Network of Education Policy Centers (NEPC) is an international non-governmental membership organization that gathers 24 institutional members from 19 countries.

NEPC has been founded in 2006 and formally established in 2008.

NEPC members are public and civil-society organizations dealing with education at different levels from educational research and policy analysis to teacher training and school-based activities.

NEPC Secretariat, established in Zagreb in 2006, has implemented over a dozen multi-country projects addressing and exploring current issues in education, driven by the need for independent and information-based policy analyses, advocacy for equity, and effective, sustainable solutions in education policy processes in the last couple of years.

The network’s contribution to improving education policies in this region is reflected in its highly diverse project portfolio, which includes large projects involving several countries.

How we developed:

NEPC, although founded in 2006 was actually born long before the organization became official. Although still rather young, NEPC has had a challenging, yet dynamic, evolution. Its pre-history began during the symbolic shift to a new millennium, amidst new and challenging realities and paradigm shifts affecting systems of education throughout the world. From an informal group of individuals from different countries whose educational departments had formerly partnered with the Open Society Institute emerged the idea of founding an education policy network. These education sector actors felt the need to maintain and further develop strong links with other similar entities. For various reasons, these diverse stakeholders shared a powerful common desire to participate proactively in the process of educational transformation.

NEPC was born from this informal group of people sharing mutual values grounded in the belief that educational change is the key to societal change and a better future. From the collective belief that together they could make a difference, strengthened by shared enthusiasm, stamina, hope, worry, certainty and uncertainty, and maybe even some of the stereotypical romanticism ascribed to those who imagine new realities, NEPC became an official institution in 2006. Since then, sustained by dedicated collective and individual efforts and a lot of hard work, NEPC has achieved visible impacts in many of the educational systems of its members’ countries. NEPC has evolved through a number of development phases that encompass processes of reflection, debate, communication, action, success and sometimes failure.

NEPC@10 – the libretto edited for the NEPC 10th Anniversary


The vision of Network of Education Policy Centers (NEPC) is to develop into a strong formally established network of leading education policy centers, a global actor with local and regional expertise in education policy that promotes the values of an open, democratic, multicultural, and pluralistic society. Policy in our understanding involves implementation and evaluation as well as the formulation of new policies.


The mission of NEPC is promoting flexible, participatory, evidence-based, transparent education policies reflecting open society values, which mean proactive policy initiatives as well as advocacy and monitoring activities of governments and national education systems.