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Global Kids Online is an international network of countries conducting research into children's experiences online that aims to generate and sustain a rigorous cross-national evidence base around children’s use of the internet by creating a global network of researchers and experts. Since its inception in 2016, the GKO research programme, jointly run by UNICEF’s Office of Research – Innocenti and the London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE) in collaboration with various UNICEF country offices, has gathered evidence from over 25,000 children worldwide and has grown to include 18 countries in the network.
With a shared priority to transform evidence into meaningful action that will improve children’s digital engagement, in 2018, UNICEF and LSE commissioned Matter of Focus to conduct an independent assessment of GKO’s emerging impacts to understand ways in which the research has been taken up and used in partner countries and internationally. Whilst long-term impact may be difficult to capture within the lifespan of many research programmes, it is nevertheless possible to capture ‘intermediate outcomes’ or ‘pathways to impact’ which signpost plausible longer-term impacts.
Sarah Morton, director of Matter of Focus and lead on the impact study, will present emerging findings that will shortly be consolidated in a forthcoming report ‘Children’s experiences online: building global understanding and action.A study of the impacts of the Global Kids Online initiative’.
Sonia Livingstone (LSE) and Kerry Albright (UNICEF Innocenti) offer an introduction to GKO and the impact study. Daniel Kardefelt-Winther (UNICEF Innocenti) will be available for Q&A.
The Global Kids Online team would like to welcome you to the webinar and are eager to hear your reactions.