Institutional Alliances and Partnerships in Research

ORD is a cross-sector organization, which means that partnerships and institutional relationships are at the heart of our work. 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.

Our partnerships are particularly extensive among universities and university departments in the Developing World, with whom we work to bring data on the impacts of development on young people, urban development, global studies, children & urban sustainability, the engagement of young people in communities and societies, and other areas of interest to a global audience, practice within the humanitarian and multilateral organization community, and ultimately, to the benefit of children and young people.

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.

Learn more about Research and Institutional Partnerships

Research and institutional partnerships are central to the IAYG family’s worldwide work in research and data collection. We work with institutions to collect data to be used at the forefront of global change. Through the IAYG family’s university alliances, data collection networks, and research partnerships, we work with other stakeholders in:

  • Compiling research, data, and reports on a broad range of subjects pertaining to the livelihoods of young people, their engagement in communities, access to education, pedagogic advancement, and the impact of development of young people
  • Reviewing and disseminating data for broader audiences, to the benefit of the international humanitarian community, while facilitating publication of critical development data
  • Building relationships between leading research institutions, as well as with the humanitarian community, to share resources and expertise in pursuit of broader research aims
  • Operationalizing research findings into action through partnerships across the IAYG family and its humanitarian ecosystem

We invite representatives of university departments, universities, government research institutions, and government agencies to reach out to the IAYG family to learn more about research and institutional partnerships by reaching out to Office for Research and Data-Driven Development. The Office is responsible for processing all RRI and RRD applications, and for developing relationships with government and institutional stakeholders. The Office also assists stakeholders, research partners, and independent researchers in understanding and requesting information from the IAYG family’s worldwide research and data apparatus, as well as in navigating relationships with institutions and directorates within the IAYG family system.

Partnership Mechanisms

The IAYG family’s most common mechanism for research and institutional collaboration is the IAYG Recognized Research Institution (RRI) and Recognized Research Departments (RRD). Departments, univer-sities, research institutes, and other firms with this designation work with the IAYG family on selected research and data partnerships. As part of the IAYG family’s worldwide Research and Data Development Alliances (RDDA), they can build closer relationships with other major research institutions. Additionally, they enjoy preferential access to IAYG family research and data.

Partnerships with governments are managed by the Office of the Chief Liaison for Government and Public Sector Partnerships. Learn more here

Other projects may incorporate multiple RRI, RRD partners. These partnerships are known as multilateral partnerships and can be built with the agreement of two or more RRI partners and the Office for Research and Data-Driven Development.