New data available for Young Lives: an International Study of Childhood Poverty
Article dated: 1 August 2018
Round 5 of the Young Lives study is now available. This study, core-funded by UK aid from the Department for International Development, is an innovative long-term project that has investigated the changing nature of childhood poverty in four developing countries – Ethiopia, India (in the states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana), Peru and Vietnam – since 2002.
The project seeks to inform the development of future policy and to target child welfare interventions more effectively, through an improved understanding of the causes and consequences of childhood poverty and an examination of how policies affect children's well-being.
This longitudinal study enables long-term comparisons by tracking the lives of 12,000 children over a 15-year period, surveyed once every three to four years:
As a result, the younger children are being tracked from infancy to their mid-teens and the older children through into adulthood, when some will become parents themselves.
These data have proved extremely popular, with over 7750 downloads since 2006 by users spanning six continents. Professor Jere Behrman, University of Pennsylvania highlighted the importance of this longitudinal study which enables long-term comparisons:
‘The Young Lives data, with rich comparable longitudinal information across four developing countries on individual children, their families and the communities in which they live, is unique… The many strengths of the Young Lives data include a prospective design with longitudinal follow ups, extensive multi-dimensional data, rich community information that permit investigating causal relations, low attrition rates and the use of common instruments and research methods in Asia, Africa and Latin America.’
The Young Lives team highlighted the following key findings:
For related findings and to data visualisations, visit www.younglives.org.uk.
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