Large-scale assessments in education have become a well-established means of providing researchers and policymakers with high-quality data. However, the generation of accurate data relies on rigorous implementation of standardized procedures for data collection, and complex methodologies requiring sound knowledge of correct data analysis and data interpretation practices.


Our dedicated workshops offer you and your organization or research team opportunities to develop or extend your knowledge and skills in these areas. They are continually developed to cater to various audiences and cover a large variety of topics, responding quickly to the latest research possibilities. All our workshops are conducted by either experienced IEA staff or renowned external experts.

Each workshop combines lectures and tutorials on methodology with opportunities for participants to apply and practice what they have learned. Instructors give advice and feedback to participants, and encourage exchange and collaboration among them. Every participant that completes one of our workshops will receive a certificate.

We conduct regular workshops at international research conferences and in collaboration with the IERI Institute ( We are also happy to provide tailored workshops, designed to meet your organization’s requirements. Workshops on demand are generally hosted by our research institute in Hamburg. Download our workshop brochure or click here to see the list of upcoming workshops.

Our training services include:

  • Providing learning about the fundamentals of large-scale assessments
  • Developing and enhancing skills in data collection and data management
  • Developing and enhancing skills in implementing large-scale assessments
  • Developing and enhancing skills in analyzing statistical data
  • Providing advice and guidance on interpreting, writing up, and disseminating research findings (the principles and practice of scientific/research writing)

Capacity building

Our team of consultants can help you build research skills capacity among the stakeholders in your organization or education system who want or need to participate in international comparative studies or develop national assessments focused on monitoring educational outcomes.

What do our trainees and trainers have to say about our training courses? 

Open Lectures

Here you can find links to open lectures on various topics held by our staff members.

Using large-scale assessment data for secondary analysis, by Andres Sandoval-Hernandez.

The importance of sampling in educational surveys: how does sampling influence the quality of results? by Sabine Meinck.

Learning in schools: individual, classroom and school factors, by Agnes Stancel-Piątak.

Cross-national comparison of school effectiveness factors: empirical application of the dynamic model of educational effectiveness, by Agnes Stancel-Piątak.

Youth future civic participation in Europe: differences between the East and the rest. Results from the International Civic and Citizenship Education Study (ICCS) 2009, by Plamen Mirazchiyski. 

Our IDB Analyzer Video Tutorials

The IEA has developed a special statistical software tool that can be used to correctly analyze large-scale assessment data, such as TIMSS, PIRLS, PISA and beyond. You can download this tool from here. Please find below links to video tutorials explaining the use of the software.

Introduction to the IDB Analyzer

Working with correlations

Working with percentiles 

Working with percentages and means

Working with logistic regression

Working with linear regression

Working with benchmarks

For further information about our training services, please contact:

Dr Sabine Meinck   +49 40 48500 750 – randa [at]