New compendium of families’ risks, resources, and resilience is live


Today we launch the rEUsilience Compendium of families’ risks, resources, and resilience which provides users with open-access data to understand the situation of families in Europe. The Compendium is an interactive resource that allows users to explore the relationships between socio-economic risks (unemployment, chronic illness, care responsibilities for young children), resources (high wage, tertiary education, high work intensity), and outcomes (at-risk-of-poverty, poverty gap, material deprivation, poor self-reported health) among families in Europe.

The intention behind this stems from the idea that resilience commonly refers to the relationship between exposure to risk and the ability to avoid negative outcomes. We argue that when the concept of resilience is applied to social issues, it should explicitly acknowledge that there are socio-economic inequalities between different families, including the extent to which families are exposed to risks, have the resources to respond to those risks, and how this results in varying socio-economic outcomes. To put this into practice, we provide this Compendium of over 2 million data points to see which families are more likely to be resilient against socio-economic risks, in which countries, and under which circumstances.

In addition, the Compendium can also be used to observe the prevalence of different family types and the state of play of 24 different social policies across Europe. All in all, this tool transforms individual survey data from EU-SILC into a practical visualisation to support researchers and policymakers in their task of supporting families.

The Compendium of families’ risks, resources, and resilience can be accessed here.

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