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Capacity building

Capacity Building

The Office of Research supports a range of capacity building activities to help UNICEF staff and partners appraise, commission, undertake, communicate, and use research on child rights.

Research Management and Methods Training

UNICEF Innocenti delivers in-person training to UNICEF staff, National Committees, and partners. The training covers topics necessary for the successful planning, management, communication, and use of research. Module include: sources and use of evidence; research governance; ethics and quality assurance; writing terms of reference; research methods and statistics; critical appraisal skills; evidence synthesis; research uptake and impact; evidence-informed policymaking; and knowledge management.

e-Learning Courses

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. 

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 UNICEF's work.


UNICEF Innocenti designs interactive toolkits to enhance development practitioners’ capacity in research methods when conducting research with children. Toolkits include: Research briefs and a webinar on conducting research with adolescents in LMICs; an Impact Evaluation Series covering the building blocks of impact evaluation, strategies for causal attribution, data collection and analysis methods; a toolkit for Researching Children’s Internet Use; and Child Rights Research Tools.

Building an evidence and learning culture across UNICEF and partners

Innocenti is committed to building a research and evidence culture at UNICEF through evidence roundtables and high-level events with thought leaders and partners. We co-facilitate UNICEF’s annual network meeting of  ‘Data, Research, Evaluation, Analytics and Monitoring’ specialists, bringing together key players in UNICEF's evidence generation, communication, and use.

We are working to strengthen organizational learning around evidence through activities such as an organization wide Evidence Survey on staff attitudes to and use of evidence in 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 partners 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.


Project team: Kerry Albright, Shivit Bakrania, Jorinde van de Scheur, Emanuela Bianchera