The research activities include research and development projects supported by the Ministry of Education, Youth, and Sports of the Czech Republic, the Czech Science Foundation, and European structural funds. In 2006–2011, work on the integrated project of the Centres of Excellence was launched, under the name of the Centre for Basic Research on Schooling, which is co-ordinated by the institute, and which is based on close co-operation with the Institute for Research in School Education, Faculty of Education, Masaryk University in Brno (IRSE).

IRDE Prague currently conducts research work in the following areas:

  • post-socialist transformations of the educational systems in Central and Eastern Europe since the political reversal;
  • equity, inequalities, and social justice in education;
  • mechanisms and effects of early tracking in Europe;
  • school choice and students transitions to higher levels of education;
  • teaching and learning in Czech schools;
  • stability and change of Czech educational institutions (longitudinal case studies);
  • stakeholders’ opinions towards education and demand-sensitive schooling;
  • the teaching profession, support and development of teachers and school leaders;
  • curriculum policy and development.

IRDE also participated on a longitudinal research CLoSE.