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

'After access: Divergent Learning Profiles in Vietnam and India', by Zoe James and Caine Rolleston, Prospects: Quarterly Review of Comparative Education (Aug 2015)

International Journal of Educational Development'Low-fee Private Schooling in India: More questions than answers? Observations from the Young Lives Longitudinal Research in Andhra Pradesh', by Renu Singh and Colin Bangay, International Journal of Educational Development 39: 132-140

Ethiopia-School-Survey-SummaryEthiopia School Survey 2012-13: Data Report and 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, Peru and Vietnam. The data are now available for external researchers to access and use via the UK Data Service.

Oxford Review of Education

'School Quality Counts: Evidence from Developing Countries', special issue of the Oxford Review of Education, edited by Angela Little and Caine Rolleston

Growing Up In Poverty_cover'Educational Opportunities and Learning Outcomes of Children in Peru: A Longitudinal Model', by Santiago Cueto, Juan León, and Ismael G. Muñoz, in: Growing Up In Poverty: Findings from Young Lives, edited by Michael Bourdillon and Jo Boyden, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan

Corporal Punishment in Schools in Andhra Pradesh, India Corporal Punishment in Schools in Andhra Pradesh, India: Children’s and Parents’ Views, by Virginia Morrow and Renu Singh, Young Lives Working Paper 123


The 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.




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





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