Safe spaces for bright futures

Using Data to See and Select the Most Vulnerable Adolescent Girls

Using Data to See and Select the Most Vulnerable Adolescent Girls

Population Council, UN Adolescent Girls Task Force
2012

We need to invest in girls to build their key protective assets. But in order to make these investments, we must “see” these girls. Current youth policies and the data that accompany them block our view of these girls and treat young people as a homogenous group. But the skills and experiences of young people, even in the same community, can vary considerably. By not recognizing how adolescent capacities and opportunities vary by subgroup, these policies have often failed to direct resources to vulnerable and hard-to-reach adolescents.

 

Making adolescent girls visible is essential so that investments can be targeted toward those at the highest risk of the poorest outcomes. This premise underpins this brief, which seeks to find and target vulnerable adolescent girls and shape policy context. It provides guidance on resources and tools that can reveal the internal diversity of adolescents, identify the onset and extensiveness of vulnerability, demonstrate where there are high concentrations of vulnerable girls, assess girls’ share of youth resources, and identify communities and vulnerable girls for program participation. The brief concludes with field applications for making dynamic use of data.