UNICEF New Series of Research Methods briefs to Strengthen Evidence on Adolescents

Of the 1.6 MILLION adolescents living with HIV in sub-Saharan Africa, approximately 1.2 million are located in Eastern and Southern Africa (UNICEF, 2015d). Adolescents is a period of physical, intellectual and social developmental changes that may put an adolescent at a higher risk of vulnerability. Especially for adolescents living in poor resource settings and those living with or affected by HIV.

New HIV infection rate in adolescents is the only age-group in which there has been little progress, as such there has been a recent focus on to call for programmes and policies that are sensitive the specific needs of adolescents wellbeing. Despite this comprehensive data collection systems and research for effective interventions were lacking.

With the aim of improving efforts to collect rigorous evidence for programmes and policies on adolescent health and well-being. UNICEF Innocenti in partnership with Columbia University and experts from the Lancet Commission on Adolescent Health and Well-being recently released a series of briefs. These briefs provide a review of contemporary research methodologies for adolescent well-being in low- and middle-income countries and will assist a wide range of professionals and stakeholders who conduct, commission or interpret research findings to make decisions about programming, policy and advocacy.

  1. Improving the methodological quality of research in adolescent well-being
  2. Data and indicators to measure adolescent health, social development and well-being 
  3. Inclusion with protection: Obtaining informed consent when conducting research with adolescents 
  4. Research with disadvantaged, vulnerable and/or marginalized adolescents 
  5. Adolescent participation in research: Innovation, rationale and next steps 
  6. How to measure enabling and supportive systems for adolescent health 
  7. Methodologies to capture the multidimensional effects of economic strengthening interventions -

This initiative was funded by the UK Department for International Development. The Editors of the series were John Santelli, MD, MPH, Columbia University and Nikola Balvin, PsyD, UNICEF Office of Research – Innocenti.

Source: https://www.unicef-irc.org/article/1590/