This report presents initial analysis of the first round of qualitative data collected between September and November 2007 as part of the Young Lives study in Ethiopia. Data collection was carried out in five of the twenty Young Lives study communities, with both cohorts of children – the younger cohort (then aged between 6 and 7 years) and the older cohort (ages 12 to 13) – as well as their caregivers, teachers, health workers, and community representatives.
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 self-report diaries were used as a basis for discussions with children on 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, 30 pp.