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The special issue of Children and Youth Services Review Journal
The special issue of Children and Youth Services Review Journal "Children's Well-being around the world: Findings from the Children's Worlds second wave survey" with 18 new papers is now available! For the full list of articles and a link to the on-line special issue click here.
The third wave of the survey
The third wave of the survey is underway! More than 40 countries are taking part in the third wave. For the full list of countries participating in the survey and for the details of the researchers click here
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The current phase

The third wave

 

The current wave of the survey is funded by the Jacobs Foundation. So far more than 40 countries joined the third wave of the survey:

 

Albania | Algeria | Argentina | Azerbaijan | Bangladesh Belgium | Chile | Croatia | Estonia | Finland | France | Germany | Greece | Hong Kong | India | Indonesia | Israel | Ireland | Italy | Ivory_Coast | Kyrgyzstan | Malaysia | Malta | Namibia | Nepal | Norway | Peru |Poland | Portugal | Romania | Russia | Spain | Serbia | Sri Lanka | Switzerland | South | Africa | South Korea | Taiwan | Turkey | UK | USA | Vietnam and Wales |.  

 

For the full list of the teams click here

 

Each participating country will survey a large scale representative sample of at least 1,000 children in

each of three school year groups – around the ages of 8, 10 and 12.

 
The third wave will extend from 2016 to 2019, for the full time line click here.

 

Phase one: Preparation of the survey

 

2016 and 2017 are devoted to the preparation of the survey.

 

There are three aspects of preparation for the survey in each country: translation and piloting of questionnaires; developing a sampling strategy; and gaining ethical approval.

 

Translating the questionnaires

As a first step a deep translation of the questionnaires into the spoken language/s in each country, with careful attention to the culture and context of the country and children is being done. As a second step the translated questionnaires are translated back into English (back-translation). 

 

Piloting with children

The questionnaires are tested with the children in the cultural context it will be used. This involves testing with children in all three age groups for the survey in order to ensure that the questions are clear and easy to understand and culturally and ethically appropriate. Pilot are been done through cognitive testing with individual children, or by conducting focus groups with children.

 

Sampling strategy

Each participant country designs a sampling strategy. The aim of the survey is to achieve, in each participating country, a representative sample of at least 1,000 children in each school year and/or age group included in the survey. The sampling strategy is review and approved by the sample-committee - a panel of sampling experts who review all sampling strategies and provide feedback and support to national research teams.

 

Ethics

It is a requirement of participation in the project that the ethical approach receives approval from an appropriate ethics board within the country. This includes: parental consent; children consent (Irrespective of whether parental consent is sought, it is essential that children also are provided with a genuine choice as to whether they take part in the survey); Privacy, confidentiality and anonymity.

 

Phase 2: Conducting the survey

Data collection will start at 2017.

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