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United Nations Children’s Fund


HML IRB is a Global Long Term Arrangement holder for UNICEF.  As such, HML IRB has been pre-qualified to provide the following services to all ROs and COs:

Useful Documents

Please refer to these UNICEF/HML IRB guidelines in preparation for your research ethics review:

This building, the Ospedale Degli Innocenti, was Europe’s first foundling hospital.  Begun in 1419, it was also the first independent design of Filippo Brunelleschi, architect of Florence Cathedral’s dome.  The glazed blue roundels were added in 1487 and are by Antonio della Robbia.

UNICEF researchers please contact us here: unicef@hmlirb.com

These are the Materials You Will Need to Submit for Ethics Review:

  1. Research Protocol / Inception Report: abstract, specific aims or objectives, research question(s), and study design.
  2. Copies of all surveys and data collection instruments.
  3. Copy of Informed Consent document(s).
  4. Written protocols to ensure subjects’ safety.
  5. Written protocols for the protection of human subjects’ identities.
  6. Written protocols for the protection of data.
  7. Other relevant documents.


UNICEF Research Ethics and Facilitation

Office Of Research – Innocenti

The Office of Research – Innocenti is UNICEF’s dedicated research centre located at the Piazza SS. Annunziata in Florence, Italy.  It undertakes research on emerging or current issues in order to inform the strategic directions, policies and programmes of UNICEF and its partners, shape global debates on child rights and development, and inform the global research and policy agenda for all children, and particularly for the most vulnerable.


In 2013, the UNICEF Executive Board approved the ‘Revised Evaluation Policy’ to ensure that UNICEF has timely, strategically focused and objective information on the performance of its policies, programmes and initiatives.  The policy defines evaluation as “an assessment, as systematic and impartial as possible, of an activity, project, programme, strategy, policy, topic, theme, sector, operational area or institutional performance.”  All evaluations in UNICEF should follow the same guiding principles of rigour and transparency and share the same purpose of organizational learning and accountability.  

In 2015, UNICEF also approved the ‘Procedure for Quality Assurance in Research’ to guide UNICEF’s research and support quality.  As per the procedure, research is “the systematic process of the collection and analysis of data and information, in order to generate new knowledge, to answer a specific question or to test a hypothesis.  Its methodology must be sufficiently documented to permit assessment and replication.  UNICEF research should examine relevant issues and yield evidence for better programme and policy advice”.

All research activities in UNICEF should follow the aforementioned research quality procedure.  The Director, Division of Data, Research and Policy at UNICEF approved the UNICEF Procedure for Ethical Standards in Research, Evaluation and Data Collection and Analysis to guide UNICEF’s evidence generation activities and to support the integrity of UNICEF’s evidence base in order to ensure that UNICEF’s programmes, policy and advocacy activities are grounded in ethical principles and practices.  All evaluation and research/studies in UNICEF involving human subjects or analyzing sensitive secondary data should follow these ethical standards procedure.