Access our Data

Access our Data


The Young Lives datasets from the household and child surveys in 2002 (Round 1), 2006 (Round 2), 2009 (Round 3), and 2013-2014 (Round 4) are publicly archived and available to download from the UK Data Service, along with the documentation and questionnaires for each survey round. 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 4 rounds of data have been assigned the following study numbers:


The archive contains complete documentation relating to the survey, including the household, child and community questionnaires for each survey round.

A Technical Note accompanies the Constructed Files of Young Lives data to facilitate analysis of the household and child survey data across the four rounds of data collected to date. The constructed files are combined sub-sets of selected variables from Rounds 1 to 4 of the Young Lives survey, and contains about 200 original and constructed variables, most of them comparable across the four rounds, presented in a panel format and classified in four broad groups: panel information, general characteristics, household characteristics, and child characteristics.

Data workshops

Following release of the Round 4 data we ran a series of data user workshops in Hyderabad and Delhi to enable researchers and policymakers to make more use of the data. More similar workshops are planned for 2018 once we have archived the Round 5 data.

Our qualitative research

Data from our qualitative sub-sample research are not archived in the same way as the survey data because of concerns about confidentiality (and cost). If you could like to use our qualitative data for research purposes, please contact us outlining your areas of interest and your research questions, and we will discuss with you whether the data are appropriate for your work.

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 helps us measure our impact.

If you use the Young Lives data in any publication, please 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 and Telangana), Peru and Vietnam ( Young Lives is core-funded by UK aid from the Department for International Development (DFID)  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 India or to be kept informed of future data workshops, please e-mail on our main email address or  or Dr Prudhvikar Reddy .