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.

On this website, you can read studies completed in two key areas. These are: 

The research department also designs, implements and maintains quality assurance frameworks for the IB's schools services, and its professional development; and undertakes assessment research to inform the 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.

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] 

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. 

Contacting IB Research

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