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Evidence from Africa shows cash transfers increase school enrollment

The Office of Research supports a range of capacity building activities to help UNICEF staff and partners to appraise, commission, undertake, communicate and use research on child rights in development cooperation programmes. In addition to face to face courses and online training modules, we facilitate cross-organizational events and activities aimed at building an evidence culture at UNICEF.

Project team: Kerry Albright, Shivit Bakrania, Camille Neyhouser, Jorinde van de Scheur

Face to Face Training

The Office of Research delivers face to face training in research management and methods to UNICEF staff working in country and regional offices and their partners and to UNICEF National Committees. The training covers topics necessary for the successful planning, management, communication and use of research.. It includes modules on the sources and use of evidence, principles of research governance, research ethics and quality assurance, writing terms of reference, a refresher on research methods and statistics, critical appraisal skills, evidence synthesis, research uptake and impact, evidence-informed policymaking and knowledge management. The aims of this training are to: (i) strengthen participants’ skills when designing, commissioning and managing quality research; (ii) assess research for the robustness and rigor of its findings; and (iii) better use and communicate research findings in order to foster programme implementation, advocacy and policy changes.

Online e-Learning Courses

Our open access e-Learning courses aim to further strengthen the capacity of UNICEF staff to generate, communicate and utilize research to improve the lives of children.

The interactive e-module on Research and evidence at UNICEF explores why research at UNICEF matters and outlines principles and approaches for conducting high-quality research that positively impacts the lives of women and children. 

The e-learning course in Ethics in Evidence Generation explores the importance of critical evidence generation at UNICEF, the principles and requirements of the UNICEF Procedure for Ethical Standards in Research, Evaluations and Data Collection and Analysis and how this applies to the work that is undertaken across the organisation.

We also deliver webinars and podcasts for UNICEF staff and global audiences and research tools on new and emerging research and related issues.  

Building an Evidence and Learning Culture across UNICEF and Partners

Innocenti is committed to build a research and evidence culture at UNICEF through the promotion of evidence roundtables and convening high-level events with thought leaders and like-minded partners  For example, alongside data and evaluation colleagues, we co-facilitate UNICEF’s annual network meeting of  ‘Data, Research, Evaluation, Analytics and Monitoring’ specialists (DREAM meeting). The event provides an opportunity for key players involved in UNICEF's activities in evidence generation, communication and use to gather together to discuss emerging trends and to exchange lessons.

Beyond this, we are working to strengthen organizational learning around evidence and to look at issues such as tools and systems, structures and mechanisms, culture and leadership and skills and capabilities through conducting activities such as an organization wide Evidence Survey on staff attitudes to and use of evidence in our decision-making.  We are also a founding member of the Multi-Donor Partnership on Organisational Learning for Development.

Increasingly, we are working to bring together partnerships across civil society, academia and government to strengthen research ecosystems including enhancing the use of evidence in policy and programming, strengthening evidence literacy and critical thinking in the countries where we work.

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