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Best of UNICEF Research 2021
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Best of UNICEF Research 2021

Best of UNICEF Research showcases the most rigorous, innovative and impactful research produced by UNICEF offices worldwide. While evidence highlights emerging issues, it also informs decisions and provides policy and programme recommendations for governments and partners to improve children’s lives. This ninth edition brings together 11 powerful studies from around the world and across the five Strategic Goal Areas. How do South Asian youth feel about entering the world of work? What is the effect of climate-related hazards on access to healthcare? How has COVID-19 affected children and their families in the Republic of Moldova? With social and economic inequalities increasing and progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals lagging, rigorous research – answers to these questions – has never mattered more.
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COVID-19: Missing More Than a Classroom. The impact of school closures on children’s nutrition
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COVID-19: Missing More Than a Classroom. The impact of school closures on children’s nutrition

In 2019, 135 million people in 55 countries were in food crises or worse, and 2 billion people did not have regular access to safe, nutritious and sufficient food. COVID-19 has exacerbated these hardships and may result in an additional 121 million people facing acute food insecurity by the end of 2020. Further, since the beginning of the pandemic, an estimated 1.6 billion learners in 199 countries worldwide were affected by school closures, with nearly 370 million children not receiving a school meal in 150 countries. The paper presents the evidence on the potential negative short-term and long-term effects of school meal scheme disruption during Covid-19 globally. It shows how vulnerable the children participating in these schemes are, how coping and mitigation measures are often only short-term solutions, and how prioritizing school re-opening is critical. For instance, it highlights how girls are at greater risk of not being in school or of being taken out of school early, which may lead to poor nutrition and health for themselves and their children. However, well-designed school feeding programmes have been shown to enable catch-up from early growth failure and other negative shocks. As such, once schools re-open, school meal schemes can help address the deprivation that children have experienced during the closures and provide an incentive for parents to send and keep their children, especially girls, in school.
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Théorie du changement
Théorie du changement

AUTHOR(S)
Patricia Rogers

Published: 2016 Methodological Briefs
Une théorie du changement explique comment les activités sont censées produire un ensemble de résultats qui contribuent à la réalisation des impacts finaux prévus. Elle peut être élaborée pour tous les niveaux d’intervention : événement, projet, programme, politique, stratégie ou organisation.
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La teoría del cambio
La teoría del cambio

AUTHOR(S)
Patricia Rogers

Published: 2016 Methodological Briefs
La «teoría del cambio» explica cómo se entiende que las actividades produzcan una serie de resultados que contribuyen a lograr los impactos finales previstos. Puede elaborarse para cualquier nivel de intervención, ya se trate de un acontecimiento, un proyecto, un programa, una política, una estrategia o una organización.
Cite this publication | No. of pages: 20 | Thematic area: Knowledge management | Tags: research methodology
Critères d’évaluation
Critères d’évaluation

AUTHOR(S)
Greet Peersman

Published: 2016 Methodological Briefs
Les critères d’évaluation précisent les valeurs qui seront utilisées dans une évaluation. La présente note aborde spécifiquement leur utilisation dans les évaluations d’impact (études qui fournissent des informations sur les effets à long terme d’une intervention ; voir la Note n° 1, Présentation de l’évaluation d’impact), bien que ces critères puissent être utilisés dans différents types d’évaluation.
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Criterios de evaluación
Criterios de evaluación

AUTHOR(S)
Greet Peersman

Published: 2016 Methodological Briefs

La evaluación se basa en una combinación de hechos y valores (principios, atributos o cualidades que se consideran intrínsecamente buenos, deseables, importantes y de utilidad general por ejemplo «ser justos con todos») para calibrar el mérito de una intervención (es decir, de un programa o una política). Los criterios de evaluación especifican los valores que se emplearán en esta.


 

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Logique d’évaluation
Logique d’évaluation

AUTHOR(S)
E. Jane Davidson

Published: 2016 Methodological Briefs

Par définition, l’évaluation répond à des questions évaluatives, c’est-à-dire des questions portant sur la qualité et l’intérêt. C’est ce qui justifie l’utilité et la pertinence des évaluations par rapport à une simple mesure d’indicateurs ou de simples résumés, observations et histoires.

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Razonamiento evaluativo
Razonamiento evaluativo

AUTHOR(S)
E. Jane Davidson

Published: 2016 Methodological Briefs

Una evaluación responde, por definición, a una serie de preguntas evaluativas, es decir, preguntas sobre la calidad y el valor. Por ese motivo, las evaluaciones son mucho más útiles y pertinentes que la mera medición de indicadores o los resúmenes de observaciones y narraciones. Los responsables de las decisiones recurren con frecuencia a ellas cuando tratan de dilucidar cómo pueden aprovechar los puntos fuertes y hacer frente a los puntos débiles.

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Approches participatives
Approches participatives

AUTHOR(S)
Irene Guijt

Published: 2016 Methodological Briefs

L’utilisation d’approches participatives dans le cadre de l’évaluation d’impact consiste à impliquer les parties prenantes, particulièrement les participants d’un programme ou les individus concernés par une politique, dans certains aspects du processus d’évaluation. Le terme « approches participatives » recouvre plusieurs types de participation qui diffèrent de par leur nature, leur objet, leur méthode et l’identité des individus dont la participation est souhaitée.

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Enfoques participativos
Enfoques participativos

AUTHOR(S)
Irene Guijt

Published: 2016 Methodological Briefs
Al aplicar enfoques participativos en la evaluación de impacto, se involucra a los interesados —en especial a los participantes en un programa o a los afectados por una política determinada— en aspectos concretos del proceso de evaluación. El término comprende un conjunto amplio de tipos de participación, que divergen en el significado de «participación», los sujetos que intervienen y los aspectos en que toman parte y cómo lo hacen.
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Essais contrôlés randomisés (ECR)
Essais contrôlés randomisés (ECR)
Published: 2016 Methodological Briefs

L’essai contrôlé randomisé (ECR) est une méthode suivie dans le cadre de l’évaluation d’impact. À partir d’une population admissible, cette méthode permet de sélectionner de façon aléatoire le groupe expérimental qui bénéficiera d’une intervention programmatique ou politique et le groupe contrôle qui servira de point de comparaison. L’ECR permet d’évaluer dans quelle mesure les impacts escomptés sont obtenus.

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Ensayos controlados aleatorios
Ensayos controlados aleatorios
Published: 2016 Methodological Briefs
El ensayo controlado aleatorio es un método de evaluación de impacto en el que la población beneficiaria de la intervención del programa o la política y el grupo de control se eligen de manera aleatoria entre la población que cumple los criterios. Evalúa en qué medida se están alcanzando los impactos específicos planeados.
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Méthodes et modèles quasi expérimentaux
Méthodes et modèles quasi expérimentaux
Published: 2016 Methodological Briefs
Les méthodes quasi expérimentales identifient un groupe témoin qui doit être aussi proche que possible du groupe expérimental au niveau des caractéristiques initiales (préalables à l’intervention). Le groupe témoin permet d’identifier les résultats qui seraient survenus si le programme/la politique n’avait pas été mis(e) en œuvre (c.-à-d., la situation contrefactuelle). Cette méthode permet de prouver que le programme (ou la politique) est bien à l’origine des différences de résultat entre le groupe expérimental et le groupe témoin.
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Diseño y métodos cuasiexperimentales
Diseño y métodos cuasiexperimentales
Published: 2016 Methodological Briefs
Los diseños cuasiexperimentales identifican un grupo de comparación lo más parecido posible al grupo de tratamiento en cuanto a las características del estudio de base (previas a la intervención). El grupo de comparación capta los resultados que se habrían obtenido si el programa o la política no se hubieran aplicado (es decir, el contrafáctico). Por consiguiente, se puede establecer si el programa o la política han causado alguna diferencia entre los resultados del grupo de tratamiento y los del grupo de comparación.
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Learning at a Distance: Children’s remote learning experiences in Italy during the COVID-19 pandemic
Publication Publication

Learning at a Distance: Children’s remote learning experiences in Italy during the COVID-19 pandemic

Italy was the first country in Europe to implement a nationwide lockdown. Children and their families lived in nearly complete isolation for almost two months. Students missed 65 days of school compared to an average of 27 missed days among high-income countries worldwide. This prolonged break is of concern, as even short breaks in schooling can cause significant loss of learning for children and lead to educational inequalities over time. At least 3 million Italian students may not have been reached by remote learning due to a lack of internet connectivity or devices at home. This report explores children’s and parents’ experiences of remote learning during the lockdown in Italy, drawing on data collected from 11 European countries (and coordinated by the European Commission’s Joint Research Center). It explores how children's access and use of digital technologies changed during the pandemic; highlights how existing inequalities might undermine remote learning opportunities, even among those with internet access; and provides insights on how to support children’s remote learning in the future. *** L'Italia e’ stata il primo paese in Europa ad aver applicato la misura del lockdown su tutto il territorio. I bambini e le loro famiglie hanno vissuto in quasi completo isolamento per circa due mesi. Gli studenti hanno perduto 65 giorni di scuola rispetto ad una media di 27 negli altri paesi ad alto reddito del mondo. Questa interruzione prolungata rappresenta motivo di preoccupazione, in quanto persino interruzioni piu’ brevi nella didattica possono causare significative perdite nel livello di istruzione dei ragazzi e portare col tempo a diseguaglianze educative. Almeno 3 milioni di studenti in Italia non sono stati coinvolti nella didattica a distanza a causa d una mancanza di connessione ad internet o di dispositivi adeguati a casa. Questo rapporto analizza l’esperienza della didattica a distanza di ragazzi e genitori in Italia durante il lockdown, sulla base dei dati raccolti in 11 paesi europei (e coordinati dal Centro comune di ricerca della Commissione Europea). Studia il cambiamento nell’accesso e nell’uso delle tecnologie digitali dei bambini e ragazzi durante la pandemia; mette in evidenza come le diseguaglianze esistenti possano diminuire le opportunità offerte dalla didattica a distanza, anche tra coloro che hanno accesso ad internet; e fornisce approfondimenti su come sostenere la didattica a distanza di bambini e ragazzi in futuro.
Vite a Colori: Esperienze, percezioni e opinioni di bambinə e ragazzə sulla pandemia di Covid-19 in Italia
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Vite a Colori: Esperienze, percezioni e opinioni di bambinə e ragazzə sulla pandemia di Covid-19 in Italia

Il rapporto Vite a Colori racconta le esperienze, percezioni ed opinioni di un gruppo di adolescenti sul primo anno di pandemia di Covid-19 in Italia cercando di comprendere le loro esperienze e punti di vista, attraverso le loro parole. La raccolta dati si è svolta tra febbraio e giugno 2021 con 114 partecipanti tra i 10 e i 19 anni, frequentanti le scuole superiori del primo e del secondo ciclo di 16 regioni italiane. Bambinɘ e ragazzɘ che si identificano come LGBTQI+, minori stranieri non accompagnati (MSNA) e adolescenti con background socioeconomico svantaggiato sono stati deliberatamente inclusi nel campione interessato dalla ricerca

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