We are pleased to make a call for submissions for this issue of the Children’s Research Digest on the theme of “Archiving Evaluation Data”. With increasing emphasis on programme, service and process evaluations, immense amounts of rich evaluation data are now being produced. To optimise the value of this data and to extend the learning from evaluation studies, more and more people, organisations and institutions are starting to archive their data in order to optimise its use and encourage other researchers to conduct secondary analysis. This is a hugely worthwhile endeavour but is not without risks and considerations. In this volume of the Children’s Research Digest, we invite articles and research summaries / commentaries on benefits and issues relating to archiving evaluation data that includes data on children, young people and families. 

This special edition of the Digest will be published in late 2017 to coincide with the Prevention and Early Intervention (PEI) Research Initiative which is an ongoing archiving project at the Children's Research Network. The PEI Research Initiative is funded by The Atlantic Philanthropies with the aim of adding further value to Atlantic’s investment into 52 Prevention and Early Intervention programmes in Ireland and Northern Ireland between 2004 and 2015. The central objective of the PEI Research Initiative is to make preservation versions of evaluation research data accessible for further use, via the national data archives (ISSDA, IQDA and UKDA). Additional dissemination activities from the PEI Research Initiative include capacity building in prevention and early intervention, evaluation and data re-use. This special issue of the Digest will contribute a valuable and timely publication on the processes, motivations and risks of archiving of evaluation data.

Submissions may address, but are not confined to, the following areas:

  • Practical aspects of archiving evaluation data
  • Ethical dilemmas in archiving evaluation data
  • Planning for archiving
  • Retrospective consent
  • Data cleaning
  • Managing missing data
  • Archiving of qualitative data
  • Archiving of quantitative data
  • Motivations for and risks associated with archiving

Authors must submit their paper electronically for consideration along with the attached submission form to crn@effectiveservices.org. The deadline for submission is October 13th 2017. Late submissions will not be accepted. For further information on any aspect of the submission process, please send an e-mail to the above address.