Young Lives Methods Guide

Young Lives is the first multi-disciplinary longitudinal study of childhood poverty to be carried out in more than one developing country.  We have invested much time and effort into developing our methods and approaches. These include our research tools, such as the questionnaires for the household and child surveys and participatory methods used for in-depth case study research, as well as practical approaches to areas such as the ethics of working with children or communicating our research findings.

Drawing on the practical experiences of our research teams, this Methods Guide aims to document and share some of the lessons we have learned along the way. It provides an overview of how the Young Lives research has been carried out. It gives readers an insight into the diverse methods and processes that are used to carry out a complex longitudinal study made up of many different components. It offers lessons on building and managing research partnerships, designing and carrying out multidisciplinary research, managing and analysing data, and using research to influence policy.

Overview papers

What Can Longitudinal Research Tell Us About Children's Life-chances?
What Can Comparative Country Research Tell Us About Child Poverty?

Methods Guide contents

Young Lives: Study overview
Building and Managing Partnerships
Research Ethics
The Longitudinal Survey
The Qualitative Longitudinal Research Component
The Schools Component
The Oak Foundation Sub-study on Risk, Vulnerability and Resilience
Piloting: Testing instruments and training field teams
Planning and Managing Fieldwork
Cohort Maintenance: Tracking and attrition
Data Management: Cleaning, storage and archiving
Introducing Computer-assisted Personal Interviewing
Methods for Analysis
Communications Processes and Planning
Engaging with Policy and Practice on Child Poverty

Survey Design and Sampling Fact sheets

Ethiopia Survey Design and Sampling
India Survey Design and Sampling
Peru Survey Design and Sampling
Vietnam Survey Design and Sampling

Toolkits from other research organisations



Methodology Papers

Our Technical Note series covers sampling, attrition, selection of research tools, piloting and research design, and background literature reviews.

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