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Research uptake and impact

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

Publications

Best of UNICEF Research 2019
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Best of UNICEF Research 2019

The Best of UNICEF Research is celebrating its seventh year. Once again, it showcases a collection of the best research undertaken or supported by UNICEF staff and offices around the world. The Best of UNICEF Research exercise has become eagerly anticipated throughout the organization. Staff in country offices particularly welcome the spotlight on work that helps to shape practice, programming and policy for children worldwide. 2019 marks the thirtieth anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, and we can see many pressing issues for children and young people, and for UNICEF, reflected in this year's selection of Best of UNICEF Research 2019 finalists.
Best of UNICEF Research 2018
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Best of UNICEF Research 2018

The Best of UNICEF Research initiative celebrates its sixth year. Once again, it showcases a collection of the best research undertaken or supported by UNICEF staff and offices around the world. The ‘Best of UNICEF Research’ exercise has become eagerly anticipated throughout the organization. Staff in country offices particularly welcome the spotlight on work that helps to shape practice, programming and policy for children around the world. As evidence of this engagement, the number of submissions which come from all parts of UNICEF, including National Committees continues to rise, as does the diversity of topics and methods. This year, our highlighted research projects were selected from 104 eligible submissions. All regions were represented, as were most major areas of UNICEF programming. While fields such as health, nutrition, education and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) have generally been strong areas of evidence generation for UNICEF, it is encouraging to see child protection – a relatively underdeveloped field of research – showing prominently in the submitted projects, as well as an increase in cross-sectoral research. 
Best of UNICEF Research 2017
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Best of UNICEF Research 2017

The Best of UNICEF Research (BOUR) initiative celebrates its fifth year. Once again, it showcases some of the best and most innovative pieces of research coming out of UNICEF. It reveals diversity in geography, themes and methodologies. The topics demonstrate the added value of UNICEF staff in the field identifying issues that are of relevance at national and local levels but which also have widespread application and the potential to shape the agendas of academic and policy communities. The studies demonstrate the particular capacity of UNICEF to facilitate research across multiple countries within a region, and even cross-regionally. A number of studies in this volume focus on child protection issues – a welcome addition to research in a field for which evidence is often limited or fragmented, and where the work of UNICEF has potential to drive a research and evidence agenda with global impact. Other studies focus on children in conditions of extreme vulnerability and exploitation – where issues of appropriate methods and ethical safeguards become paramount. The situation of children with disabilities is another welcome addition to the themes covered by BOUR – highlighting its growing importance on the agenda of governments and of UNICEF.
Best of UNICEF Research 2016
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Best of UNICEF Research 2016

The Best of UNICEF competition identifies a number of studies that are assessed to be of particular merit on a number of criteria: in terms of the relevance and interest of the topic and findings; the rigour of their methodology; and the potential for impact, including lessons that could inform programmes elsewhere, or the capacity for replication or scaling up. Issues covered include health, education, WASH, child protection and social inclusion. There was also a strong emphasis on qualitative and mixed methods research, demonstrating the value of rigorous qualitative studies. A number of studies selected as of special merit in 2016 involved research directly with children and there is an increasing recognition that children’s perspectives are of primary importance. There was also a welcome attention to gender in some of the studies, including research with both adolescent boys and girls.
Best of UNICEF Research 2015
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Best of UNICEF Research 2015

In 2013 the Office of Research-Innocenti initiated a competition to discover and highlight the outstanding research undertaken by UNICEF offices. This publication reports on a number of projects submitted to the 2015 Best of UNICEF Research competition which illustrate the range of research being undertaken by UNICEF staff in country and regional offices, at headquarters, and in collaboration with academic and government partners.
Best of UNICEF Research 2014
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Best of UNICEF Research 2014

In order to showcase the best UNICEF research from around the world, the Office of Research-Innocenti undertakes an annual selection process carried out across the organization: in country and regional offices, at headquarters divisions and National Committees. Following a rigorous review and selection process, a very strong group of twelve studies were short-listed from the submissions.