The center has a strong research focus and maintains an active portfolio of sponsored research projects. These projects have produced 16 major works of scholarship since 2012, including six peer-reviewed articles. See our publications.
In 2018-2019, the Center led an effort for UNICEF Belize and the Belizean National Committee for Families and Children to conduct a human-rights based Situation Analysis of children in Belize.
In 2016-2017, we conducted formative research to identify social norms that influence maternal, newborn, and child health in Ghana, in order to recommend entry points for stakeholders to reinforce positive norms and change harmful ones.
GW Cross-Disciplinary Research Fund
Over a two-year period from 2016 to 2018, the Center conducted a pilot study with the GWU Department of Anthropology to identify prevailing health factors among Central American immigrants at stages of migration from country of origin to Langley Park, Maryland.
In 2015-2016, the Center led an effort for UNICEF Jamaica to conduct a human-rights based and equity-focused Situation Analysis of children in Jamaica.
In 2015-2016, we assisted UNICEF Indonesia in a project to review and assess the effectiveness of violence prevention programs in Papua, South Sulawesi, and Central Java provinces.
UNICEF South Africa
In 2015, for UNICEF South Africa, the Center developed a comprehensive C4D strategy to address violence against children, and led an in-country workshop for implementing government and non-government stakeholders on the strategy and need for evidence-based practices.
2014 - 2017 UNICEF Long-Term Arrangement
UNICEF awarded the Center a long-term arrangement (LTA) contract for global provision of communication for development (C4D) strategic support for a minimum of three years starting in 2014. Under the LTA contract, the Center was awarded multiple awards by UNICEF country offices worldwide. One of 27 awardees worldwide (and one of four U.S.-based universities), the Center was awarded the LTA to provide expertise in three areas: (1) C4D research and analysis; (2) planning and strategy development; and (3) information and knowledge management.