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Evidence from Longitudinal Research

It is critical that the wellbeing of society is systematically tracked by indicators that not only give an accurate picture of human life today but also provide a window into the future for all of us.

This book presents impactful findings from international longitudinal studies that respond to the United Nations’ Agenda 2030 commitment to “leave no-one behind”. Contributors explore a wide range and complexity of pressing global issues, with emphasis given to excluded and vulnerable populations and gender inequality.

Importantly, it sets out actionable strategies for policymakers and practitioners to help strengthen the global Sustainable Development Goals framework, accelerate their implementation and improve the construction of effective public policy.

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; (2) involving girls and boys to explore gender dynamics; (3) surveying primary female caregivers to understand intergenerational dynamics; (4) purposely sampling disadvantaged adolescents (those who married early, have a disability, or are internally displaced or refugees); and (5) working across diverse geographies (urban, rural, pastoralist, refugee camps) to understand the role of livelihood options, service access and infrastructural factors in shaping adolescent trajectories. GAGE’s approach was informed by the need to address questions around adolescent

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protection, child marriage, disability, urbanization, psychosocial health and parenting. Studies that lent themselves to multisectorality were prioritized. The selection criteria for studies include those currently collecting data (active studies) with findings demonstrating some direct relevance for the sustainable development agenda. In addition, the selection sought to highlight innovation in multisectorality, or cross-sectoral issues, or address specific methodological challenges associated with the longitudinal design to evaluate policy impacts. Taken together, the

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