Social and Economic Policy

Analytical tools and resources

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UNICEF develops and compiles analytical tools to help advance child rights in upstream social and economic policy work. Through this website, child rights advocates and UNICEF’s staff gain access to resources for social and economic policy work, including working papers, working briefs, guides, empirical methodologies and applied examples of evidence-based policy analyses. UNICEF's main objectives are to:

1. Produce analytical tools that could generate empirical evidence on the links between socioeconomic conditions, public policy and child outcomes;
2. Use analyses to help fine-tune policy advice and advocacy to reflect upon the impact of economic and other types of shocks as well as different policy reforms on child poverty;
3. Leverage data and analyses into partnerships and the development of institutions and policies that support national strategies to advance child rights.

The documents and publications featured provide evidence and information for policymakers and child rights advocates during, or in anticipation of, a crisis or policy reform. Budget and policy observatories and tracking initiatives are featured, providing a wide range of approaches and a menu of tools for social and economic policy work.

For a complete list of documents and publications, please visit:

Featured analytical tools and resources:

Strategies to Avoid the Loss of Development Potential in more than 200 Million Children in the Developing World Patrice L. Engle, et al.
Cost of Immunization Programmes in the Next Ten Years World Health Organization 2005
State of the World's Children 2005: Childhood Under Threat UNICEF 2005
Finance Development Invest in Children Division of Communication



Inquiries and submissions

Inquiries on the different tools and initiatives, as well as possible contributions to the documents and publications pages are encouraged. Write to socialpolicy@unicef.org.