effectively promote the well-being of children and young people. Research into care, education, leisure and the well-being of children and young people is needed, although it involves significant methodological challenges.

Project aims

The aim of MYWeB is to assess the desirability and feasibility of setting up a Europe-wide longitudinal study of the well-being of children and young people. MYWeB will scope the development of an ambitious survey, which would capture the full picture of the growing-up process possibly from birth to the end of a child’s education – including aspects related to the transition to work and parenthood. The objective is to balance scientific and policy imperatives and to find solutions that are methodologically robust, technically feasible and value for money. Key elements of MYWeB include:

  • reviewing current, relevant policy objectives that could be better informed by a European Longitudinal Study for Children and Young People (ELSCYP);
  • assessing potential data collection methods;
  • developing design options for the ELSCYP;
  • identifying a preferred option, based on technical, political and financial considerations;
  • Field-testing aspects of the preferred design;
  • Presenting a case for funding and management of the preferred design.


The researchers will engage with a wide range of stakeholders including policy makers at a European, Member State and regional level to ensure that the project outcomes take into account the broadest range of policy makers. Children and young people are integrated into the project plan to contribute to the operationalisation of notions of well-being as well as in understanding the best modes of conducting an ELSCYP. Draft survey questionnaires will be developed for different age groups of children and young people and for parents/carers and relevant professionals (e.g. teachers, health practitioners). These will be tested in several countries and the findings will inform the final proposed survey design.

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Team members

Ms Mirela Crljen

Head of Financial Department - Institut Drustvenih Zhanosti Ivo Pilar, Croatia

Professor Mariona Ferrer-Fons

Department of Political and Social Sciences - Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Spain

Professor Maria Iacouvou

Director of Social Science Research Methods Centre - University of Cambridge

Professor Alexandra Koronaiou

Professor of Sociology - Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences, Greece

Professor Peter Lynn

Professor of Survey Methodology – Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER) - ISER - University of Essex

Peter is Professor of Survey Methodology at ISER and President-Elect of the International Association of Survey Statisticians. His research interests include sampling, weighting and estimation methods, non-response and response maximisation techniques, mode effects and measurement errors and frameworks and standards for survey quality.

Professor Ladislav Macháček (until January 2015)

Professor, Vice-Dean for Science and Research, Faculty of Social Sciences/Dept. of Political - Univerzita sv Cyrila a Metoda v Trnave, Slovakia

Dr Istvan Muranyi

Associate Professor - Sociology and Social Policy Department - Debreceni Egyetem, Hungary

Professor Gary Pollock

Head of Sociology Department - Manchester Metropolitan University

Professor Anita Stasulane

Professor - Faculty of Humanities - Daugavpils Universitate, Latvia

Mr Marti Taru

Researcher, Institute of International and Social Studies - Tallinn University, Estonia

Dr Jochen Tholen

Researcher Director - Institute of Labour and Economy - Universitaet Bremen, Germany

Dr Tinatin Zurabishvili

Research Director, CRRC-Georgia - EURASIA Partnership Foundation, Georgia

Professor Nuno de Almeida Alves

Assistant Professor, Department of Social Research Methods - Instituto Universitario de Lisboa, Portugal

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