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Qualitative research toolkit: GAGE's approach to researching with adolescents


Written by Nicola Jones


This toolkit is a companion piece to the GAGE baseline qualitative research toolkit and provides the group and individual research tools – all of which are age-tailored (early adolescents, mid/older adolescents and adults) – used during the second round of data collection in GAGE’s longitudinal study. A selection of these could be used to understand different dimensions of adolescent well-being and development trajectories in any given context.

For the purposes of the GAGE research programme, this collection of tools has also been designed to mirror the GAGE ‘3 Cs’ conceptual framework, which reflects the close connections between the ‘3 Cs’: capabilities, change strategies and contexts.

It considers adolescents’ multidimensional capabilities and the ways in which these differ depending on age, gender and (dis)ability; the change strategies that are used by families, communities, service providers, policy-makers, civil society and development partners to promote empowered and healthy transitions from adolescence into early adulthood; and finally the broader meso- and macro-level contexts that shape the enabling/constraining environments in which adolescent realities are played out. Adolescents are situated at the centre of this socio-ecological framework.

Nicola Jones, Elizabeth Presler-Marshall, Agnieszka Małachowska, Emma Jones, Jude Sajdi, Kifah Banioweda, Workneh Yadete, Kiya Gezahegne and Kassahun Tilahun