For 30 years HBSC has been a pioneer cross-national study gaining insight into young people's well-being, health behaviours and their social context. This research collaboration with the WHO Regional Office for Europe is conducted every four years in 43 countries and regions across Europe and North America. With adolescents making about one sixth of the world's population, HBSC uses its findings to inform policy and practice to improve the lives of millions of young people. [more]
HBSC's Terms of Reference (ToR) sets out the aims and objectives of the study and to provide a clear set of principles, rights and responsibilities. Operational procedures for the activities of network members, study partners, and the production of collaborative work from the study are also described .
This shortened, public ToR serves as a useful example to other international studies of the rules of engagement of the HBSC international research network. It is also intended to show how decisions are made through democratic procedures. By sharing this information, stakeholders may gain insight and understanding about how the challenges of managing such an international research enterprise are met and how barriers to cooperation may be overcome. The ToR will also enable understanding of specific procedures of interest such as rules of publication and data access for those wishing to work with HBSC data.
[31-10-2014 to 15-12-2014]