Netherlands Initiative for Education Research (NRO)
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Netherlands Initiative for Education Research (NRO)

The Netherlands Initiative for Education Research (Dutch acronym: NRO) has been established to reduce the gap between scientific research and educational practice. NRO will counteract the fragmentation of resources for educational research and will provide a coherent long-term programme for scientific research.

NRO will realise the scientific research programming on the basis of questions from educational practice, educational policy and science. NRO will encourage teachers, school managers, school boards and policy makers to make greater and more frequent use of research results. Therefore these parties will also be involved in the realisation of the programmes, the assessment of research projects and the realisation of the research.

NRO will focus on two types of activity:

  • Developing and realising coherent research programmes in the area of education (from before school care and school education through to university);
  • Connecting research with educational practice.

There are three types of programme within educational research: fundamental, policy-oriented and practice-oriented. NRO is also developing research programmes that will intersect with or overarch these three types of research. The current Dutch Programme Council for Educational Research (PROO) and the Policy-Oriented Research Primary Education (BOPO) that previously fell under the responsibility of NWO will be transferred to NRO.

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NRO’s mission

The Netherlands Initiative for Education Research (NRO) coordinates the programming and funding of research into education. It facilitates the use of research results in educational practice and policy. By doing this NRO contributes to innovations and improvements in education.