Traditional data collection approaches heads of households, which are older men or women (depending on context). Data for MICS and DHS only collects data in the 15-19 and 20-24 age bands: it does not include 'very young adolescents' (10-14). It also does not disaggregate data analysis into smaller sub-sets of adolescents when we know significant change and transitions occur between periods such as 10-12 and 13-14. Disaggregated analysis is critical for MICS and DHS to consider in order for us to understand what works for different segments of adolescent age groups.
Could we utilize the Grassroot Soccer network of Caring Coaches as mobile data collectors (18-30) to conduct peer-to-peer data collection and qualitative research, ensuring the voices of adolescents are heard? Caring Coaches are also provided with training and qualification that equips them with employable skills for the future.