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Symposium Booklet

19 Nov 2014
Cohort and longitudinal studies have unique potential to improve understanding of the dynamic nature and processes that shape child development. These studies are also distinct in their ability to bring a life-course perspective to analysis, with a potential to respond to specific questions about children’s pathways and developmental trajectories.

There is also 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 will be addressing 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.