Policy Engagement

Policy engagement

Communicating our work is vital at all levels - from the children and grassroots communities we work with, to government officials and the international decision-makers who shape policy and practice. Overall, we aim to bring about child-focused, evidence-based policymaking.

Policy monitoring and analysis

Our research data is supplemented by policy analysis to review how national and state government policies are implemented at the local level and how they affect poor children and their families.

This helps us understand how government policies and promises actually play out at community level and what impact they have on children’s lives. Collecting this information and monitoring the policy environment in each country contextualises our findings and deepens our evidence base.

In India, our policy work focuses on education, adolescents, child work, and nutrition. Currently we are investigating equality and quality issues in secondary education for poor children and youth, especially children from marginalised social groups. This includes looking in detail at issues such as the quality of school infrastructure, quality of teaching, resources and learning outcomes and analysing government schemes designed to improve quality education. In Round 3 (2009) we introduced a new primary school-based component and in 2016 we conducted a secondary school survey in the state/s of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh.

We are also part of informal consortiums and conglomerations committed to child rights and issues concerning children. Through such consortiums, we engage with key policymakers and share our findings and evidence-based policy messages. In addition, we are members of different government working groups such as the Working Group on the Gilr Child (Ministry of Women and Child Development) and the Working Group on Early Childhood Development (ECD) Policy. We also participate and share our findings in various consultations organised by important government ministries at the state and national level.

In preparation for the country’s 12th Five Year Plan, the Planning Commission of the Government of India solicited input from a large number of civil society organisations. Young Lives provided inputs and recommendations on these and provided evidence for the Steering Committee which fed into the 12th Plan on Secondary and Vocational Education. In 2016, we contributed to the XXII and XXIII Joint Review Mission of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan on recommendations to improve elementary education in the country.

In the past two years, Young Lives has participated in meetings related to the formulation of indicators for the Sustainable Development Goals and has collaborated with partners such as UNICEF on a range of child policy issues.

Community reciprocity

We are committed to ensuring our findings and policy recommendations are used to support pro-poor, child-sensitive policies. A core component of this is to ensure that our research is beneficial for the respondents and their wider communities. We provide relevant, valuable information about our aims and our findings to the children, families and communities involved in the research. A child profile book was developed to share stories of children growing up in all four study countries, which was shared with children in our sample during Round 5 survey.