Young Lives also generates calculated variables such as health indicators, wealth and consumption index’s and test scores for each round of data. These data are constantly updated after each round, as are the methods for calculating these scores, and submitted alongside our collected data to the public archive. These indicators are often widely used and can be quite difficult to create. By including these in our public datasets we hope to save the user’s time in their own analysis.
Panel data set
After the submission of the Round 3 data to the UK Data Service, we began to build a panel dataset for each country. This set contained the core data that has been collected across Rounds 1 to 3 and was submitted to the public archive. Again, the aim of this was to aid user analysis by providing a dataset that summarises variables that have remained constant across the rounds for each country and cohort. After our recent submission of the Round 4 data, we have updated the panel dataset and plan to submit this in the coming weeks.
Alongside our Household and Child questionnaires, we have also conducted other streams of research such as the School Survey. In order to maximise its use, we code the data in such a way that it is easily to link to our main child and household data including the main cohorts, their households and even individuals within the household. These means we have no ‘stand-alone’ datasets.
As mentioned above, we will submit an updated panel dataset which will include Rounds 1 to 4 to the UK Data Service. Additionally, we are finalising our Round 5 survey questionnaires, building our computer-assisted personal interviewing (CAPI) programmes with preloaded data from Rounds 1 to 4 and plan to begin fieldwork this summer. Young Lives is also planning to conduct another round of School Surveys in India, Vietnam and Ethiopia alongside the Round 5 survey work.
(This blog first appeared on 6 May 2016 on the UK Data Service Data Impact Blog.)