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Ricerca per l'innovazione della scuola italiana
Innovazione metodologica nell’Istruzione degli Adulti

Excellent CPIAs: from success to replicability

Tipo di ricerca: Osservativa
Ambito: Ricerca endogena

In recent years, close to the reform (see Presidential Decree no. 263 of 2012 “Guidelines for the transition to the new system” of 2015), INDIRE oversaw the implementation of the monitoring of the activities carried out by the newly born CPIAs, analyzing the outcomes of both structural interventions (law no. 107 of 2015, as per Ministerial mandate) and those financed through the PAIDEIA National Plan. After more than 5 years, the focus has been shifted from the monitoring of the results to that of impact, in order to deepen the research from a qualitative point of view and bring out the most interesting aspects of the educational practice carried out in the now over 130 Italian CPIAs. The new objective that Structure 9 has set itself is therefore to identify the “hottest” themes of the CPIA universe and to group the CPIAs themselves according to the identified themes, generating a cluster map which, in addition to being the new focus of research, had the dual function of bringing out excellence and driving the other Centers towards excellence. For each of the 6 thematic clusters identified, a panel of best performers was defined, made up of the first 10 CPIAs that achieved the highest values ​​with respect to the set of selected indicators. These 6 panels are currently at the center of a qualitative analysis that aims to bring out the key success factors, in order to design a possible improvement model potentially transferable to all the others.


Processing of the data obtained from the previous National IdA Monitoring for specific purposes and for the improvement of the models already in place (ref. Performance Plan 2021).

Research questions

Q1 What are the structural and organizational factors that contribute to determining the success of a CPIA compared to the others?

Q2 Is it possible to define a quality model that can be extended to the entire Italian adult education system?


Head teachers, teachers, researchers, students and other stakeholders