Child’s View- Laughing children run out of their classroom at recess in a primary school in Bangui, the capital. The photograph was taken by Tatiana Guiara, 10, one of 15 children who participated in a UNICEF-organized photography workshop for children who currently live, or previously lived, on the streets.
Longitudinal studies have unique potential to improve understanding of the dynamic processes that shape child development. They bring a life-course perspective to analysis, with a potential to respond to specific questions about children’s developmental trajectories.
There is growing recognition of the powerful role that longitudinal research can play in building evidence for policy and programme development, and there is considerable interest in establishing new longitudinal studies in developing countries. Symposium attendees addressed a set of thematic, methodological and governance related issues on longitudinal research. The Symposium seeks to provide an opportunity to reflect on challenges and opportunities of longitudinal research in low income settings, identifying lessons and best practices for future studies. Click here
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Stefan Dercon, Chief Economist (DfID)
The role of cohort and longitudinal research in developing evidence for improved policies on child well-being