The Institute for Educational Research and Innovation Studies was established in the year 2013 to play leading roles in educational research and innovations in the University of education, Winneba. Its mandate is to conduct research into the practice of basic education, education management and leadership, and educational policies at the institutional and national levels. The Institute’s vision is to be a Centre of Research Excellence for Educational Development in Ghana and Africa. As its mission, the Institute intends to promote a culture of research and innovation, the development of human resources in educational research, and the use of evidence-based information in the practice and formulation of educational policies.
The Institute for Educational Research and Innovation Studies is made up of three departments namely: Centre for School and Community Science and Technology Studies (SACOST);
National Centre for Research into Basic Education (NCRIBE); and Centre for Educational Policy Studies (CEPS). These departments have specific mandates as specified in the following:
- Centre for School and Community Science and Technology Studies (SACOST)
The vision of SACOST is to promote interdisciplinary research and development activities related to science and technology in indigenous, informal and formal manufacturing industries in order to improve science and technology education on the African continent. The Centre’s mission is to cultivate relevant research competence, publication proficiency and quality knowledge to link community and workplace science and technology with that of school at the pre-university level. It functions as a Pan-African Research and Documentation centre for the promotion of community science and technology in African schools.
- Centre for Educational Policy Studies (CEPS)
CEPS was set up as a reputable, interdisciplinary research-led Centre that seeks to provide in-depth understanding of the relationship between educational policy, research and practice at the institutional, national and international levels. The Centre conducts research, teaches and plays a leading role in the formulation and practice of educational policies in Ghana and elsewhere.
- National Centre for Research into Basic Education (NCRIBE)
NCRIBE was established in conjunction with the Ministry of Education and Ghana Education Service to conduct evidence-based research to inform educational policies. The main objective of the Centre is to conduct research into Basic Education and national and international audiences in the best practices in the promotion of Basic Education. NCRIBE was set up to become a centre of excellence in research into issues related to basic education delivery in Ghana. It is a documentation centre and the first point reference on issues related to basic education in the country.