Research and evaluations help to continuously improve performance and results of government and development arms, and recognising best practices is a key element of scaling up effective interventions.
A core element of UNICEF is to foster discussion on creating and improving policies that are relevant for children. The advocacy is supported by developing factsheets, dialogues, consultations, thematic studies and capacity assessments.
The number of children covered under social protection, including those with disabilities, are monitored. The child-responsiveness of the system is also measured.
The prioritised actions for child-responsive social protection include supporting the implementation of the child component of the National Social Security Strategy and to support the establishment and work of a child-focused budgeting unit in the Ministry of Finance.
UNICEF works to push the social protection agenda and target the improvement of nutrition of children, education outcomes and reinforce positive social norms, in pursuing an agenda of universal coverage, as per a principle of the SDGs.
To strengthen social protection, UNICEF works to monitor the overall situation of children, adolescents and women.
In collaboration with the government, it supports the real-time monitoring of the quality and coverage of basic social services.
Bangladesh has been a pioneer in collecting information on children, having been the pilot country for the first-ever Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS).
In 2019, UNICEF will support the Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics do develop an updated MICS survey and monitor progress in 29 SDG indicators for children and women.