About the Office for Research and Data-Driven Development

The IAYG family is committed to research that drives results. The IAYG family’s worldwide data and research operations, conducted in close collaboration with the IAYG family’s research alliances and partner institutions, drive action and commitments to expanding global opportunity for young people. We collect data and conduct research relating to global opportunity, access to global education, child participation, and opportunities for youth leadership based on one singular goal: to improve outcomes for children and youth everywhere.

The Office for Research and Data-Driven Development (ORD) is the IAYG family’s institution-wide organizing body for research and the collection of data related to global education, opportunity, and engagement of children and youth. Our research and data initiatives are always focused on advancing progress for young people, and the output of research and data across the IAYG family is intended to support the entire humanitarian community.

ORD is a cross-sector organization. While some research is conducted directly by the Office, we leverage broad-based partnerships with academic institutions, university departments, national statistics bureaus, and our government partners to generate better data that reaches more people. These partnerships combine resources and expertise across multiple stakeholder bodies to better advance the status of young people, advance the field, and generate data that directly translates to action. Thanks to the IAYG family’s commitment to data, we can operationalize research and data into practice on a global scale.

With respect to the importance of data in driving better outcomes and informing future progress, the IAYG family additionally supports government partners in the collection of relevant, trusted data on the engagement and education of children and youth.

Most IAYG family research is related to our primary sectors of work: specific metrics on global education, access to opportunity, societal influences, and community engagement with regard to young people. Additionally, we direct research initiatives towards cross-cutting issues in the humanitarian sector, including gender equality and responses to humanitarian crises. The Office also works closely with the Office for Innovation in Global Opportunity to inform groundbreaking advances in how the IAYG family’s institutions, organizations, partners, affiliates, and initiatives serve young people. 

We believe that high-quality, trusted data in the hands of societal actors drives action. We’re committed to ensuring that research and data from the IAYG family are reliable and relevant, and all data is subject to continuous review, especially when compiled in partnership with other stakeholders.