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Strength in Numbers - How Longitudinal Research Can Support Child Development

Open Up: Sharing Data, Promoting Innovation

One non-technological innovation is the movement toward greater sharing of not just data, but also study protocols, ethics policies and the questionnaires used in studies. “Each study doesn’t have to originate everything; we can borrow from each other,” said Gero Carletto of the World Bank. This kind of sharing is a particularly important aspect of building capacity for longitudinal research in the global South.

The biggest technological advances in longitudinal studies are expected to come through the greater use of computing, telecommunications and biomarkers such as blood pressure, heart rate, body mass and blood samples.

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