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A sound quality assurance (QA) system for research is critical to UNICEF’s mandate and to enhance our reputation as a knowledge leader on children, ensure scarce resources are not wasted, and to protect the children, women and others who participate in our research, and whose lives are affected by its outcomes.

Research quality assurance at UNICEF refers to a continuous process of assessing, monitoring, maintaining and improving the quality of UNICEF’s research projects and products.

Evidence-based development necessitates that programmatic work and policy advocacy are based on results obtained from research that is methodologically rigorous, relevant and timely. To strengthen UNICEF’s position as a knowledge leader on child rights, conducting and applying quality research has become a part of our organizational culture.

This is why we have developed the UNICEF Procedure for Quality Assurance in Research and pooled together tools and guidelines to assist its implementation.