Innovation, Data and Experiments in Education (IDEE)

The Innovation, Data and Experiments in Education (IDEE) initiative helps education researchers produce actionable evidence in France by facilitating access to administrative data, providing research resources and measurement tools, and structuring partnerships with policy-makers and practitioners.

IDEE is a long-term investment to develop the infrastructure for experimental research in education, aiming to make France a leader in the field. The IDEE consortium brings together a multidisciplinary group of leading researchers and labs from economics, sociology, psychology, educational sciences, and cognitive sciences, coordinated by the Ecole Normale Supérieure/PSL and led by J-PAL Europe at the Paris School of Economics.

IDEE consists of three objectives:

Improving access to administrative data: Promote and facilitate researchers’ secure access to administrative data on education in order to reduce data-collection costs and strengthen the impact of research in education.

Developing and sharing innovative tools and protocols for experimental research: Purchase, develop, and document innovative measurement instruments, survey tools, resources for analysis, as well as legal and administrative protocols, in order to strengthen the quality and lower the cost of experimenting.

Developing and sustaining a network of partners: Facilitate new links and exchanges between education practitioners, policy makers, and researchers, to launch high-quality experimental research and promote the use of evidence in policy and practice. 

The IDEE team stands ready to support researchers across the different steps leading to a high-quality experiment.

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IDEE is funded for a duration of 8 years (2021-2029) by the French National Research Agency (Agence Nationale de la Recherche, ANR) under the program "Investissements d'avenir" with the reference "ANR-21-ESRE-0034".

Key Facts


Sector: Education
Office: J-PAL Europe
Scientific Director: Marc Gurgand / Director: Francesco Avvisati


Partnership Manager: Lou Aisenberg

Research Manager: Quentin Daviot

Research Manager: Adrien Pawlik

Data Manager: Léon Marbach

Participating Organisations

IDEE will run in partnership with the French Ministry of National Education (Direction de l'Évaluation, de la Prospective et de la Performance (DEPP)). It will be delivered by six research institutions:

  • Paris Sciences et Lettres, home to the Ecole normale supérieure (ENS) and its Department of Cognitive Sciences (DEC)
  • Paris School of Economics, home to J-PAL Europe
  • Sciences Po, home to the Laboratoire interdisciplinaire pour l’Evaluation des Politiques publiques (LIEPP)
  • Université Grenoble Alpes, and its Laboratoire de Recherche sur les Apprentissages en Contexte (LaRAC)
  • The Atomic Energy Commission, home to the NeuroSpin lab
  • Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS)

IDEE’s strategic vision will be guided by a Steering Committee, which brings together members of all the key partners, under the scientific direction of Marc Gurgand. IDEE’s activities will also be informed by a Data Users’ Committee.

In addition, IDEE will involve a broader network of French and international stakeholders interested in promoting experimental research in education.

Partnership Opportunities

There are several possibilities to get involved in strengthening the evidence base in education. For information on how to support and contribute, please contact: Francesco Avvisati and Lou Aisenberg.

Job Opportunities

We are recruiting our new Administrative and Communications Associate. To apply, please see the job description here.

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