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Research uptake and impact

17 May 2018
Doing impact evaluation in a remote region of Ghana

Ensuring that research produced at UNICEF is shared and findings are used is a significant part of our mandate. The Office of Research-Innocenti oversees a variety of initiatives to promote the uptake and impact of UNICEF research in policy and programming. Products are produced in various formats according to audience needs, with a strong preference given to open access publishing.

Best of UNICEF Research

The office runs the Best of UNICEF Research annual competition, seeking to identify, reward and further promote the best research efforts across UNICEF’s 190+ offices. 

Impact case studies

To capture the uptake and impact of our work, the Office of Research commissions independent  impact case studies to capture the impact of particular research projects. For example, the impact case study on Changing National Policy on Violence Affecting Children in Peru draws on Innocenti’s multi-country study on the Drivers of Violence Affecting Children. Read more about the study.

The 2019 study, Children's Experiences Online: Building global understanding and action, captures the international impacts of the Global Kids Online network, with three detailed case studies from Uruguay, Bulgaria, and Ghana.

Monitoring online research impact

UNICEF Innocenti continuously monitors the reach of its research to better shape its programme strategies and influence policy change. Plum Analytics tracks the online impact of Innocenti’s research outputs by scraping the research output published on the Innocenti website, tracking the hyperlinks, and monitoring their usage on the web (e.g. news and online policy documents), as well as social media shares and academic citation indexes. Plum complements the web usage statistics provided by Google Analytics providing extra information about how research is shared and referred to in the web.


Project team: Kerry Albright, Emanuela Bianchera, Alessandra Ipince, Jorinde van de Scheur, Patrizia Faustini, Kathleen Sullivan, Nilam McGrath, Celine Little, Cristina Pizzolato