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Young Lives longitudinal survey began in 2001, with two cohorts, one born in 2000 (8,000 children) and one born in 1994 (4,000 children). Young Lives had planned to undertake a sixth round of quantitative fieldwork in 2020, now replaced with a Computer-Assisted-Telephone-Survey (CATI) comprising three phone calls. 

  • Call 1 (June-July 2020): Explain the phone survey this year and in-person gain consent for the main survey. Basic information collected: living arrangements; health of household members; labour and education effects of current emergency/lockdown; Covid-19 knowledge and behaviours.
  • Call 2 (September-October 2020): Main survey based on a much-shortened version of the planned Round 6 survey, with a focus on labor market participation and skills, but new modules added on the impact of the pandemic on the household’s health and economic situation.
  • Call 3 (November-December 2020): Will include a short list of questions from call 1&2 to collect some time sensitive questions to better understand whether the respondent’s situation has changed in the meanwhile. The round 6 survey will take place in-person one year later than planned, in 2021 and assess medium-term impacts.
Academic partners in the four study countries 
Study Type:
Descriptive / Surveillance
May 2020-January 2021
Implemented by IPA:
Implementing Organization:
University of Oxford, Lancaster University, Centre for Economic and Social Studies, Grupo de Analysis de Desarrollo, Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences, University of Addis Ababa
Impact Goals:
Build resilience and protect the financial health of families and individuals; Build resilient and adaptable businesses and employment opportunities; Improve social-safety net responses; Improve women’s health, safety, and economic empowerment
Outcomes of Interest:
What proportion has been affected by COVID-19: through health, income (and savings) and job; food insecurity; disruption to education, or migration? What behavior changes since the crisis began? What short-term effects on health (including mental health); subjective well-being; educational attainment; employment and earnings; sale of assets; time use and care responsibilities? Differential impacts by gender, economic sector, area of residence, living in poverty? Have private strategies and public policies had a positive impact in mitigating the pandemic impact, or promoting positive behaviors?
Data Collection Mode:
CATI (Computer-assisted telephone interviewing)
Data Collection Instruments:
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Results Status:
Key Findings:
The survey found impacts on many aspects of young peoples lives, with a stark contrast between Peru (heavily hit by COVID-19) and Vietnam (relatively unaffected), though in all countries economic crisis has affected life. There was some bounce-back in employment and mental health between Aug/Sept and Nov/Dec calls, except in Ethiopia, where conflict may also be a factor. See individual country briefings in the "Results" section.