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Minding the Data Gap in Adolescent Health

Peer-to-peer data collection to address gaps in national-level adolescent data under the Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey

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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.


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Thank you for your post. I wanted to double check if this was a current initiative or an idea. If the latter, I would recommend reposting in a few days during the ideation phase.
Data collection is clearly a major problem and your approach might indeed allow data collection while also providing information and resources.
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Great, thank you! We will repost with additional information on our idea and approach.