UNICEF State of the World’s Children 2019 Consultation with Children


Published by UNICEF since 1980, The State of the World’s Children report seeks to deepen knowledge and raise awareness of key issues affecting children. In 2019, State of the World’s Children report examined adolescents’ and mothers’ experiences of food and nutrition. The Young and Resilient research team, in partnership with UNICEF, designing the methodology and analysed the results from The State of the World’s Children workshops held in 18 countries. The workshops used a distributed data-gathering process used previously in a range of international, child-centred research and child consultation projects, including for The State of the World’s Children 2017 report. The process engaged representatives from UNICEF country offices and national committees to deliver five-hour, face-to-face workshops with adolescents aged between 14 and 16 (although a number of participants were older or younger than this), and with mothers of babies and infants who were still receiving complementary feeding. The workshops used a range of creative activities to elicit responses from participants.

Training and Data Collection Methods

You may download our Workshop Facilitators' Manual and our Nutrition Specialist Field Guide to have a closer look at our approach.

Criteria for selecting facilitators to run distributed data gathering with children

Analysis Tools

We're excited to announce we will soon be sharing our Coding Guide, so keep an eye on this space! To receive an alert as soon as it is published, please contact Nukte Ogun and we'll make sure you're among the first to find out.



Professor Amanda Third

Dr Catharine Fleming

Dr Girish Lala

Ms Lilly Moody

Professor Virginia Schmied

Ms Georgina Theakstone





June 2019 – June 2020

Project website: State of the World's Children 2019