Ensuring that research produced at UNICEF is properly shared and that findings are utilized is a significant part of our mandate. The Office of Research Innocenti oversees a variety of initiatives aimed at promoting the uptake and impact of UNICEF research into policy and programming. Products are produced in a variety of formats according to audience needs with a strong preference given to open access publishing. Chiefly, 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. In addition to this, the Office commissions ad hoc independent impact case studies to determine the impact of particular research projects. Alongside the Communication Unit, we also manage web monitoring tools and services to help track the online impact of Innocenti’s research output. Additional advocacy, media monitoring and research communication initiatives are undertaken by our Communication Unit across the research teams.
Project team: Kerry Albright, Emanuela Bianchera, Alessandra Ipince, Jorinde van de Scheur, Patrizia Faustini, Kathleen Sullivan
UNICEF is increasing the attention it pays to capture the ongoing and future uptake and impact of the work that we commission. To this end, the Office of Research commissions independent impact case studies to capture the impact of particular research projects. An example has been the impact case study on ‘Changing National Policy on Violence Affecting Children in Peru’, drawing on Innocenti’s Multi-country study on the Drivers of Violence Affecting Children. A joint collaboration between UNICEF Innocenti and the University of Edinburgh, this project used Sarah Morton’s Research Contribution Framework to capture the impact of the research process as well as the research outputs themselves.
Increasingly, the Office of Research-Innocenti is seeking to find new ways to monitor the reach of its research, in order to better shape its programme strategies and influence policy change. A web monitoring service has been implemented using alternative metrics to help track the online impact of Innocenti’s research output, in collaboration with Elsevier and Plum Analytics. Plum’s software scrapes the research output published on the Innocenti website (publications, articles, blogs, videos, podcasts, presentations etc.) on a weekly basis. It then tracks the hyperlinks and monitors their usage on the web, checking for mentions in news, blogs and online policy documents, as well as social media shares, and academic citation indexes. Plum complements the web usage statistics provided by Google Analytics (page clicks) providing extra information about how research is shared and referred to in the web.