The DIPF | Leibniz Institute for Research and Information in Education

The DIPF supports scientists, politicians and practitioners in education. The Leibniz Institute prepares, indexes and transfers knowledge for education – by combining research, transfer and infrastructures in a way that is unique in Germany. The Institute thus contributes to the success of education and to coping with challenges in the education sector.

DIPF is the centre for educational research and educational information in Germany, working in the following areas:

  • DIPF participates in educational debates with key scientific contributions. In this regard, DIPF focuses on early childhood education, instructional quality, individual support for children at risk, and effects of educational reforms.
  • DIPF delivers a broad range of innovative digital information services for the entire field of education. This comprehends reference systems, data collections, and transfer services.
  • Educational reports, comparative analyses and evaluations are prepared to ensure a scientific foundation for the improvement of quality in particular segments of the educational sector.

At DIPF, the work is interdisciplinary, nationally and internationally networked, and both fundamental as well as application oriented. The social and cultural sciences research at DIPF looks at the systemic, institutional and individual levels of educational processes. This research is based on theoretical analyses and empirical as well as educational historical findings.

Research from the areas of information science and computer science contributes to the further development of research and information infrastructures at the Institute. DIPF is user oriented and committed to observing international standards.

DIPF has been a member of the Leibniz Association since the beginning and belongs to Section A – Humanities and Educational Research. DIPF is an active member in two of the Association’s research alliances.

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