BtN Partnership

Our research partnership with Behind the News, ABC's children's current affairs program enables us to access and analyse data collected by their program on their behalf. We involve experts from our Children's Lives Research Initiative research team and across the University of Melbourne to help use the data collected by BTN team to inform research findings and policy.

  • Happiness Survey

    In September 2017, 46,974 kids responded to the second Behind the News (BTN) Kids’ Happiness Survey – making it the biggest survey of youth mental health and wellbeing in Australian history.

    The BTN Kids’ Happiness Survey was conducted online by Behind the News, and this year’s results were released to coincide with World Mental Health Day.

    More detailed data analyses are currently underway.

    Happiness Survey Media Release

  • Technology Survey

    In September 2016, Behind the News conducted the Technology Survey via an online poll. Questions included understanding how many hours per day children spend using technology, the type of device used and what they mostly do on their favourite device.

If you are interested in aligning the data with your own research please contact We are keen to draw on expertise from across the University of Melbourne. Please read through the data sharing protocol below beforehand.

Data Sharing Protocol