The DataCare Project was launched by Eurochild with support from UNICEF in March 2020. The project aims to carry out a comprehensive mapping of child protection data systems across the 27 Member States of the European Union (EU) and the UK.

In addition to providing an overview of the situation of children in alternative care in Europe, this project aims to inform EU efforts to agree comparable benchmarks and indicators to monitor progress in child protection reforms across Europe. The DataCare project seeks to seize the opportunity created by the European Child Guarantee and the eagerness of the EU to better monitor progress towards deinstitutionalisation by providing evidence of comparable benchmarks and indicators and developing the case for these at EU and Member State level.

The DataCare Research
The research of the DataCare Project is supported by a Research Advisory Group and involves collaboration with national experts who are mapping child protection data systems in each country of the study. The DataCare Research Team, consisting of Maria Herczog, Florence Koenderink, Anja Teltschik and Ciaran O’Donnell, coordinates and analyses the mapping. Gaspar Fajth, as Senior Research Coordinator from March 2020-March 2021, coordinated the development of the research methodology and the first phase of analysis of country-level data.

Research Advisory Group
Maria Herczog, Chair, Chief Scientific Advisor
Florence Koenderink, Family Based Solutions, Technical Advisor and Editor
Anja Teltschik, Monitoring & Evaluation Specialist - Child Protection, UNICEF Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia
Aaron Greenburg, Senior Regional Advisor for Europe and Central Asia, Child Protection, UNICEF Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia
Sérgio Hugo Costa Araújo, Independent Researcher
Astrid Podsiadlowski, European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA)
Judith Harwin, University of Lancaster
Harriet Ward, University of Oxford
Cecilia MacIntyre and Louise Scott, Directorate for Education Analytical Services, Scottish Government
Dominic Richardson, UNICEF Innocenti
Lacy Dicharry, the International Foster Care Organisation (IFCO)

National Correspondents
Our ‘National Correspondents’ are already working in research in the area of child protection reform and data collection analysis across the EU and the UK. They are well-versed with data collection, policy and legislation relevant to alternative care for children in their respective countries. In some cases, they already possess established relationships with national and/or local authorities responsible for alternative care and national statistical agencies.

See the full list of correspondents and research advisory group

Additional Resources

Take a look at the Logic Model

Interim Findings: How the EU can better monitor deinstitutionalisation progress

DataCare Research Protocol

DataCare National Template