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Ricerca per l'innovazione della scuola italiana

INDIRE’s mission is to enhance the quality of educational research and improve the educational offer of the Italian school system.

In this historic moment characterised by educational poverty, increased problems connected to the social issue of inclusion, the impoverishment of many segments of the population with inevitable repercussions on the participation of many young people in school life, educational research is even more essential and requires a refined methodology. INDIRE responds to the need for this type of research by accepting many requests for engaged research, that is, institutional research, coming from the Ministry and from the schools.

INDIRE’s programming and strategy are consistent with national and international research policies, with the strategies of the European funding programme for research and innovation Horizon2020 and with the new Framework Programme for European research “Horizon Europe”. These policies relate directly to the guidelines contained in the National Research Programme (PNR).

Research is an asset that must be supported by accessible and usable results, in order to become concreate and tangible. To respond to this commitment, INDIRE is called upon to support the best third mission actions consistent with research: to activate processes and tools to support researchers in the dissemination of research knowledge; develop technologies that facilitate the transfer of knowledge on the territory; facilitate research groups that cooperate with businesses, local authorities etc.


INDIRE’s priorities for the three-year period 2022-2024

The strategy for the next three years is aimed at the following objectives:


  • enhancing the existing lines of research
  • creating new lines of research to respond to the need to qualify the productivity of the institution
  • strengthening relations with universities
  • increasing the internationalisation capacity
  • contributing to strengthening the training of research staff and technologists
  • engaging the scientific community to rethink the activities planning policy in relation to the new requirements introduced by Legislative Decree no. 80 of 2021.


The strategic areas of intervention

Starting from the analysis of educational and training needs and the development of international research, the areas being developed are the following:

  • Disciplinary didactics
  • Transversal didactics
  • Learning environments
  • Learning architectures
  • Training of school staff
  • Tertiary vocational training
  • Adult education


The analyses of international research, together with that of the National Recovery and Resilience Plan (NRRP) – which finds in the 2030 Agenda an articulated and coherent reference framework for its planning and evaluation – and the 2022 Official Guidelines of the Minister of Education lead to consider other areas for strategic intervention:


  • Construction of an international research database
  • Construction of a database of educational practices
  • Early childhood education 0-6
  • Educational guidelines for primary education
  • Civic education
  • STEAM area
  • Ecological literacy
  • Digital literacy
  • Teacher training

To achieve the general and strategic objectives, the research is organized in 12 Research Structures and in a Technological Area.

The Three-Year Activity Plans (Piano triennale delle Attività – PTA) are available in the “Transparent Administration” section of this site at the following link:  www.indire.it/amministrazione/documenti-di-programmazione-strategico-gestionale.