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Growing Up in Ireland Infant Cohort Data Archived

Growing Up in Ireland would like to announce that the Anonymised Microdata File (AMF) from Wave 1 of the Infant Cohort (at 9 months) is now available from the Irish Social Science Data Archive (ISSDA)

This initial dataset includes anonymised details on 11,000 nine-month-old infants born between 1st December 2007 and the 30th June 2008, along with those of their parents/guardians. Data collection for this group took place between September 2008 and April 2009.

The Anonymised Microdata File (AMF) provides many of the key variables from Wave 1 of the Infant Cohort and has been prepared in such a way as to protect the anonymity of all participants. The datafile is accompanied by a set of documents describing the data, their structure and content. 

Accessing the Data
Potential users wishing to access the anonymised data should apply to the Irish Social Science Data Archive (ISSDA) at The information contained on the file can be used for statistical purposes only – to use it for any other purpose would be an offence, under the Statistics Act, 1993.

Data Workshops
The first in a series of Data Workshops to promote and support the use of the data will be held on the provisional date of Tuesday June 14th 2011 from 10am to 1pm at the offices of the Economic and Social Research Institute in Dublin. Training will cover a range of topics and is designed to give a comprehensive overview of the conduct of the study, the data themselves and supporting documentation. Researchers who have previously attended a data workshop on the Child Cohort dataset should note that this upcoming workshop will cover much of the same content.

Those interested in attending a Growing Up in Ireland Data Workshop should contact Subsequent workshops will be scheduled in response to demand.  Places on each workshop will be strictly limited and allocated on a ‘first-come first-served’ basis. 

About Growing Up in Ireland
Growing Up in Ireland
is a Government study, funded by the  Department of Children and Youth Affairs, who is overseeing and managing the study, in association with Central Statistics Office. This being carried out by a consortium of researchers led by the Economic & Social Research Institute (ESRI) and Trinity College Dublin

The Irish Social Science Data Archive (ISSDA) is located in University College, Dublin. It holds a range of data from surveys and official statistics (such as the Census) and makes them readily available to users in the academic, public and commercial sectors.  More details on ISSDA are available at