Launch of the Centre for Longitudinal Studies in Ireland

Event Type
ESRI and Trinity College
Science Gallery, Naughton Institute, Trinity College, Dublin 2

The Centre for Longitudinal Studies in Ireland, a joint venture between  ESRI and Trinity College, will be launched by the President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins at 4.30pm on 4th April 2012. This will be followed by the inaugural lecture by Prof. James Banks, University of Manchester on:

“Improving Knowledge and Policy: The Importance of Longitudinal Analysis”

Background: Like many other developed countries, Ireland has invested heavily in recent years in the collection of social science data in the hope of answering important social and economic questions. Since 2007, two landmark studies have been initiated which will provide unprecedented levels of detail on the lives of Irish people. Growing Up in Ireland (GUI) is following close to 20,000 children from two cohorts of children (one from nine months and the second from nine years) whilst The Irish Longitudinal Study of Ageing (TILDA) is following over 8,000 individuals aged 50+. As well as these two ground-breaking projects, longitudinal data from smaller studies are also coming on stream. The unifying feature of all these surveys is the extent to which they are recording information on the same groups of respondents over their life course. Individually and together, these studies represent the largest social survey investment in the history of the state and will provide invaluable data for understanding social change and improving Irish public policy in the years to come.

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