IPPE Project









The IPPE Project (Indicators of Parental Involvement in Compulsory Education) aims at improving the governance of education by strengthening the participation of parents. To this end indicators have been developed to measure the participation of parents in the education systems in Europe. This tool can help public authorities in orienting policy and, therefore, in managing education systems.

To avoid any controversy about the concept of participation, the consortium adopted an approach to education based on human rights both in the development of indicators, as well as in the design of the research methodology and data processing.

In the selection of indicators two studies conducted by Eurydice (1997 and 2004) have been used as a reference. In these studies, the parents' rights fall into two categories:

  • Individual rights: that include the right to information, the right to appeal and the right to choose the school they prefer for their children.
  • Collective rights: that refer essentially to the right of parental involvement in formal structures organized by the educational system.

To obtain a broad consensus on the indicators, their usefulness and relevance, meetings were held with all the relevant stakeholders in the education system of each of the countries participating in the study

  • Public authorities
  • National associations of parents of students
  • Representatives of teachers.

The primary goal of IPPE project is:

  • To define an instrument to facilitate the monitoring (definition, observation and modification) of public policies on parental involvement.
  • To become an accessible «citizen tool» which is easy to use, to support the educational stakeholders and the general public.