From Research to Action

Using Knowledge to Accelerate Progress in the Elimination of Child Labor and Forced Labor
Project Duration:
August 2018
August 2021
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The Research to Practice (RTP) Project applies rigorous research methods in an effort to accelerate global action against child labor and forced labor. The project seeks to help policymakers and practitioners access relevant research and evaluation tools, identifies key knowledge gaps, and facilitates the development of a global research agenda to guide new policy-relevant research efforts. To that end, the project also seeks to broaden and diversify the researcher pool, increasing both the number and capacity of researchers working to shed light on these abusive labor practices.

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The Problem

A proliferation of international data and research on child labor and forced labor over the past two decades has not always translated into more effective policies and programs to combat them.

Policymakers cannot always readily access key information that can drive decision making. Even those who can may lack awareness of existing research tools, including survey methodologies and statistical resolutions. Infrequent dialogue between the scientific community and policy makers and practitioners further hinders progress.

Meanwhile, more highly-trained researchers from a broader range of disciplines are needed to conduct timely, policy-relevant research that can close the evidence gap and capture the full complexity of child labor and forced labor worldwide.

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Our Strategy

The project tackles the accessibility challenge by collecting and validating research, tools, and data and making them more readily available to policymakers and practitioners.

To address knowledge gaps, the project brings together policymakers and researchers to develop a global research agenda and country-level plans.

Finally, the project grows and diversifies the pool of researchers studying child labor and forced labor issues by providing research grants and expanding access to research awards. For researchers already working on these issues, the project improves access to and the quality of professional training.

Grantee: International Labor Organization (ILO)
Contact Information:
(202) 693-4843
Office of Child Labor, Forced Labor, and Human Trafficking (OCFT)