Best of UNICEF Research and Evaluation 2020: Goal Area 1 - Every child survives and thrives

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  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


Every year, UNICEF showcases quality research and evaluations for children through Best of UNICEF Research and Most Influential Evaluations. For 2020, the UNICEF Office of Research – Innocenti and the UNICEF Evaluation Office have joined forces to produce a single publication awarding reports with a high potential for impact on policies and programmes that benefit children.

Submitted by UNICEF offices from around the world, the reports analyse the changing world around us and evaluate progress towards a better world. In the current global political climate, evidence, facts and objective assessment are needed more than ever to help enhance the rights and well-being of the world’s children, and to reimagine a better future for every child.

The Best of UNICEF Research and Evaluation 2020 showcases 18 finalists grouped according to UNICEF's five goal areas, as well as those who cover multiple goals. Download the full report or scroll through summaries of the winning entries below.


Goal Area 1: Every child survives and thrives 

Every child has the right to grow up healthy and strong. And yet, poverty, the environment, malnutrition and inaccessible or inadequate care, maternal health and nurturing practices prevent millions of children from surviving and thriving. Three reports explore what can be done to ensure children live a healthy and fulfilled life, which is especially relevant amid the COVID-19 pandemic.



How was evidence used to reshape early childhood development policies in Nepal?

Evaluation of the National Early Childhood Development Program

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What was the impact of the Birth Registration Programme in Nigeria?

Impact Evaluation of the UNICEF Supported Birth Registration Programme in Nigeria 2012-2016

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What can community perspectives bring to Ebola virus disease preparedness in Uganda's border districts?

Strengthening community linkages to Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak preparedness in Uganda: Anthropological research on the socio-cultural context of EVD in the most-at-risk districts in Uganda.

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