Young Lives Project hires Knowles for top position

One of the most comprehensive research projects into child poverty has hired its first head of comms.

Caroline Knowles joins the Young Lives Project in April as the scheme ­enters its second phase.

Her brief is to raise the international project’s profile – especially among policy makers in the four main countries involved.

‘This project is taking place in Peru, Vietnam, India and Ethiopia, and it is important that the people making key decisions in those countries are aware of what we are trying to do,’ said Knowles.

Her team is spread across those countries, with Knowles in overall charge of strategy and implementation.

The YLP is part of Oxford University’s international development department and runs in partnership with Save the Children and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

Since its inception in 2001 it has been engaged in preliminary work. The project is now changing gear to develop a replicable methodology for the long-term monitoring of child welfare. It finishes in 2015.

It is the first long-term research project to use both qualitative and quantitative analysis. As well as using statistics, children and their carers will be interviewed to explore their experiences of poverty and factors that affect it.

Knowles is currently head of comms at global research and training body the Institute of Development Studies. She has been at the IDS for three years, and the Brighton-based body is currently recruiting a replacement.

She will report to programme director Dr Jo Boyden, and will be based at Oxford University.

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