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The IRIM completes the baseline survey of the ‘Youth Development Project’

The Youth Development Programme (YDP) (2013-2016) is funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, Government of Luxembourg, and United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), and is jointly implemented by the Government of Mongolia and UNFPA

The project aims to build the resilience of young women and men, and reduce their vulnerabilities to gender‐based violence, unplanned pregnancies, STIs and HIV, and increase their capacity to benefit from Mongolia’s rapid  socioeconomic change, particularly related to intensified extractive industries.   It should be noted that a large part of the data for the baseline study will be obtained from survey. There is an urgent need to conduct a survey because no baseline study has occurred

The  objectives of the project were:

  1. Gather baseline data of the project in line with the M&E framework;
  2. Identify the risks that may be critical to monitor to ensure the success of the project implementation;
  3. Validate achievable and realistic targets of planned goal, outcome and outputs stated in the project M&E framework;
  4. Provide clear guidance and recommendations on ways to strengthen ongoing monitoring of the project and monitoring indicators
    1. Determine the existing and possible sources of information for indicators.

This survey used a mixed method comprising of quantitative and qualitative methods such as a questionnaire, focus group discussions, key informant interviews, document review and observation. Survey data was collected from ten different youth groups using a questionnaire and focus group discussions.  The survey team used various participatory methods on focus group discussions such as H-Form  and card sorting, concept mapping and word lists. About 50 stakeholders were included in the key informant interview and filled the stakeholder analysis.

The survey target group were  youth aged 15 to 34. The survey included representatives of various youth groups such as adolescents, students, disabled youth, employed and unemployed youth, youth that have dropped out of school, young miners and young herders. A total of 1600 questionnaires and 60 focus group discussions were conducted among those various groups. During data collection, IRIM planned to cover various vulnerable and target youth groups. IRIM cooperated with various stakeholders such as school, local governmental and non-governmental organizations for identifying and finding survey target groups based on their registration and database of the target group.

Finally, we are thankful for all the respondents’ voluntarily participation in the survey and the local stakeholders (Development Center’s staffLocal Child and Family Development Departments) great support during the data collection process.