UNICEF's Office of Research-Innocenti was established in 1988 as a research centre dedicated to supporting UNICEF's advocacy for children worldwide and to identify and research current and future areas of UNICEF’s work. The prime objectives of the office are to improve international understanding of issues relating to children’s rights, and to help facilitate full implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. The office aims to set out a comprehensive framework for research and knowledge within the organisation in support of its global programmes and policies.
A current topic of research is related to children's rights in the digital age. Together with the London School of Economics and EU Kids Online, the office has launched the Global Kids Online initiative, intended to advance understanding of whether and how the Internet amplifies the risks of harm to children and how to optimize digital opportunities that contribute to children’s well-being. This will be done through an international research project aimed to develop a global research toolkit on children’s online risks, opportunities and rights.