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 IB programme outcomes. The IB commissions research to leading research institutions and universities around the world, and also conducts a small number of studies in-house.

The core of our work involves research on IB programmes. We conduct Outcomes research to investigate the impact of IB programmes on students, teachers and schools, and Curriculum research to support the development and review of all programme curriculum and pedagogy.

We also design, implement and maintain Quality assurance frameworks that inform the IB’s service to schools and professional development. The Assessment research department (formally part of the Assessment Division) collects and analyses data to ensure assessments are well-grounded in current understanding of best practice. We also coordinate Research services such as the Jeff Thompson Research Award.

If you'd like to learn more about our research, please contact us.


Research key findings

Read at-a-glance overviews of studies from around the world that examine the outcomes of IB programmes on students, teachers and schools. 

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Outcomes research

These studies investigate the efficacy and outcomes of IB programmes in relation to students, teachers and schools. Outcomes research also explores the implementation of programmes within specific country contexts and the effectiveness of programme changes.

Curriculum research

These studies support the review and development of all programme curriculum and pedagogy. Curriculum research contributes to curricular innovation, evaluation and alignment to continually evaluate and improve IB programmes.


Contacting IB Research

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Research resources

The Research department also coordinates research services such as the Jeff Thompson Research Award.