During its history Innocenti has engaged in a number of research initiatives that have contributed to the child rights agenda, adding new insights, perspectives and tools (see our archive). Some of the more recent research strands related to child rights and governance include the following:
- Independent human rights institution for children: This research program has studied the role of independent human rights institutions for children as national accountability mechanisms supporting the protection of child rights, identifying their main features and conditions that contribute to their effectiveness.
- The Best Interest Principle in Intercountry Adoption: This research has analysed issues underlying the best interests principle, with a view to identifying how to strengthen its application in inter-country adoption.
- Governance and policy coordination: UNICEF identifies coordination as a determinant of results for children, alongside other governance issues such as budgeting, management and legislation. Field-based research, focusing on birth registration and on Ghana and Peru as two country cases, has studied formal and non-formal coordination mechanisms in the public sector with a view to identify entry points for change to strengthen implementation