Access our data

The Young Lives datasets from the household and child surveys in 2002 (Round 1), 2006 (Round 2), and 2009 (Round 3) are publicly archived and available to download from the UK Data Service, along with the documentation and questionnaires for each survey round. For users in our study countries, they are also available on CD-Rom, on request from the Principal Investigator.

We are currently carrying out fieldwork for the Round 4 survey (between September 2013 and late February 2014). Following data cleaning, we expect to release initial findings in early summer 2014, and to archive the data in late-2015.

Access via UK Data Service

The anonymised data have been deposited as a ‘micro-data’ set in the UK Data Service.

The data archive gives access to household and child data from Round 1 (2002),  Round 2 (2006) and Round 3 (2009) plus all the relevant documentation, as well as community data from Rounds 2 and 3, along with the full documentation. Data from our qualitative sub-sample research are not archived in the same way as the survey data because of concerns about confidentiality (and cost). If you could like to use our qualitative data for research purposes, please contact us outlining your areas of interest and your research questions, and we will discuss with you whether the data are appropriate for your work.

The UK Data Service has developed a Study Guide for Young Lives which acts as an entry point for the data. The 3 rounds of data have been assigned the following study numbers:


The Archive contains complete documentation relating to the survey, including:

  • The household, child and community questionnaires for each survey round
  • Fieldworker manuals
  • Justification documents that describe what questions were asked and how they were arrived at
  • A data dictionary that describes each variable, the relevant question, and gives the code values where appropriate
  • For calculated variables. the description includes the method of calculation.

File format

The datasets are deposited as SPSS data files. For each survey round, there is one file containing all the household and child data, plus other files containing sub-tables (e.g. the household roster, which is a list of all family members). The household-level file also contains the key composite variables that were used in the original tabulation plans, including the wealth index.

Using our data

Users are required to register and apply for a password with the UK Data Service and sign a confidentiality agreement before they can access the data. We also ask that users inform the Archive and Young Lives of any analysis or publications resulting from their work with the dataset. This helps us maintain an overview of how the data is being used, and is also required in our reporting to our funders.

If you use the Young Lives data in any publication, we would be grateful if you include the following acknowledgement:

‘The data used in this publication come from Young Lives, a 15-year study of the changing nature of childhood poverty in Ethiopia, India (Andhra Pradesh), Peru and Vietnam ( Young Lives is funded by UK aid from the Department for International Development (DFID) and co-funded from 2014 to 2015 by Irish Aid. The views expressed here are those of the author(s). They are not necessarily those of Young Lives, the University of Oxford, DFID or other funders.’

Key contact

Anne Solon, Data and Survey Manager (

If you have any difficulties, in accessing the datasets, please contact us.

Access our data

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Young Lives data is available through the UK Data Service - study number 5307 (Round 1), study number 6852 (Round 2), and study number 6853 (Round 3).

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