In its conceptualization and execution, this project intends to align itself as closely as possible to internationally agreed-upon frameworks and standards such as the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the Millennium Development Goals. In this way we hope to examine against a standardized measure the performance of the Islamic Republic of Iran in meeting the needs of its children.

The data that we use for this purpose are both qualitative and quantitative.

Qualitative data:
Qualitative data consist of interviews with Iranian children collected by Iranian children’s rights activists as well as first-person recollections of life under the Islamic Republic.

Quantitative data:
Quantitative data, where available, are drawn from publicly available estimates published by organizations such as UNICEF and the World Bank. Where appropriate, data from official government sources may be incorporated. While it must be recognized that all sources of quantitative data are subject to certain biases, data produced by government entities under dictatorship are particularly likely to be unreliable.

We have also experienced considerable difficulty in obtaining recent, nationally-representative population and health data that are disaggregated by relevant strata such as age, sex, region, and economic status. In many cases we have been forced to rely on data that are about 10 years old, whereas the preference would be for more recent data. At the time of the launch of this site (November 20, 2009) we had been unable to obtain data from Iran’s 2000 Demographic and Health Survey or from Iran’s 2006 Population and Housing Census. If we eventually obtain these data, we will update the statistics and analysis presented here.

Finally, it should be noted that the lack of accurate, publicly available data disaggregated by appropriate strata is a keen indictment of the IR Iran’s lack of transparency and unwillingness to take ownership of the failures of its government.


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