Briefs, Papers, Tools

IIEP’s strong position in the field of educational planning largely derives from its ability to translate theory into practice, and to design context-specific approaches informed by broad international perspectives and trends.
The Institute produces a wide range of resources that support the decision-making process and tailors policy advice to the specific priorities of decision-makers.

Policy and Research Briefs (PDFs)

Policy Briefs

IIEP’s Policy Briefs is a series of reader-friendly documents that uses IIEP’s analysis and data to introduce some of today’s most pressing education policy issues. Policy briefs are written with the specific priorities of decision-makers in mind, focusing on how governments can make reform happen.


Research Briefs

IIEP’s Research Briefs represent the independent research and analysis of internal and external experts. They summarize important research results and provide up-to-date technical analysis and information on pressing education policy issues, presented in an attractive and readable format.

Education for resilience


Decentralization in education


School grants


Education Policy Series

Jointly published by the International Academy for Education (IAE) and IIEP, the purpose of the Education Policy Series is to summarize what is known, based on research, about selected policy issues in the field of education. The series was designed for rapid consultation ‘on the run’ by busy senior decision-makers in ministries of education, who need ready access to summaries of research that can improve educational policy.


Working Papers and tools

Country Notes

Drawing on IIEP’s expertise in analysing educational policy and practices, the Country Notes series captures lessons for policy and practices. These handy publications (PDF files) bridge a country’s knowledge gaps in educational planning.




Technical guidelines

  • Technical guidelines on school grants:  as part of the research programme on school grants, technical guidelines have been produced to help countries design and implement school grant policies. Intended for political decision-makers and educational planners, the guidelines present a variety of challenges and the different strategic solutions to consider from policy conception at the central level to implementation at the school level. Download the technical guidelines on school grants.
  • A series of eight short videos were also produced to accompany the guidelines. Watch the videos related to the technical guidelines on school grant policies.



Occasional Papers

The Occasions Papers series explores emerging issues and their implications for educational policy, planning and management.


Training Materials

These modules are designed as self-teaching materials and may also be used by training institutions that offer courses in educational planning and management. They draw heavily on the Institute's research experience in the field and have been tested in different IIEP training contexts.

External quality assurance: options for higher education managers

  • Module 1    Making basic choices for external quality assurance systems
  • Module 2    Conducting the process of external quality assurance
  • Module 3    Setting up and developing the quality assurance agency
  • Module 4    Understanding and assessing quality
  • Module 5   Regulating and assuring the quality of cross-border providers of higher education

   Download the English version (5 modules) >>

   Download the Chinese version (5 modules) >>

   Download the Armenian version (5 modules) >>


Quantitative Research Methods in Educational Planning


Educational planning and management in a world with AIDS

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  • Learners Guide
  • Mod. 1.1    The impacts of HIV/AIDS on development
  • Mod. 1.2    The HIV/AIDS challenge to education
  • Mod. 1.3    Education for All in the context of HIV/AIDS
  • Mod. 1.4    HIV/AIDS related stigma and discrimination
  • Mod. 1.5    Leadership againts HIV/AIDS in education
  • Mod. 2.1    Developing and implementing HIV/AIDS policy in education
  • Mod. 2.2    HIV/AIDS management structures in education
  • Mod. 2.3    HIV/AIDS in the educational workplace
  • Mod. 3.1    Analyzing the impact of HIV/AIDS in the education sector
  • Mod. 3.2    HIV/AIDS challenges for education information systems
  • Mod. 3.3    Qualitative research on education and HIV/AIDS
  • Mod. 3.4    Projecting education supply and demand in an HIV/AIDS context
  • Mod. 4.1    A curriculum response to HIV/AIDS
  • Mod. 4.2    Teacher formation and development in the context of HIV/AIDS
  • Mod. 4.3    An education policy framework for orphans and vulnerable children
  • Mod. 4.4    HIV/AIDS care, support and treatment for education staff
  • Mod. 4.5    School level response to HIV/AIDS
  • Mod. 4.6    The higher education response to HIV/AIDS
  • Mod. 5.1    Costing the implications of HIV/AIDS in education
  • Mod. 5.2    Funding the response to HIV/AIDS in education
  • Mod. 5.3    Project design and monitoring
  • Mod. 5.4    Mitigating HIV/AIDS impact on education: a management checklist


Reforming school supervision for quality improvement