About the UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre

The historic Istituto degli Innocenti, which houses the Innocenti Research Centre, is decorated with ceramic images of children by the Renaissance artist Andrea della Robbia.

Research into children’s issues is needed by all who seek to advance humanity by nurturing and caring for children’s progress.

The UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre is the main research arm of UNICEF. It was founded in 1988 to improve international understanding of children’s rights and promote CRC implementation in both industrialized and developing countries. It strengthens UNICEF’s research capacity and amplifies its voice as an advocate for children worldwide, identifying and examining current and future areas of UNICEF’s work and informing UNICEF advocacy and policy.

The Centre undertakes original research to:

  • monitor the changing situation of children
  • highlight the chronic and continuing gaps in child-related data
  • support and expand efforts to fill these gaps
  • influence policy decisions in favour of children.

UNICEF IRC carries out its own research, often in conjunction with other research institutions and expert UNICEF colleagues. Research results are available as publications; UNICEF IRC’s three major publications are the Innocenti Social Monitor and Regional MONEE Report, the Innocenti Digests and the Innocenti Report Card series.

The Centre also acts as a capacity-building forum for UNICEF and its partners by:

  • documenting experiences on organizational issues relating to the implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child and disseminating good practices
  • promoting debriefing of staff members whose experience may contribute to organizational learning
  • organizing and hosting seminars and expert discussions on emerging and current children’s rights issues.

In addition to providing solid data to support the goals outlined above, the Centre’s research helps to promote a new global ethic for children based on their fundamental human rights.

Go to the UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre homepage.



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