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Unicef Office of Research


UNICEF Innocenti

What it has data about


UNICEF Innocenti has multiple research project they are participating to help improve lives of children all over the world. Examples of these Researches are posted below, you can click each subtitle for a direct link to the website.

Adolescent Wellbeing: Despite great strides in improving overall child well-being, progress has been slower in key areas of adolescent vulnerability such as exposure to violence, early marriage, school dropout and unemployment, especially among adolescent girls in low and middle income countries.

The applied research programme, Social and Structural Determinants of Adolescent Wellbeing in Low and Middle Income Countries, seeks to advance knowledge on adolescent wellbeing across cultures and contexts, to shape more effective policies and address the most urgent issues.

UNICEF along with Department for International Development(DFID), the government of Italy, Swedish International Development Corporation Agency (Sida), and many other governments and institutions, are working together to improve understandings of various dimensions of adolescents’ lives.

Child rights governance:

During its history Innocenti has engaged in a number of research initiatives that have contributed to the child rights agenda. Some research strands about children rights include:

  • 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


Work in the education sector adds to the global knowledge base on what factors improve school settings, how children experience pathways through the education system, and how schools and education systems contribute to the well-being of all children.

The Transforming Schools into Learning Organisations project aims to enhance the knowledge and understanding of change management and innovation capacity within schools and other levels of school systems, and the interacting dynamics of governance and support structures. The study is being undertaken in collaboration with the Education Directorate of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).

The Sequencing in Child Well-Being study is a meta-analysis of longitudinal studies from across the globe that compare the influence of one child well-being factor on another. The purpose of this work is to open a discussion on how complementarities and co-dependence between child well-being goals might inform more wide ranging, cross-sectoral, policy responses to suites of social progress indicators/policy targets. The studies focus on pathways through education.

The Strong Schools Latin America and the Caribbean project will undertake a cross-national comparison of violence against school-children in the Latin America and the Caribbean region. The study reviews how experienced violence links to key goals for education systems (attendance, attainment and achievement), and assesses the policies and practices in the region designed to address the challenge. The study is being undertaken in collaboration with UNICEF’s Latin America and Caribbean Regional Office.

Multidimensional child poverty: 

As part of UNICEF’s continued effort to generate quality evidence on child poverty and disparities, the Multiple Overlapping Deprivation Analysis (MODA) tool has been developed with support from Division of Data, Research and Policy, to enhance the equity focus of child poverty and deprivation analyses around the world.

MODA is a child rights and child centered analytical tool that can be used to identify and quantify child deprivation in order to more precisely target those suffering multiple and overlapping deprivations. A key contributor to the equity policy agenda, this new approach analyses data from Demographic and Health (DHS) and Multiple Indicator Cluster (MICS) surveys and other sources to allow a disaggregated description of child poverty and deprivation.

The Cross-Country MODA initiative analyzes a standard set of deprivation indicators across 40 lower income countries, placing these results in an interactive platform for public analysis. The MODA approach has also been adapted to allow for comparison of living conditions of children across the European Union member states, using harmonized data from the EU-SILC .

In addition, OoR conducts and supports a number of National MODA studies (N-MODA), with the general aim to collect evidence on specific aspects of child poverty and deprivation, tailoring the method to the context of the country. N-MODAs analysis are particularly strategic in view of the SDGs, where this analysis can contribute to construct a child multidimensional poverty measure that is based on local conditions and norms.

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If you would like to read more in depth about UNICEF Innocenti and its research or need more information, the website has a separate section of all its publications. Examples and links are posted below.

Innocenti Discussion Papers 

The Discussion Papers are signed pieces by researchers on current topics in social and economic policy and the realization of children’s rights. They may discuss technical issues in a focused manner, or in a less detailed manner than Working Papers.



Innocenti Working Papers

The Working Papers are the foundation of the Centre’s research output, underpinning many of the Centre’s other publications. These high quality research papers are aimed at an academic and well-informed audience, contributing to ongoing discussion on a wide range of child-related issues. More than 100 Working Papers have been published to date, with recent and forthcoming papers covering the full range of the Centre’s agenda. The Working Papers series incorporates the earlier series of Innocenti Occasional Papers (with sub-series), also available for download.

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Research Watch

Research Watch is a multi-media scan of major children’s research themes that are just emerging, or yet to emerge, in global child rights discourse. It typically consists of video conversations and text commentaries from leading researchers intended to stimulate thinking and discussion on gaps in knowledge on children.

Data Visulaizations

This part of the site is power points from presentations

Innocenti Podcasts

Innocenti Videos

Research Facilitation:

Ethical Research and Children :

UNICEF is committed to ensuring that all research, evaluation and data collection processes undertaken by UNICEF and its partners are ethical. To this end, procedures and guidelines have been created to embed ethical principles and practices in all our evidence generation programmes.
UNICEF recognizes the critical importance of children’s voice in evidence generation and is developing tools to support and advocate for ethical evidence generation involving children.

Best of Unicef Research: 

Each year the Office of Research – Innocenti invites the global UNICEF network to share recently completed research for the Best of UNICEF Research competition. The aim is to bring attention to a vital part of UNICEF’s work that contributes to shifting policy agendas and/or has a high potential for impact on policies and programmes that benefit children. The results are disseminated in annual Innocenti catalog publications. The Best of UNICEF Research is an excellent opportunity to scan the latest (non Innocenti) research initiatives in the organization and share emerging knowledge with the development community.

Child Rights Research Tools

Handling relevant information about the Convention on the Rights of the Child was recognized as crucial by the Committee on the Rights of the Child at the first meeting in 1991.

UNICEF Office of Research – Innocenti has developed and published the International Children’s Rights Thesaurus and the Children’s Rights Glossary, to strengthen access to effective information on the rights of children and to contribute to the implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, the most ratified international treaty in the world.

The CRC thesaurus organizes, classifies and cross-references children’s rights, according to the specialized terminology used in the Convention of the Rights of the Child and carefully defined in the CRC Glossary. The e-versions of the Thesaurus and of the Glossary are integrated, both allow to skip from one tool to another to define concepts, as well as to search IRC site using that terminology.

In addition, the full texts of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, as well as of the two Optional Protocols and soon of the General Comments, have been parsed using the Glossary terms, with the result of linking each key term in those international instruments with the appropriate Glossary definition.

We hope that these tools will contribute to facilitate closer communication and collaboration among researchers, jurists and academicians, as well as wider dissemination and better understanding of the Convention on the Rights of the Child for the fulfilment of their rights globally.

What time periods it covers:

Beginning in 1988 and continuing till today.

What geographical area it covers:

UNICEF Innocenti does Research for children globally.

for which of Factistan’s issues it has relevant data

  • Education
  • Children
  • Immigrants

who collected it: 

About Us

how to use the web:

UNICEF Innocenti is easy to navigate. Everything is under the various drop menus, but if you are searching for something specific there is a search button in the top right corner.

how they present it:

data sets (spreadsheets), tables, visualizations (charts and graphs), maps

how to cite:

UNICEFInnocenti. “UNICEF Office of Research – Innocenti.” UNICEF-IRC,