CONNECT
search advanced search
UNICEF Innocenti
Office of Research-Innocenti
search menu

Compendium of UNICEF research across Eastern Europe and Central Asia now available

Comprehensive overview of evaluations from Azerbaijan to Uzbekistan on violence, justice, migration and early childhood development

(8 February 2019)  In an effort to strengthen its programmes for children, a new compendium of externally reviewed research and evaluation studies has been published by UNICEF’s Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia. The compendium of 20 recently completed, quality-assured evaluations aims to provide an overview of important new evidence from across the region.

The variety of topics covered by the compendium reflects the array of issues affecting children in the region, with most of studies dedicated to the implementation of a justice system for children (Azerbaijan, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Serbia).

Evaluations on early childhood development programmes in Kazakhstan, Montenegro, Macedonia, Serbia and Albania emphasize the need for more investment from stakeholders, policymakers and parents. Recommendations for ECD programmes across the region included to improve the targets and results architecture, encourage participation from children and empower parents, and to refine quality standards to continue to advance inclusive policies and practices across the region.

Top 20 quality-assured research and evaluations from across Europe and Central Asia are synthesized in a newly-published compendium presenting key findings and recommendations.

 

The compendium also includes evaluations on newborn survival in Uzbekistan, ending violence against children in Serbia, refugee and migrant children in Italy and Greece, as well as child poverty and child labor, and gender disparities and adolescent wellbeing across the region. 

Among cross-sectoral research reported, the evaluation of “Breaking the cycle of exclusion for Roma children through Early Childhood Development and Education” – a multi-country project in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Serbia and Albania – identified financial instability and educational level of parents as gaps contributing to the continuing cycle of exclusion for Roma children in the region. Read the report.

The studies, all of which have passed through an external quality review and received satisfactory or highly satisfactory ratings, are grouped into themes: thriving, protecting, and cross-sectoral, to facilitate the use of specific and relevant key findings and recommendations across the region.

The compendium, together with similar initiatives in other UNICEF regions,  synthesizes important research findings and collates operational recommendations and lessons learned from a variety of evaluations. Its emphasis on methodology, conclusions, and recommendations highlights the vital part of using research and evidence as a base for shifting policy agendas and for influencing policies and programmes that benefit children. UNICEF Innocenti’s Best of UNICEF Research competition, which launched six years ago and pioneered this exercise, also highlights the best research from country and regional offices.

Download the Compendium of Research and Evaluations, 2017: Quality-assured research from across Europe and Central Asia ]



Related Articles

Knowledge for Children in Africa: 2018 Publications Catalogue Published
Article Article

Knowledge for Children in Africa: 2018 Publications Catalogue Published

(4 July 2018) Each year, UNICEF and its partners in Africa generate a wealth of evidence about the situation of children. The 2018 edition of the Knowledge for Children in Africa Publications Catalogue represents the collective knowledge produced by UNICEF Country and Regional Offices across Africa. Knowledge and evidence are essential to informing the development, monitoring and implementation of policies and programmes for the realization of children’s rights.In Africa, the current demographic revolution will see the under-18 population increase by two thirds, reaching almost 1 billion by 2050. These figures underscore an urgent need for strong evidence to inform the implementation of social policies and budgets for children.The catalogue features over 130 of the most important reports and studies that UNICEF and its partners have generated on the situation of children and young people across the continent. Covering a wide range of topics - including Child Poverty; Education and Early Childhood Development; and Social Protection among others - the publication captures some of the most advanced work to support efforts by children and young people to realize their rights to survival, development and protection.The under-18 population in Africa will reach almost 1 billion by 2050.UNICEF Innocenti has contributed extensively to evidence generation efforts in Africa. Within the Child Poverty topic alone, seven reports adopt Innocenti’s MODA tool for measuring multi-dimensional child poverty. A vaccinator records the number of children who have been immunized against polio by a vaccination team in Juba, South Sudan. Commenting on this, Social and Economic Policy expert Lucia Ferrone, notes an increase in efforts to track and measure child poverty in more African countries over recent years. “It’s great to see so many countries not only join the measurement, but also embrace UNICEF’s measure of child multidimensional poverty,” says Ferrone. “MODA was the first measure used to assess child poverty in the Sub-Saharan Africa region, revealing that as many as 67% of children were multidimensionally poor. Now, countries are using MODA to adapt their national needs and priorities.”"It’s tremendous to see countries like Mali proceed on the second round of child poverty measurement since 2014."Many studies in the catalogue explore the area of Education and Early Childhood Development. Despite considerable progress towards the goal of universal primary education, "high school drop-out rates, low levels of school readiness, poor learning outcomes, and high levels of teacher absenteeism continue to plague many African states," notes education expert Despina Karamperidou. "Generating high quality evidence on the magnitude and underlying causes of negative education outcomes is the first crucial step in addressing them through the development of education policies and programs that are both context specific and culturally sensitive.""Generating high quality evidence is the first crucial step in addressing negative outcomes"UNICEF contributes to this effort by investing in three types of research projects, outlined in detail in the catalogue: (1) tools development for the measurement of education outcomes, (2) quantitative mapping and assessment exercises, and (3) qualitative causal analyses. Karamperidou comments that "collectively, these studies provide an evidence base on the major education challenges besetting the continent and a real opportunity for improving the efficiency and effectiveness of African education systems."The catalogue aims to more effectively disseminate knowledge and evidence being generated in Africa for key African constituencies working on children’s rights and development, and promote improved south-south learning exchange among countries. This third edition of the catalogue adds to the fast-growing evidence base on the situation of children in Africa.  Download the full catalogue.

Publications

Best of UNICEF Research 2018
Publication Publication

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.