Families and children

Joint OECD consultation on Child Well-being 2011


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UNICEF IRC / OECD / The Learning for Well-being Consortium /  European Commission
Child Well-being Expert Consultation, November 2011

Wednesday 2 Nov -  Thursday 3 Nov - Logistics


UNICEF IRC, the OECD, the Learning for Well-being Consortium and the European Commission are co-organising a second expert consultation to discuss issues related to on-going cross-national research on child indicators and well-being. The purpose of the conference is to share recent developments in the field, and to discuss in greater detail age-related data and research needed to inform policies for improving children’s well-being. The consultation will be made up of eight sessions, presented over two days, and culminate in recommendations for age-related indicators and research. Expert participants are invited to freely contribute experience, opinion and evidence to each discussion in regard to conceptual and methodological issues of indicating levels of child well-being across countries.


For a full description of the purpose and agenda of the consultation,
please see: PDF 

Rapporteur: Dominic Richardson

Final list of participants and biographies


Following up on Doing Better for Children (Anglais) / Assurer le bien-être des enfants (Français), the OECD released a second publication, Doing Better for Families (Anglais) / Assurer le bien-être des familles (Français), in April 2011 which looks at policies aimed to support families with children.


New: Wikichild and other related child well-being websites


Consultation Agenda


Day 1 - Room CC2


09:00 to 09:45

Introductory session: A new economic, social and political context for child policies?
Welcoming messages:
John Martin, Director for Employment, Labour and Social Affairs, OECD
Daniel Kropf, Chair of The Learning for Well-being Consortium in Europe
Isabelle Maquet, Deputy Head of Unit Social Analysis, European Commission
Gordon Alexander, Director of UNICEF Office of Research
Presenters: Gerlinde Verbist (University of Antwerp), Lina Salanauskaite (Maastricht University) [paper] [presentation] and Gordon Alexander (Unicef IRC)

09:45 to 11:15

Session 1: Why do some countries fare so well in international comparisons of child outcomes? And how portable are their methods?
Moderator: Peter Adamson
Chris De Neubourg (Unicef IRC) [paper1] [paper2] [presentation]
Markus Jantti (Swedish Institute for Social Research)
Lára Björnsdóttir (Ministry of Welfare, Iceland) [paper1] [paper2] [presentation]

11:15 to 11:45


11:45 to 13:00

Session 2: Prioritising child well-being in policy through Learning for Well-being.
Moderator: Roberto Carneiro


Roberto Carneiro (Universidade Católica Portuguesa) [paper]

Linda O'Toole (Universal Education Foundation) [presentation]
Simon Wilson (Policy Expert / Eurochild)
Daniel Kropf (Universal Education Foundation)

13:00 to 14:30


14:30 to 15:30

Session 3: Informing policy with available data: Evaluating surveys and building knowledge.
Moderator:  Angela Hariche (OECD)
Presenter: Dominic Richardson (OECD) [presentation]

15:30 to 16:00


16:00 to 18:00

Session 4: New international data collection initiatives.
Moderator:  Jonathan Bradshaw (University of York)
Nabil Ali (OECD) - The OECD’s Child well-being module: a database of existing cross-national statistics, gaps and relevant national sources of data; [presentation]
Attila Hancioglu (UNICEF) - Multiple Indicator Cluster Surveys and Inclusion of New Modules; [presentation]
Anne-Catherine Guio (CEPS/INSTEAD) - Findings from the 2009 EU-SILC special module on children’s material deprivation; [paper]
Laura Lippman (Child Trends US) - The “Learning for Well-being” conceptual framework as a basis for survey and assessment tools; [paper 1] and [paper 2] [presentation]
Asher Ben-Arieh (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem)- The recent pilots of a new cross-national survey “IscWeb” of children’s lives and times use at ages 8, 10 and 12. [presentation]

Siraj Mahmudlu (Unicef) TRANSMONEE - an information system to support evidence based policies for children [paper]

18:00 to 20:00



Day 2 - Room CC2

09:00 to 10:30

Session 5: Work on childhood and policies in the early years: data and analysis.
Moderator: Lawrence Berger (University of Wisconsin)
Sharon Goldfeld (Royal Children’s Hospital and the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute, Australia) [paper1] [paper2] [paper3] [presentation]
Maria Huerta (OECD) [paper] [presentation]

Anaïs Loizillon and Yoshie Kaga (UNESCO) [paper] [presentation]

10:30 to 11:00


11:00 to 12:30

Session 6: Work on childhood and policies in middle childhood: data and analysis.
Moderator:  Francesca Borgonovi (OECD)

Sabine Andersen (University of Frankfurt) [paper] [presentation]
Marion Devaux (OECD) [paper] [presentation]
Tess Ridge (University of Bath) [paper] [presentation]

 12:30 to 14:00


Day 2 - Room CC4


14:00 to 15:30

Session 7: Work on late childhood and youth policies: data and analysis.
Moderator: Maria Herczog (Eurochild)
Ferran Casas (University of Girona) [paper] [presentation]
Candace Currie (University of Edinburgh) [presentation]
Anne Sonnet (OECD) [paper] [presentation]

Jean Anne Kennedy (Learning for Well-being Youth Movement) [presentation]

15:30 to 16:00


16:00 to 18:00

Session 8: Meeting summary – next steps Innovation in policies for children.
Moderator: Willem Adema (OECD)




National Statistics on Child Well-being




United Kingdom




Practical information for visitors (Anglais) / (Français)


List of hotels (Anglais) / hôtels (Français) near the OECD and address.


If you wish to find out more about this meeting, please contact

Ms. Maria del Carmen Huerta, tel: 33 (0) 1 45 24 91 90, email: [email protected]

Mr. Dominic Richardson, tel: 33 (0) 1 45 24 94 56, email: [email protected]


(Credit: photos #1 David Jonathan Gonzalez-Villascan; photo #2 & #3: © Thinkstock)