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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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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.
Cite this publication | No. of pages: 20 | Thematic area: Knowledge management | Tags: research methods
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.
Cite this publication | No. of pages: 20 | Thematic area: Knowledge management | Tags: research methods
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.
Cite this publication | No. of pages: 20 | Thematic area: Knowledge management | Tags: research methods
Études de cas comparatives
Études de cas comparatives

AUTHOR(S)
Delwyn Goodrick

Published: 2016 Methodological Briefs
Les études de cas comparatives sont menées au fil du temps et comparent différentes situations dans un contexte donné et entre différents contextes. Elles peuvent être sélectionnées lorsqu’il n’est pas possible de mettre en place un modèle expérimental et/ou pour comprendre et expliquer la façon dont les caractéristiques d’un contexte influent sur la réussite d’un programme ou d’une politique.
Cite this publication | No. of pages: 20 | Thematic area: Knowledge management | Tags: research methods
Estudios de caso comparativos
Estudios de caso comparativos

AUTHOR(S)
Delwyn Goodrick

Published: 2016 Methodological Briefs
Los estudios de caso comparativos se efectúan a lo largo del tiempo y hacen hincapié en la comparación en un contexto y entre ellos. Resultan convenientes cuando no es posible llevar a cabo un diseño experimental, o cuando hay una necesidad de comprender y explicar la influencia de las características del contexto en el éxito de las iniciativas del programa o política. Esta información es valiosa ya que permite adaptar las intervenciones con miras a obtener los resultados deseados.
Cite this publication | No. of pages: 20 | Thematic area: Knowledge management | Tags: research methods
Desarrollo y selección de medidas del bienestar infantil
Desarrollo y selección de medidas del bienestar infantil
Published: 2016 Methodological Briefs
Los indicadores proporcionan una señal a los responsables de adoptar decisiones ya que indican si —y hasta qué punto— una variable de interés ha cambiado. Los indicadores pueden utilizarse en todos los niveles del marco de resultados, desde los insumos al impacto, y deben estar relacionados con la teoría del cambio del programa. Los indicadores desempeñan una función importante en todas las actividades de seguimiento y evaluación, incluida la evaluación de impacto.
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Entretiens
Entretiens
Published: 2016 Methodological Briefs
La présente note passe en revue les principales questions à étudier pour planifier un entretien. Elle aborde la manière dont les données issues d’entretiens viennent compléter les informations déjà recueillies dans le cadre d’une évaluation d’impact ainsi que la question relative à la disponibilité des ressources. Cette note fournit également des conseils spécifiques pour réussir les entretiens avec des enfants, notamment concernant les questions d’ordre éthique que de telles entrevues soulèvent.
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Entrevistas
Entrevistas
Published: 2016 Methodological Briefs
Esta síntesis describe las cuestiones clave que deben tenerse en cuenta en las evaluaciones de impacto, teniendo en cuenta el propósito de la evaluación, si los datos de la entrevista tienen como objetivo complementar otros datos para valorar el impacto, y la disponibilidad de recursos. La síntesis proporciona asesoramiento específico sobre cómo entrevistar correctamente a los niños, incluido cómo abordar las cuestiones éticas que atañen en particular a las entrevistas.
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Modélisation
Modélisation
Published: 2016 Methodological Briefs

Un modèle est une représentation verbale, graphique ou mathématique de relations sociales ou économiques. Les modèles fournissent un cadre simplifié en privilégiant les liens essentiels et en ignorant certains facteurs considérés comme moins importants. Les modèles mathématiques décrivent les relations sociales et économiques sous forme de notation algébrique. Les plus simples sont les modèles à équation unique.

Cite this publication | No. of pages: 20 | Thematic area: Knowledge management | Tags: research methods
Elaboración de modelos
Elaboración de modelos
Published: 2016 Methodological Briefs

Un modelo es una representación verbal, gráfica o matemática de las relaciones sociales o económicas. Los modelos proporcionan un marco simplificado ya que se centran en las relaciones de interés fundamentales y omiten los factores que se consideran más marginales. Los modelos matemáticos describen las relaciones sociales y económicas en una notación algebraica. Los modelos más simples son modelos con una sola ecuación. Por ejemplo, la función de producción de salud en la economía expresa un resultado directo en materia de salud, por ejemplo, la tasa de mortalidad infantil en función de los ingresos, la educación femenina, la inmunización, los aportes nutricionales, etcétera.

Cite this publication | No. of pages: 20 | Thematic area: Knowledge management | Tags: research methods
Ghana LEAP 1000 Impact Evaluation: Overview of Study Design
Ghana LEAP 1000 Impact Evaluation: Overview of Study Design

AUTHOR(S)
Richard de Groot

Published: 2016 Innocenti Research Briefs

Sharing of good, practical research practices and lessons learned from development and humanitarian contexts is in high demand not only within UNICEF, but also in the broader international development and humanitarian community, ‘Impact Evaluation in the Field’ complements other methodological briefs by discussing how textbook approaches are applied in often challenging, under-resourced development contexts as well as the innovative solutions that are needed to ensure that practical demands do not compromise methodological rigour. The series will grow over time, allowing UNICEF staff and partners to share new experiences and approaches as they emerge from applied research. The overarching aim is to contribute to strengthening capacity in research and evaluation, improving UNICEF and partners’ ability to provide evidence-based, strategic, long-term solutions for children. This brief documents the impact evaluation design of the Ghana Livelihood Empowerment against Poverty (LEAP) 1000 programme which is being piloted in ten districts in two regions and targets about 6,000 households initially.

Utilizing Qualitative Methods in the Ghana LEAP 1000 Impact Evaluation
Utilizing Qualitative Methods in the Ghana LEAP 1000 Impact Evaluation
Published: 2016 Innocenti Research Briefs

Sharing of good, practical research practices and lessons learned from development and humanitarian contexts is in high demand not only within UNICEF, but also in the broader international development and humanitarian community, ‘Impact Evaluation in the Field’ complements other methodological briefs by discussing how textbook approaches are applied in often challenging, under-resourced development contexts as well as the innovative solutions that are needed to ensure that practical demands do not compromise methodological rigour. The series will grow over time, allowing UNICEF staff and partners to share new experiences and approaches as they emerge from applied research. The overarching aim is to contribute to strengthening capacity in research and evaluation, improving UNICEF and partners’ ability to provide evidence-based, strategic, long-term solutions for children. This methodological brief focuses on the qualitative component of the evaluation of the Ghana Livelihood Empowerment against Poverty (LEAP) 1000. Quantitative measures will indicate if LEAP 1000 reduces child poverty, stunting and other measures of well-being, while qualitative research explores in more depth the reasons why and how this may or may not be happening.

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