Data access

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 committed to the widest possible dissemination of our research including public archiving of our data to enable policymakers and other researchers to benefit from this unique longitudinal survey.

The anonymised data and full documentation from our quantitative survey is publicly archived in the UK and is available through the UK Data Service. The 3 rounds of data have been assigned the following study numbers:

The panel dataset will be deposited with the UK Data Service by end 2013. Both the Round 1 and Round 2 datasets are available on CD-ROM for users within India, and can be received from the Ethiopia Development Research Institute (EDRI) in Addis Ababa on application. In Ethiopia the EDRI is responsible for the quantitative and survey data while our qualitative researchers are responsible for the qualitative data.

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 UK Data Service 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 core-funded by UK aid from the Department for International Development (DFID) and co-funded from 2010 to 2014 by the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs. 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

We are very interested to learn of any secondary analysis of our data and about any forthcoming publications that may arise from work with Young Lives data. Please contact us for any further information about our data or our methodology.

If you would like to have access to Young Lives data in Ethiopia, email