Information for Researchers


GUI Annual Conferences

Growing Up in Ireland held its 15th annual research conference in Dublin on November 8th 2023. The conference is an important forum for sharing new research based on the GUI datasets with policy makers, fellow researchers and other stakeholders. The date for the 2024 conference is yet to be announced but will likely be in October or November.

Details of all previous conferences (including abstracts and slides) can be accessed via the main conference page.

Report Launches

Information on all upcoming and previous Growing Up in Ireland report launches, including slides and video presentations, can be found here.


Applying for Growing Up in Ireland Data

Growing Up in Ireland datasets are made available to researchers on a confidential and anonymised basis through the Irish Social Sciences Data Archive. These files are known as Anonymised Microdata Files (AMFs).

  • For details on how to apply for data relating to Cohort ’08 (the Infant Cohort), click here.
  • For details on how to apply for data relating to Cohort ’98 (the Child Cohort), click here.

More detailed files, also on an anonymous and strictly confidential basis, may be made available to researchers at the discretion of the Central Statistics Office (CSO). These files are known as Researcher Microdata Files (RMFs). Applications are made through the CSO here.

Currently data are available for Cohort ’08 at 9 months, 3 years, 5 years, 7/8 years, 9 year and 13 years; and for the Cohort ’98 at 9, 13, 17/18 and 20 years.

Further information on how to apply for both AMFs and RMFs can be found here.

Recent Data Release

WAVE 4 COHORT ’98 (20 Years) Time Use Diary Data (Jan 2024)

This RMF file is now open to applications via the CSO ROSA system.

WAVE 6 COHORT ’08 (at 13 years) AMF and RMF DATA (Oct 2023)

The Anonymised Microdata File (AMF) and the Researcher Microdata File (RMF) from Wave 6 Cohort ’08 (at 13 years) are now available to researchers.

These datasets includes anonymised details on over 6,000 13-year-olds and their families, who were first interviewed when they were nine-months old. Wave 6 data collection for families took place in 2021. The information contained on the files can be used for statistical purposes only – to use it for any other purpose would be an offence, under the Statistics Act, 1993. The Wave 6 data can be matched by a unique ID code to the Wave 1-5 data, facilitating longitudinal analysis on the Growing Up in Ireland Cohort ’08 data.

The AMF is a publicly available anonymised dataset which provides many of the key variables from Wave 6 of Cohort ’08 and has been prepared in such a way as to protect the anonymity of all participants. Researchers wishing to access the AMF should apply to the Irish Social Science Data Archive (ISSDA) here.

The RMF is a more detailed dataset. Access to the RMF is subject to appointment of the researcher as an Officer of Statistics by the Central Statistics Office (CSO). Researchers wishing to access the RMF should apply to the CSO here.

Data Workshops

The Growing Up in Ireland research team host regular data workshops; these workshops cover a broad range of topics and aim to promote and support the use of the GUI datasets from both the Child Cohort ’98 and the Infant Cohort ’08.

Further information about GUI data workshops can be found here. 

Details of upcoming workshops will be posted on this website, as well as on our Instagram and Twitter accounts.

All enquiries regarding workshops should be addressed to

Qualitative Data

Circa 120 qualitative interviews supplemented the main survey data collection at the first waves of the Child and Infant Cohorts (ages 9 years and 9 months respectively).  Anonymised versions of these qualitative datasets are available through the Irish Qualitative Data Archive at the University of Maynooth.

Data Confidentiality

All information provided as part of Growing Up in Ireland are treated as strictly confidential.  The study is carried out under the Statistics Act (1993) – this makes it an offence to use the data for anything other than research purposes or to attempt to identify individuals.  Researchers seeking to use Growing Up in Ireland anonymised data must agree to these conditions and abide by any other conditions, such as relating to data security, as set out by the Central Statistics Office, DCEDIY, ISSDA, the GUI Study Team or related bodies.

Technical Documentation for Data Users

Documentation for data users – summary dataset guides, data dictionaries etc – are now available here.


All official Growing Up in Ireland publications can be found here.

External publications using Growing Up in Ireland data are listed here.


Questionnaires for all completed waves of Growing Up in Ireland are available to view here.  Please note that some scales are not available to view within the documentation.

Useful links for researchers

For links to other child cohort and related studies, as well as selected research institutes and networks related to research on children and young people, please click here.

To find out more about the history and impact of Growing Up in Ireland please find here a presentation by the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth.

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