Innovation, Data, and Experiments for Education (IDEE)

The Innovation, Data, and Experiments for Education (IDEE) initiative seeks to foster the use of large-scale experimental methods among a large number of researchers in France.

IDEE is a long-term investment in developing the research infrastructure (équipement structurant pour la recherche (EquipEx)) to support world-class experimental education research in France, as part of the French government’s goal of increasing the international visibility of leading French research labs. The project aims to make France a leader in driving experimental innovations in education by providing researchers with the right resources to facilitate the use of large-scale experimentation. Anchored by the Ecole Normale Supérieure/PSL and led by J-PAL Europe at the Paris School of Economics, IDEE brings together a multidisciplinary group of leading researchers and labs from economics, sociology, psychology, educational sciences, and cognitive sciences.

IDEE consists of three pillars:

Improving access to administrative data: Facilitating access to administrative data on education that will make research in this field simpler, less costly and more secure.

Developing and sharing innovative measurement instruments: Making available state-of-the-art equipment and new protocols to enable the implementation of innovative measurement instruments that are easy to replicate at low cost.

Anchoring a network of partners: Tools to facilitate new links and exchanges between schools, educators, researchers and the central administration, to promote and facilitate the launch of high-quality experimental research. 

With funding from the French National Research Agency (Agence Nationale de la Recherche, ANR), IDEE will run for 8 years (2021-29).

Key Facts

Sector: Education
Office: J-PAL Europe
Directors: TBC
Contacts: TBC


IDEE’s strategic vision will be guided by a Steering Committee uniting members of all the key partners under the scientific direction of Marc Gurgand (Scientific Director, J-PAL Europe). 

Job Opportunities


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 and higher education 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
  • SciencesPo Paris, 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
  • CNRS

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