A common thread that emerged from participant life stories was that the IB has the potential to powerfully shape the lives of students who participate in its programmes.

Longer-term outcomes study - The University of Melbourne


Research plays a central role in the development, quality assurance, and assessment of impact of IB programmes and services. The IB both conducts its own research and partners with leading universities and research institutions across the world.

Key findings from IB research

Whether conducted in collaboration with the IB or independently, research generally suggests that an IB education has a positive impact on schools, students and teachers. 

Read our global key findings [33 KB] , or find out more about studies in Africa, Europe, Middle East [176 KB] , Asia-Pacific [143 KB]  or the the Americas [311 KB] 

Below, you'll find key research findings for three of the four IB programmes.  

Key findings: programme specific

Primary Years Programme [33 KB] 

PYP key findings

Middle Years Programme [373 KB] 

Diploma Programme [336 KB] 

Diploma Programme core [711 KB] 

We have also developed research briefs on post-secondary educational attainment in the United States (US) [561 KB]  and on US Title 1 schools [598 KB] . Title 1 is a national programme in the US, which provides funds for schools and districts with high percentages of children from low-income families. 

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Contacting IB Research

If you're interested in working with the IB to conduct research, please email IB Research

Research resources

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