Survey questionnaires

The questionnaires used for the Young Lives survey are developed specifically for each survey round, to capture the changes in household circumstances and the children’s lives as they grow up. In each case, a core questionnaire is produced and used across all four study countries, with specific questions and sections added by each country team to capture information of particular relevance in that country. In particular, these sections cover the reach and impact of government policy and programmes.

The links below will take you to the questionnaires used in each survey round. We have also carried out specific studies with different sub-samples of children, details of which are given below.

Round 1 survey documentation (2002)

Round 2 survey documentation (2006–7)

Round 3 survey documentation (2009–10)

The Round 4 questionnaires and justification documents will be available later in 2015, as we prepare the data for public archiving. 

A school survey was carried out in 2010 and 2013. See School survey pages.


Young Lives is committed to making our datasets and our methodology widely available for other researchers to use and adapt in their own work. Our questionnaires and fieldworker manuals may be downloaded for this purpose, but we do ask that Young Lives is acknowledged. Suggested wording would be:

The questions used here have been adapted from Young Lives, a longitudinal study of childhood poverty in 4 developing countries (Ethiopia, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana in India, Peru and Vietnam). Young Lives is funded from 2001 to 2017 by UK aid from the Department for International Development and co-funded from 2010 to 2014 by the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and from 2014 to 2015 by Irish Aid.


Please note that in some sections of the Young Lives questionnaires we have used pre-existing tools and measures and the copyright for these materials rests with other organisations. These include:

  • Self Reporting Questionnaire (SRQ-20) (used in Round 1 child questionnaire, Younger Cohort): Non-copyright tool developed by the World Health Organization to screen for psychiatric disturbance, especially in developing countries.
  • Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire (SDQ) (used in Round 1 child questionnaire, Older Cohort): The Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaires, whether in English or in translation, are copyrighted documents that may not be modified in any way. Paper versions may be downloaded and subsequently photocopied without charge for non-commercial purposes. See:
  • Raven’s Coloured Progressive Matrices (CPM) (used to test learning outcomes): Copyright: JC Raven Ltd/Harcourt Assessment.




Access our data

The datasets and full documentation are publicly archived in the UK Data Archive. Find out more about how to Access our data.

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