The Regional Institutes for
Educational Research (Istituti Regionali di Ricerca Educativa, or IRREs) operate
in the framework of the actions planned by the Ministry of Education, University
and Research, and by the Regional Education Offices.
The IRREs provide support to schools and to other agencies of the Administration,
notably through research in the educational and pedagogical fields, and through
in-service training programmes for educational staff. To this end, the IRREs co-operate
with the National Institute for Documentation of Innovation and Educational Research
(Istituto Nazionale di Documentazione per l¹Innovazione e la Ricerca Educativa,
INDIRE), with the Universities and other educational agencies, and with the National
Institute for the Assessment of the Educational System (Istituto Nazionale di
Valutazione del Sistema dell¹Istruzione, INVALSI).