Research plays a central role in the development, quality assurance, and assessment of impact of IB programmes and services.

Programme impact research
The Global Research department in the Schools Division is responsible for investigating the impact and outcomes of IB programmes.

Quality assurance research
Also within the Schools Division, the department is responsible for designing, implementing and maintaining quality assurance frameworks for IB professional development and school services.

Programme development research
The Academic Division is responsible for programme development research. This research supports the development of PYP, MYP, DP, and continuum curriculum and pedagogy.

Assessment research
The Assessment Division is responsible for research that informs development and quality assurance of IB assessment practices.

The Research department also coordinates global research services such as the International Education Research Database and the Jeff Thompson Research Award.