Purpose: This article describes the selection of priority indicators for adolescent (10–19 years) health measurement proposed by the Global Action for Measurement of Adolescent health advisory group and partners, building on previous work identifying 33 core measurement areas and mapping 413 indicators across these areas.
Methods: The indicator selection process considered inputs from a broad range of stakeholders through a structured four-step approach: (1) definition of selection criteria and indicator scoring; (2) development of a draft list of indicators with metadata; (3) collection of public feedback through a survey; and (4) review of the feedback and finalization of the indicator list. As a part of the process, measurement gaps were also identified.
Results: Fifty-two priority indicators were identified, including 36 core indicators considered to be most important for measuring the health of all adolescents, one alternative indicator for settings where measuring the core indicator is not feasible, and 15 additional indicators for settings where further detail on a topic would add value. Of these indicators, 17 (33%) measure health behaviors and risks, 16 (31%) health outcomes and conditions, eight (15%) health determinants, five (10%) systems performance and interventions, four (8%) policies, programmes, laws, and two (4%) subjective well-being.
Discussion: A consensus list of priority indicators with metadata covering the most important health issues for adolescents was developed with structured inputs from a broad range of stakeholders. This list will now be pilot tested to assess the feasibility of indicator data collection to inform global, regional, national, and sub-national monitoring.
Marsh, A. D., Moller, A. B., Saewyc, E., Adebayo, E., Akwara, E., Azzopardi, P. S., Guèye Ba, M., Baltag, V., Bose, K., Burrows, S., Carvajal, L., Dastgiri, S., Fagan, L., Ferguson, J., Friedman, H. S., Giyava, C., Hagell, A., Inchley, J., Jackson, D., Kågesten, A. E., Mangombe, A., Morgan, A., Newby, H., Schultz, L., Sommer, M., Speizer, I., Tang, K., & Guthold, R. (2022). Priority indicators for adolescent health measurement – recommendations from the Global Action for Measurement of Adolescent health (GAMA) advisory group. Journal of Adolescent Health, 71(4), 455-465. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jadohealth.2022.04.015