Since 2002, Young Lives has used a survey questionnaire to track the well-being and life trajectories of two age cohorts of children across four countries: Ethiopia, India (in the state of Andhra Pradesh), Vietnam and Peru. In 2007, Young Lives initiated a child-focused qualitative component to complement the survey research, working with a sub-group of children drawn from the larger Young Lives sample. The qualitative research was designed as a longitudinal study, which entails repeated fieldwork visits to the same children, families and communities over a seven-year period (2007–2014).
This fieldwork guide was produced collaboratively by an international team of researchers taking part in the Young Lives study. The manual guided the second of four planned rounds of data collection in 2008 as part of the longitudinal qualitative research design, woven between rounds of a quantitative household and child survey. The children were aged 6 to 7 and 13 to 14 at the time. We sought to document changes since the previous round of research (2007), particularly the role of poverty in shaping the children’s experiences of schooling, their time-use, roles and responsibilities, and their relationships. The longitudinal design of this strand of research will track the transitions and diverging trajectories of this group of children over time.
Further information about the design and rationale of this research can be found on the Young Lives website, along with a ‘Guide for Researchers’ and guides for the first round (2007) and third round (2011) of qualitative research.