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:
- Programme impact research, which investigates the implementation and impact of IB programmes.
- Programme development research, which supports the development and review of all programme curriculum and pedagogy.
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.
Key findings from IB research
Whether conducted in collabration with the IB or independently, research generally suggests that an IB education has a positive impact on schools, students and teachers.
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]
We have also developed research briefs on post-secondary educational attainment in the United States (US) [561 KB] and on US Title 1 schools [668 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.
Annotated research bibliographies
You may also be interested in our annotated research bibliographies, which look at:
- research on the IB from 2014 [33 KB]
- research on the IB from 2013 [209 KB]
- research on the IB from 2012 [598 KB]
- research on the IB from 2011 [373 KB]
- research on the IB from 2010 [131 KB]
Contacting IB Research
If you're interested in working with the IB to conduct research, please email IB Research.