Best of UNICEF Research and Evaluation 2020: Goal Area 2 - Every child learns

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  • SDG 4 - Quality Education

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 2: Every child learns 

Every child has the right to an education and quality learning opportunities from early childhood to adolescence. And yet, a range of factors – including geographic location, economic circumstances, gender, disability, low-quality teaching and schools, disruption from conflicts and other shocks – prevent millions of children from learning. Three reports showcase how this goal can be achieved around the world—from East Africa, to Latin America, to Central Asia.



How did a pilot programme evaluation influence El Salvador to scale up early childhood interventions nationwide?

Triple “E” (Educación y desarrollo Integral de la Primera Infancia, Empoderamiento de familias y jóvenes, Entorno protector comunitario)

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Can accelerated school readiness programmes help to prepare Mozambique’s children for primary education?

Evaluation of the UNICEF Mozambique Accelerated School Readiness Pilot Programme

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What factors are associated with positive primary education outcomes in Uzbekistan?

Student Learning at primary grades in Uzbekistan: Outcomes, Challenges, and Opportunities

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