New website launched - Children's Worlds: International Survey of Children's Well-Being (ISCWEB)
Children’s Worlds is a world-wide research survey on children’s subjective well-being carried out by the Jacobs Foundation in co-operation with a group of renowned international child well-being experts including Prof. Dr. Ferran Casas from the Childwatch KI, the Research Institute on Quality of Life, University of Girona, Spain.
The survey was developed by the International Society of Child Indicators (ISCI) a group of international child researchers who proposed the study and designed the survey questionnaire. The study is funded and facilitated by the Jacobs Foundation which promotes child and youth development worldwide. The initial phase of the process was also supported and facilitated by experts from OECD, UNICEF and World Vision.
The purpose of the study is to collect data on children’s lives, their daily activities and time use and, above all, on their own perception of their well-being. The ultimate purpose of the study is to improve children’s well-being and their participation in affairs that concern them. This is to be achieved by informing opinion leaders, decision makers, professionals and the general public and by influencing policies and services that affect children.
The original survey is in English and Spanish, but it is intended to be translated and used in other languages as well. It is envisaged to apply the survey in a good number of countries and cultural settings so as to give a fair reflection of children’s well-being and life situations around the world.
In order to carry out the survey in as many countries as possible, competent researchers and/or policy makers are more than welcome to join the project and conduct the survey in their countries, subject to compliance with the conditions of the project. They should identify themselves and express their desire for participating in the study. If accepted by the Children's Worlds team, they may then translate the questionnaire into their respective vernacular languages, carry out the survey, interpret its results according to the specific context, and share the results with the international group of researchers for the purpose of an overall global analysis.
Explore the new website here