How to measure the participatory right of parents in your region or country?

IPPE Indicators:

Indicators are one of the possible ways to check and assess the level of commitment and efforts of public authorities to guarantee the rights of parental involvement into education. They are also interesting for measuring the results obtained.

This concerns specific information that make possible the analysis of an activity or a result in which human rights are at stake and reflect concerns and principles relating to them.


Below, we propose a questionnaire that allows parents and anyone who might be interested to measure their level of participation in his/her state or region.

Objectives of the evaluation questionnaire of the right of parental involvement.

  1. Reflect on the possibilities and limits of in schools, in order to improve the level of knowledge of these participation rights.
  2. Knowing about the personal situation of parents regarding the four identified basic rights, to ensure quality in educational participation.
  3. Promote conditions for good governance in educational policy, which includes: information, transparency, accountability, participation and responsibility.
  4. Facilitate benchmarking of particular situations with that of various countries of the European Union. See paragraph "Geoparticipacion"
  5. Develop proposals to improve educational participation (training activities, creation of resources, etc.) in accordance with the needs or the opportunities that have been identified.

Instructions related to the use of the questionnaire.

  • In order to use the questionnaire correctly, four tables were made to write down the scores assigned to the indicators for each of the rights discussed.
  • When assigning marks, it is important to keep in mind the rating scales associated with each category of indicators (e.g. complete, partial, or no information) and set their level based on factual evidence to justify their value. Each of these values matches a numerical rating.
  • The total sum of scores assigned to each category of indicators related to one right will constitute the final grade assigned in the end.
  • Finally, it should be noted that the scores which a region or country can obtain through the questionnaire are subject to significant variations depending on the educational context where participation takes place and also when the self-assessment is accomplished. Thus, the results may give only an approximate idea of the current state of parental involvement in a particular area of compulsory education.