The GIRL Center is building the world’s largest open data repository on adolescents.

The GIRL Center currently curates the Population Council’s data on more than 120,000 adolescents in 16 countries and will include data from other organizations working on girl-centered research and programs. Scroll over the countries on the map below to see available data on adolescents and click on the circles to learn about our projects around the world. If you are interested in sharing your data, please contact us at GIRLCenter@popcouncil.org.

The GIRL Center is Analyzing Data on More Than 120,000 Adolescents Around the World
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Overview of Adolescent Data

Bangladesh

BALIKA: Generating Evidence to Delay Marriage in Bangladesh

This randomized controlled trial showed that programs that educate girls, teach them about their rights and build skills for modern livelihoods can reduce the likelihood of child marriage by up to one-third in Bangladesh and produce better health, educational, economic, and social outcomes for girls. 

Belize

Abriendo Oportunidades – Belize

This quasi-experimental study is evaluating the effectiveness of the Abriendo Oportunidades program (safe spaces, mentors and life skills for vulnerable girls) in reducing child marriage and pregnancies and increasing girls’ health, social, and financial assets.

Burkina Faso

Building an Evidence Base of Effective Programs that Increase the Age at Marriage in Sub-Saharan Africa

This quasi-experimental study evaluated cost effective, sustainable, approaches to delaying marriage in child marriage "hot spots"among 5,000 girls in Tanzania, Ethiopia, and Burkina Faso. 

Egypt

Panel Survey of Young People in Egypt (SYPE) 2014: Generating Evidence for Policy, Programs, and Research

This cross-sectional survey of more than 15,000 Egyptian adolescents and young people thelped gain insights on their economic situations, civic attitudes, health, and well-being. 

Survey of Married Adolescent Girls in Rural Upper Egypt

This cross-sectional household survey collected data on early marriage, sexual and reproductive health, and demographic and health information from married adolescent girls.

Ethiopia

Building an Evidence Base of Effective Programs that Increase the Age at Marriage in Sub-Saharan Africa

This quasi-experimental study evaluated cost effective, sustainable, approaches to delaying marriage in child marriage "hot spots"among 5,000 girls in Tanzania, Ethiopia, and Burkina Faso. 

Guatemala

Abriendo Oportunidades (Opening Opportunities) Program

This program provides vulnerable rural Mayan girls in Guatemala with skills and support to improve their lives. A randomized controlled trial will assess the effectiveness of the program in reducing child marriages and pregnancies and increasing girls’ health, social, and financial outcomes

India

Adolescent Survey, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar

This cross-sectional and longitudinal survey establishes the levels, patterns, and trends in the situation of younger (10–14) and older (15–19) adolescents and assesses the factors that influence the quality of transitions they make. 

Do Kadam Barabari Ki Ore (Two Steps Towards Equality)

This cluster randomized trial evaluated the effectiveness of interventions like life skills education sessions, cricket, coaching sessions, and community events in engaging boys and young men in reducing harmful gender norms and decreasing sexual and gender-based violence.

Girls’ Secondary School Education, Gujarat, India

This cluster randomized trial evaluated a variety of community-based strategies to increase girls’ completion of secondary school in Gujarat, India, including the formation of adolescent girls’ groups and community engagement campaigns. 

Meri Life Meri Choice

This quasi-experimental study evaluated the effectiveness of building girls' assets and creating safe spaces for them to meet, linking girls to the healthcare system and employment opportunities, and creating supportive environments for girls' rights in Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh, India.

More Than Brides Alliance

More Than Brides Alliance implements and evaluates the effectiveness of a range of interventions to delay child marriage, including education, economic opportunities, child promotion, SRHR services, community engagement and others. In Mali and Niger, the Council is conducting a quasi-experimental matched study, and in India and Malawi a cluster randomized trial to evaluate whether and to what extent these child marriage interventions improve young people’s ability to decide when to marry and pursue their sexual and reproductive health rights in a supportive environment.

Kenya

Adolescent Girls Initiative – Kenya

This randomized controlled trial tests a combination of initiatives—in health, violence prevention, wealth creation, and education—to determine which improve girls’ lives most. 

The Nia Project

This randomized controlled trial in Kenya is evaluating whether providing girls with reproductive health education and menstrual hygiene products positively impacts their education and well-being.

Liberia

Girl Empower Program

This randomized controlled trial will gauge the effectiveness of providing girls in Liberia with weekly girl-centered meetings, life-skills training, financial and sexual and reproductive health education, and in sme instances conditional cash transfers, to improve health, social, and financial outcomes, 

Malawi

Malawi Schooling and Adolescent Study (MSAS)

This longitudinal survey tracked outcomes related to education, early marriage, and early pregnancy among adolescent girls over eight years.

More Than Brides Alliance

In Mali and Niger, the Council is conducting a quasi-experimental matched study, and in India and Malawi a cluster randomized trial to evaluate whether and to what extent child marriage interventions like education, economic opportunities, and community engagement improve young people’s ability to decide when to marry and pursue their sexual and reproductive health rights. 

Supporting Operational AIDS Research (Project SOAR) – Malawi

In Malawi, a randomized control trial is testing the impact of having health workers providing a combination of direct HIV service delivery and linkage/referral to health and social services. The intervention aims to reduce new HIV infections, mitigate the impact of HIV and improve the quality of life for 1035 at-risk Malawian youth.

Mali

More Than Brides Alliance

In Mali and Niger, the Council is conducting a quasi-experimental matched study, and in India and Malawi a cluster randomized trial to evaluate whether and to what extent child marriage interventions like education, economic opportunities, and community engagement improve young people’s ability to decide when to marry and pursue their sexual and reproductive health rights. 

Mexico

Abriendo Futuros (Opening Futures) in Yucatan, Mexico

In Mexico, a quasi-experimental study is evaluating the effectiveness of the Abriendo Futuros program, which uses safe spaces, mentors, and life skills  building interventions for vulnerable girls, in reducing child marriage and pregnancies and increasing girls’ health, social, and financial assets.

Niger

More Than Brides Alliance

In Mali and Niger, the Council is conducting a quasi-experimental matched study, and in India and Malawi a cluster randomized trial to evaluate whether and to what extent child marriage interventions like education, economic opportunities, and community engagement improve young people’s ability to decide when to marry and pursue their sexual and reproductive health rights. 

South Africa

Supporting Operational AIDS Research (Project SOAR) – South Africa

This randomized controlled trial is assessing whether community-based HIV prevention group meetings that link HIV prevention, gender norms, and sexual and gender-based violence education are effective in increasing the use of quality HIV services and reducing HIV incidence in South Africa.

Tanzania

Building an Evidence Base of Effective Programs that Increase the Age at Marriage in Sub-Saharan Africa

This quasi-experimental study evaluated cost effective, sustainable, approaches to delaying marriage in child marriage "hot spots"among 5,000 girls in Tanzania, Ethiopia, and Burkina Faso. 

Zambia

Adolescent Girls Empowerment Program

This randomized controlled trial is evaluating the effectiveness of providing 10,000 girls in Zambia combinations of: health and financial education life skills, health service vouchers, and girl-friendly financial savings accounts to help them stay in school longer; avoid early marriage; delay sexual activity; and prevent unintended pregnancy, and HIV and other STIs.

GirlsRead!

This randomized controlled trial evaluates whether an e-reader intervention embedded in a safe space platform with a community engagement component will increase girls' literacy skills and decrease HIV incidence, unintended pregnancies, and school dropout. 

Interpersonal Communication to Encourage Use of Female Condoms in Zambia

This evaluation in Zambia examined how an interpersonal communication intervention affects knowledge, acceptability, use of condoms, and uptake of female condoms in the context of a mass distribution and marketing campaign for the new Maximum Diva Woman’s Condom.