Ungdata is a cross-national data collection scheme, designed to conduct youth surveys at the municipal level in Norway. NOVA administers the national database which is used as a basis for many research projects.
Ungdata is regarded as the most comprehensive source of information on adolescent health and well-being at the municipal and national levels. It is among other things used in municipal planning and developmental work related to public health and preventive measures aimed at young people.
Ungdata cover various aspects of young people's lives, e.g. relationship with parents and friends, leisure activities, health issues, local environment, well-being, and school issues. The surveys also include questions about tobacco and drug use, and participation in various forms of antisocial behavior such as violence and bullying.
NOVA is responsible for the national coordination of the project, while the regional Drug and Alcohol Competence Centers are responsible for conducting the municipal surveys. Norwegian Directorate of Health, Ministry of Children, Equality and Social Inclusion, Ministry of Justice and Public Security and Ministry of Education and Research has supported the development of Ungdata financially. From 2015, Ungdata is financed through the national budget.
Several of the regional Drug and Alcohol Competence Centers, NOVA and Ungforsk (Program for Youth Research) has a long history of carrying out local and municipal youth surveys. One problem, however, has been that the institutions have used questionnaires that have varied from study to study. One consequence of this is a limited opportunity to compare across the different surveys. This reduces the value of the data both when it comes to the opportunity to make municipal comparisons and concerning the possibility for generating national data.
Many municipalities desire better knowledge about adolescence health and well-being, and want to use knowledge in planning and decision processes. With better coordination of the data collection in youth surveys, the usefulness and quality of the data increase, both for local users and for research purposes.
The Ungdata material is collected online during school hours. The questionnaire has a fixed part, which is similar in all surveys. In addition, the form contains a number of elective questions that municipalities can choose based on interest and need.
NOVA administers a national database which contains all conducted surveys, and which is much used in research by NOVA's researchers as well as others.
The overall objectives of the Ungdata research aim to contribute to the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals within 1) no poverty, 3) good health and well-being, 4) quality education, 5) gender equality, 9) industry, innovation and infrastructure, 10) reduced inequality, 11) sustainable cities and communities, 16) peace, justice and strong institutions, and 17) partnership for the goals.