The IPN cooperates with a large number of prestigious institutions, both at a national and an international level.
In addition, the IPN cooperates with Kiel University in the field of professional competence in teacher training, as well as in the research-based conception of programs which make the transfer of knowledge to society possible. This work takes places at the Kiel Science Outreach Campus (KiSOC). Together with Kiel University, the IPN also runs a lab for school students: the Kiel Science Workshop (Kieler Forschungswerkstatt).
The IPN has further cooperation partners in the Leibniz Association. Here, the IPN plays a prominent role, in particular in the Leibniz Education Research Network. Bi- and multilateral cooperation takes place with partners from the Leibniz Association (Institutes in Sections A, B, and C), as well as with university and non-university research institutions. The IPN is also involved in further Leibniz Research Alliances, for example, Science 2.0 or Energiewende (Energy transition).
Further important national cooperation takes place in the field of large-scale assessments. Together with the Technical University of Munich and the German Institute for International Educational Research (DIPF), the IPN set up the Centre for International Student Assessment (ZIB), which is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and the Federal States. The centre’s focus is on methods research.
At an international level, the IPN cooperates with university and non-university research institutes in the Netherlands, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Denmark, England, Sweden, Norway, Israel, the USA, Australia, and Chile.The IPN cultivates strong connections at a national and international level through institutionalized cooperation programs with other research institutions. Such cooperation programs characterize much of the work of the IPN and enable the institute to realize large-scale projects that require collaboration with disciplines other than those practiced at the IPN. Many research results are therefore achieved in close cooperation with national and international partners.