This technical report describes the results of the first year of data collection in Ireland, which is part of a comparative EU study in six countries to measure the impact of school inspections on teaching and learning in schools. A survey to principals in primary and secondary education was used to analyse if inspection resulted in positive changes in the quality and innovation capacity of the school, and whether the schools experienced unintended consequences of school inspections. Principals were also asked about potential intermediate processes that precede the research outcome variables: setting of expectations, acceptance and use of feedback, promoting self-evaluations, and actions of stakeholders. These mechanisms are expected to mediate responses of schools to school inspections.
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