PEP selected to provide UNICEF’s research quality assurance services

March 2020

PEP has been selected as the sole provider of UNICEF’s global research quality assurance services. 

UNICEF has selected the Partnership for Economic Policy (PEP) to establish and implement a global quality assurance mechanism and a technical advisory service, following an international call for proposals. PEP is contributing to UNICEF’s efforts to ensure all the research that UNICEF commissions or undertakes meets high quality standards and is consistent with UNICEF’s ethical principles and procedures. 

Through a long-term agreement, PEP will be the sole provider of UNICEF’s research review services. Under this agreement, PEP will establish a standardized approach to research that is also flexible enough to adapt to the different needs and capacities throughout UNICEF. Senior PEP researchers from the Global South and PEP Resource Persons will play a significant role in conducting these reviews. 

“This is an important development for PEP as the organisation moves beyond providing capacity building. It also attests to the quality of PEP’s work globally,” said Prof. Jane Mariara, PEP Executive Director.

PEP is collaborating with researchers from the Alliance for Human Development (AHD) to develop the mechanism. Dr. Marie-Claude Martin, the Director of Global Initiatives at the AHD and a former PEP Board Member, is leading the project, and particularly the launch and operationalisation of the review mechanism.  

“Assuring the quality of UNICEF’s research will provide a unique opportunity to strengthen the global evidence base on issues relating to children,” said Dr. Martin.

The review mechanism and advisory service will build on PEP’s research and capacity building expertise in developing countries, including many years of collaboration with UNICEF. PEP’s work with more than 1000 researchers since 2002, combined with its international nature, ideally position the organisation to understand the local context within which UNICEF research is conducted, while also situating the research within the broader body of relevant literature worldwide. 

Photos from top: Dr. Abdoulaye Seck, a PEP
Research Fellow, is contributing to this activity;
Dr. Marie-Claude Martin, project leader


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