The Evaluation Through Follow-up (ETF) is a large cohort-sequential database which is used for evaluation and research about schools and education in Sweden.
The research infrastructure ETF stands for "Evaluation Through Follow-up" and is one of the largest research databases in Sweden in the field of education. ETF is part of the national evaluation of the school system, but ETF's data are also used in social science and social research in a broad sense. The database contains nationally representative samples of students from ten cohorts, born between 1948 and 2004. The special thing about ETF is the longitudinal design where individuals from these cohorts are followed through the education system. The design makes it possible to both follow students through the education system and to compare cohorts from different times. The database is a collection of information from surveys and tests. In addition, school administrative data such as school, class, study choices and grades are incorporated in the database.