This report presents an initial analysis of some of the qualitative data collected in four of the 20 Young Lives sites in Peru between August and December 2007. Data collection was carried out with both cohorts of Young Lives children (the Younger Cohort are aged 5/6 and the Older Cohort are aged 11/13), as well as their caregivers, teachers, community representatives and other children. The sub-sample includes 51 children.
The qualitative research entailed a mix of methods to generate data on the themes of transitions, well-being and services, including individual interviews with children, caregivers and teachers, and group interviews with children (both cohorts), as well as with adults in the community. Creative methods such as drawing and neighbourhood walks with the children were used as a basis for discussion of key research themes. Semi-structured observations of homes, schools and community settings provided the context for analysing and understanding the data.
Young Lives, Department of International Development at the University of Oxford, UK, 36 pp.