Specific researchers from the EOF Advisory Board are responsible for organising the methodology or data collection under two thematic groups: data collection (mainly quantitative research) and prevention (mainly qualitative research). The data collection group is coordinated by Monika Schröttle with support from Ksenia Meshkova, and the prevention group by Maria José Magalhães.

The EOF operates through the setting up and supporting of Europe-wide country research groups that act as focal points for the collection, joint analysis and dissemination of data. This is coordinated through the work of the two thematic groups.

Funding is sought to enable these activities.

Partnerships and agreements are negotiated with existing organisations working on European/global data collection and comparability, as well as other organisations in the field.