Center on International Education Benchmarking

International Resources: Research Centers

Organizations | Conferences | Research Centers | Comparative Education Associations | Comparative Reports


Comparative Education Research Centre, The University of Hong Kong (CERC)

CERC undertakes comparative education research projects with a focus on the Asia-Pacific region. CERC is also the host of several seminars on this topic as well as an annual conference, and publishes articles and book series on comparative education studies and education in developing Asian countries.


Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER)

ACER is a research group focused primarily on the Australian education system, although some of their research projects do involve collaboration and comparison  with other education systems in the Asia-Pacific region. Their site hosts a number of  their publications and general news about Australia’s education system and policy.  ACER also develops assessments for Australian schools.

National Center for Vocational Education Research (NCVER)

NCVER is a research organization specifically focused on vocational education and training in Australia. They collect data, manage the national VET competitive grants program and work with corporations on employee training. The NCVER website also serves as a repository for other reports on vocational education and training from around the  world.

Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA)

ACARA is responsible for developing Australia’s national curriculum and assessment frameworks as well as diagnostic data collection and reporting  programs. They run Australia’s primary student assessment, the National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN).  Reviews and reports regarding NAPLAN and other national assessments, as well as links to sample curricula, are available on their site.


Eldis – Education

Eldis is a development policy group whose website hosts more than 26,000 documents on  a range of topics. The education section is a compilation of documents on  international education systems, policies and problems, and is searchable by issue area.


The Eurydice network is a component of the European Union Executive Agency on Education, Audiovisual and Culture. It provides information, including statistics and educational system summaries on 37 national units based in 33 countries as well as publishing comprehensive comparative studies, data and indicators on these education systems.

Danish Accreditation Institute (ACE)

ACE seeks to establish a uniform network of accreditation in higher education institutions across Europe, viewing Europe as a single education market. They are a member of the European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education.

Danish Evaluation Institute (EVA)

Although the EVA is focused on evaluating and developing the quality of Danish schools, they have taken on international comparative projects (particularly among  the Nordic countries), and also complete school evaluations outside of Denmark.

European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training (CEDEFOP)

CEDEFOP is an agency of the European Union. Their focus is on the promotion and development of vocational education and training in member nations. Briefing notes, policy recommendations and reports based on CEDEFOP  research are all available on their site.

European Training Foundation (ETF)

The ETF is an agency of the European Union dedicated to developing the education  and training systems in several European non-European countres. Their main activities are seminars, focus  groups and studies carried out in participating countries, after which the ETF makes recommendations to those countries’ policy-makers. The site provides general  information on a number of topics of interest, including access to education, lifelong  learning and school and teacher development as well as ETF’s own publications and policy briefings.

German Institute for International Educational Research (DIPF)

The aim of the German Institute for International Educational Research (DIPF) is interdisiplinary and international analysis of education trends. DIPF maintains an online library, hosts workshops and promotes young academics.

National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER)

Based in the UK, NFER is an educational research institute. Their research is often  commissioned by the British government at national and local levels and used to inform policy decisions. Major research topics include closing the education gap and instituting a world-class education system in Britain.

South East European Educational Cooperation Network (SEEECN)

SEEECN works in partnership with the Centre for Educational Policy studies at the University of Ljubljana and KulturKontakt in Vienna, and is a regional network of education policymakers and analysts with a common goal of improving education in 11 southeastern European countries. SEEECN maintains a library of curriculum  information, legislation, policy documents and reviews and reports for many, primarily European, education systems.

The University of Munich Ifo Institute for Economic Research

The Ifo Institute is a think tank for European economic policy. They conduct applied  economic research and perform policy consultations for public and private sector organizations. Their working papers on topics such as Human Capital and Innovation are available for download.

Qualifications and Curriculum Development Agency (QCDA), UK

Until the government announced its intentions to close the QCDA in May 2010, the  organization developed the national curriculum and assessments for England and  Northern Ireland. Their website provides resources on a number of topics, including  assessments, curriculum and qualifications.
Their online materials are now archived here.


National Center for Education Statistics International Activities Program

The National Center for Education Statistics is a component of the US Department of  Education’s Institute of Education Sciences. In their International Activities program, the NCES tracks US participation and ranking in a variety of international  assessments, including PISA.

TIMSS and PIRLS International Study Center at Boston College

The TIMSS and PIRLS International Study Center serves as the international hub for the International Education Association’s assessments. The center furnishes information about TIMSS and PIRLS participating countries and entities, data from previous assessments and international reports.

Columbia University Teachers College Center on Chinese Education

This center promotes educational exchange between China and the US, and a better understanding of the Chinese educational system. The center hosts seminars for and by Chinese education leaders, invites Chinese education researchers and faculty to be visiting scholars, and conducts research on topics such as migrant worker access  to education, the internationalization of higher education and education finance.

Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education (SCOPE) – International Policies and Practices

SCOPE runs a number of research projects on international education policies and  practices, ranging from an analysis of teacher and leader effectiveness in high- performing education systems to a colloquium on achieving equity through innovation in both the US and Canada. They maintain links to a number of their own  papers and blog posts, as well as to other external pieces relevant to the topic.

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