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About MOST
MOST is the only UNESCO programme that fosters and promotes social science research. This places MOST in a pivotal position in the overall promotion of UNESCO's goals.
 

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The MOST Programme, which is part of the Social and Human Sciences Sector (SHS) of UNESCO, was launched in March 1994. It was designed as a research programme to produce reliable and relevant knowledge for policy makers. The original mandate established a strong commitment to the promotion of research that was comparative, international, interdisciplinary and policy relevant. The programme was also designed to organize and promote international research networks, to give attention to capacity building and to establish a clearing house of knowledge in the social science field.

Reorientation of the Programme

In recognition of the increasing need to improve policy formulation, MOST has been reoriented, both thematically and in its modalities of operation. This was done in response to the Recommendations that were made during the 6th session of the Intergovernmental Council of the MOST Programme (February 2003) and later approved by the 166th session of UNESCO's Executive Board (see 166 EX/41 and 166 EX/Decision 3.1.4).

The new focus is on building efficient bridges between research, policy and practice. The programme will promote a culture of evidence-based policy-making – nationally, regionally and internationally.



MOST Phase II: Bridging research and policy-making

Research Contents
Regional Priority Themes for MOST Phase II

Dissemination
Extracting and disseminating policy-relevant research
Digital Library
International Social Science Directory
Policy Papers
Policy Research Tool

Networks & Coalitions
International Forum on the Social Science - Policy Nexus
Forum of Ministers of Social Development
International Coalitions in the UN Context
Cooperation with Local Authorities
Civil Society Advocacy Networks
Partners' Links

MOST Structure and Functioning
Strengthening MOST’s governance
Evaluation of MOST National Liaison Committees
Official Documents



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