Understanding the Potential Policy Impact of a European Longitudinal Survey for Children and Young People

  • Chris O’Leary
  • Chris Fox
Part of the Children’s Well-Being: Indicators and Research book series (CHIR, volume 19)


This chapter examines the potential policy benefits - the use, effect and cost-effectiveness - of a European Longitudinal Survey for Children and Young People (ELSCYP). In order to identify and estimate such benefits, it is necessary to demonstrate: firstly, that such data are/would be used by policy makers in the policy process; secondly, to identify what policy change has occurred or is likely to occur; thirdly, to attribute any policy change to the use of these data; and, finally, to estimate the impact of any such attributable policy change. Such analyses requires an understanding of how social policy is made, and at which points in this process research and data from an ELSCYP might be used. It also requires an understanding of the different forms in which research and data might influence the policy process. In this chapter, we set out a broad theoretical understanding of the policy process and of knowledge mobilisation in the policy process. Drawing on findings from MYWeB and wider research, we suggest that longitudinal survey data are useful to, and used by, policy makers; that policy makers, academics and practitioners believe that such a survey would be useful and would improve the quality and efficiency of public expenditure on well-being. Finally, we find that the costs of the ELSCYP would be a small fraction of the overall expenditure in child well-being services, suggesting that very small increases in the cost-effectiveness of such programmes and services would be necessary for the investment in the survey to be worthwhile.


Policy impact of longitudinal surveys Evidence-based policy making Policy impact Measuring policy impact European well-being policy 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Policy Evaluation and Research UnitManchester Metropolitan UniversityManchesterUK

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