The goal of the “Understanding the lives of adolescents and young adults (UDAYA) in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh” program is to establish the levels, patterns, and trends in the situation of younger (10–14) and older (15–19) adolescents and to assess factors that influence the quality of transitions they make. The study is designed to provide robust insights on how investments in adolescents influence their life course by the time they reach young adulthood; enable evidence-based decisions on the types of programs worthy of scale-up; and furnish important baseline indicators against which the long-term impact of programs can be measured. This report focuses on the findings from the first round of cross-sectional surveys of adolescents conducted during January–July 2016 in Bihar, which confirm that adolescents are a heterogeneous group with correspondingly diverse needs. While large proportions of adolescents are healthy and have been to school, our findings confirm that they face numerous challenges in making the transition to adulthood. The report identifies and discusses several programmatic areas for action to improve the situation of adolescents.
Santhya, K.G., Rajib Acharya, Neelanjana Pandey, Santosh Kumar Singh, Shilpi Rampal, A.J. Francis Zavier, and Ashish Kumar Gupta. 2017. "Understanding the lives of adolescents and young adults (UDAYA) in Bihar, India." New Delhi: Population Council.
Understanding the Lives of Adolescents and Young Adults (UDAYA)