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Research in the International Baccalaureate®

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.

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IB Research
Americas Global Centre
7501 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 200 West

Bethesda, Maryland 20814

Quick links to research studies

Programme impact studies

Jeff Thompson award studies

Quick links to research resources

IERD (International Education Research Database)

Searchable, collectively populated bibliography of research about the IB or international education.

Jeff Thompson Research Award

Incentive funding for IB World School practitioner research.