Current members The Educational Research Institute

The Educational Research Institute

Instytut Badań Edukacyjnych (IBE)



The Educational Research Institute (IBE) is an interdisciplinary research unit (supervised by the Minister of National Education) analysing the functioning and effectiveness of the education system and the labour market in Poland.

The Institute main research areas:

  • new core curriculum and subject teaching methods,
  • measurement and analysis of student educational achievement,
  • psychological and pedagogical foundations of school achievement,
  • relationship between education and the labour market, especially monitoring the situation of young people entering the labour market,
  • lifelong learning and national qualifications framework,
  • economic determinants of education, financing education and other broad issues concerning economics of education,
  • teacher working conditions, working hours, professional status and competencies,
  • institutional and legal problems concerning the education system and educational policy.

The Institute participates in national and international research projects (e.g. PISA, PIAAC, TIMSS, PIRLS), prepares reports, expert opinions and carries out advisory functions. IBE promotes evidence-based policy and practice, and, in particular, the studies whose results can be used in practice and educational policy development at both national and local levels.

In implementing its projects, IBE cooperates with ministries, research institutes, universities, local government authorities, employers and industry organisations in Poland, such as Statistics Poland, Foundation for the Development of the Education System, Central Examination Commission, National Library, as well as with institutions from abroad, among others in Australia, Azerbaijan, Austria, Croatia, Estonia, Germany, Sweden, Italy and the United Kingdom.

National / international impact

IBE is a member of the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement, it also represents Poland in ReferNet – a network of national institutions working on issues concerning vocational education and training. IBE’s specialists belong to national and international expert groups working on behalf of the European Commission and the Organisation for Economic and Development Cooperation, such as the EQF Advisory Group, ECVET Users’ Group, National Team of ECVET Experts, ESCO Maintenance Committee, and the European Commission Expert Group on Graduate Tracking. IBE implements national projects financed by, among others: the Ministry of National Education, the European Social Fund and the National Science Centre. The Institute has also been successful in securing support for international projects, among others from EuropeAid, Twinning, Horizon 2020 and Erasmus+.


Dębowski, H., Sławiński, S., Walicka, S., Poczmańska, A. & Przybylska, B. (2018), Proposed Models of Including Non-formal Sector Qualifications in National Qualifications Frameworks, Warsaw: Instytut Badań Edukacyjnych


IBE (2018), Including Non-formal Sector Qualifications in National Qualifications Frameworks. The Experiences and Solutions of Seven European Countries. Volume I: Country Reports. Warsaw: Instytut Badań Edukacyjnych