Young Lives conducts education research in four countries – Ethiopia, Vietnam, India and Peru. The main focus of our work is on the collection and analysis of large-scale survey data. By linking to the Young Lives longitudinal household panel we are able to construct a unique evidence base for policy-relevant research on education in the context of low and middle-income countries.

While it is clear that impressive progress has been made in terms of enrolments in basic education in recent years, much less evidence is available on the levels of learning achieved and on the closely related issues of school quality. The Young Lives education research focuses on measuring learning outcomes and understanding the school processes and background influences that shape them over the child’s life-course. In addition, we undertake focused sub-studies on areas of specific interest within the study countries.

The purpose of our research is to generate new evidence, knowledge and insights concerning the relationships between education, poverty and inequality and concerning ‘what works’ in education policy with regard to improving learning outcomes and life-chances.

What's new

YL-WP134-Ethiopia-School-Survey-ReportYoung Lives Ethiopia School Survey 2012-13: Data Overview Report, Young Lives Working Paper 134, December 2014.

Ethiopia-School-Survey-SummaryEthiopia School Survey 2012-13: Data Report Summary, December 2014

UK Data ServiceNew data release: Young Lives School Survey data are now publicly archived. We are pleased to announce the release of the Young Lives school survey data from India and Peru. The data are now available for external researchers to access and use via the UK Data Service.

WP119-OrkinThe Effect of Lengthening the School Day on Children's Achievement in Ethiopia, Young Lives Working Paper 119.

WP124-Singh-learning-gapsEmergence and Evolution of Learning Gaps across Countries: Panel Evidence from Ethiopia, India, Peru and Vietnam, Young Lives Working Paper 124.

UNESCO-GMR-2014Exploring the effect of educational opportunity and inequality on learning outcomes in Ethiopia, Peru, India and Vietnam. This background paper for the UNESCO GMR examines trends in enrolment and learning and the potential impact of school quality and ‘opportunities to learn’ in mediating the relationships between disadvantage and learning outcomes for poor children.





Find out more about the sampling, methods and tools on our school survey overview page.





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