Making Change Happen

Young Lives pioneering research on how poverty and inequality affect the lives of disadvantaged children, adolescents and young adults in developing countries is providing the evidence base for informed policy making to change lives. Young Lives uses a theory of change model to plot how we effect this change from data collection to improvements in the life outcomes of children and young people.

Young Lives mission is to deliver ground-breaking research on how intersecting inequalities and new vulnerabilities affect the lives of disadvantaged children and young people and what can be done to improve their life outcomes. 

We deliver impact through: 

  • Building knowledge on how early childhood experiences impact later life outcomes, according to a range of structural factors (wealth, location, gender, age, and ethnicity), and alongside significant external shocks including the COVID-19 pandemic and climate change. 
  • Informing national and international policies and programmes that improve the lives of disadvantaged children and young people, and that are central to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The Young Lives Theory of Change provides a framework to maximise the contribution of all our research projects in delivering our mission. We have learnt from our track record of success over 20 years, what outputs and outcomes are effective.  We have analysed the assumptions underlying our activities to determine that they will have the desired effects, alongside analysis of the key external risks that may need to be navigated in these times of unprecedented change and uncertainty.