Quantitative and qualitative life course analysis

CPAN’s approach combines analysis of Panel Data with qualitative Life Histories. Panel Data, or household surveys, are our main source of data. They help investigating the extent of different poverty trajectories; how many people escape poverty, how many remain trapped in it and how many fall into poverty. Life Histories are in-depth interviews which explore the key events and moments during an individual’s life that contribute to improve their situation, getting worse or stagnating. While panel data provides important information on the proportions of people on different poverty trajectories, qualitative data is needed to explore further why some households are successfully improving their situation while others are not.

Click here to download a list of available panel datasets. CPAN would like to see greater investment in panel data so that it can have a wider effect on improving policy outcomes.

Please access our Media page to see examples of Life Histories or have a look at the info-graphic below.