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Understanding the lives of adolescents and young adults in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh (UDAYA) is a first-of-its-kind study on adolescents in India. UDAYA establishes the levels, patterns and trends in the situation of younger (10-14) and older (15-19) adolescents in two Indian states, Bihar and Uttar Pradesh.

The Population Council has conducted UDAYA, with financial support from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the David and Lucile Packard Foundation.

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UDAYA provides a comprehensive insight into the quality of adolescents’ lives as they transition into adulthood in India. The study used cross-sectional and longitudinal surveys to explore, assess and provide information on pathways to adulthood – factors that determine successful transitions to adulthood. These were broadly divided into themes based on state and national context, family, media and community environment, assets acquired in adolescence, and the actual quality of transition to young adulthood and beyond.

The themes listed here are the themes under which this coalition of individuals and organisations have drawn insights from and based their work on.

This section contains multimedia products which were created in an effort to make the UDAYA data accessible in a fun and innovative manner to communities. Facilitated by the Population Council and YP Foundation, this collaboration has drawn from the data in the UDAYA study, combined with adolescents’ experiences, to produce comics, podcasts, videos and zines.

This section lists all the products created and can be either watched online or downloaded for offline viewing. 

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This section contains descriptions of on-ground policy interventions that were executed by a coalition of individuals and grassroots organisations in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh. Select the specific state to see details of how adolescent delegations used insights from the UDAYA study to inform and validate their community surveys and approach authorities on improving adolescent health service delivery.

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In an effort to disseminate data democratically, the Population Council and the YP Foundation invited collaborations from individuals and organisations engaged with adolescents and the wider community. Each partner took data insights and factsheets from the UDAYA study and have worked closely with adolescents on engaging projects.

This section lists all the partner profiles.


Creative Products

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