Opportunities and challenges in using research to influence policy on childhood poverty in low- and middle-income countries

Part of the Perspectives on Social Policy in Oxford Hilary 2018 seminar series.

An inter-disciplinary,  mixed-methods, longitudinal study across four low- and middle-income countries, Young Lives was designed with the objective of reducing childhood poverty. This has meant developing an explicit theory of change and ensuring that the research dissemination strategy and governance and partnership structures are geared towards maximising impact. But the theoretical, conceptual, and practical challenges are many, as this talk highlights.