This paper was prepared by Joy Johnston in January 2006, when Young Lives was at a turning point. Detailed planning was underway for the second round of data collection for the two cohorts - approximately 2,000 children aged between 6-17.9 months in 2002 and 1,000 children aged between 7.5-8.5 years in 2002 in each study country.
This paper focuses on the methods, tools, and instruments that may be useful for research with children in the second and subsequent phases of data collection in the Young Lives project. Specifically, it addresses methods for investigating the following two lines of enquiry:
a) What are the factors (global, national, sub-national, community and household/family) that act on children's lives, to either increase or reduce poverty and its effects?
b) What effects do multidimensional aspects of poverty have on children's functioning, capabilities and well-being during the course of childhood?
The paper includes examples of qualitative and quantitative measures that could be used both in sub-sample and full-sample data collection.
Young Lives, Department of International Development at the University of Oxford, UK. 55 pp.