Our Research - Product Certifications

Our Research

Digital Promise’s product certifications project engages with research in multiple ways.

  • We conduct alpha testing with product teams to improve product certification applications. Our team collects qualitative and quantitative feedback from product teams to ensure a smooth application process.
  • We conduct pilot studies to test the impact of the product certifications as a signal to indicate product quality with education leaders, coaches, and educators. The results of these studies are used to improve and guide current and future product certifications. After each pilot study, Digital Promise will publish a report to share findings with the field.
  • We intend to regularly collect qualitative data from education leaders, educators, and education nonprofit leaders to inform the Product Certification Criteria.

Designing Edtech that Matters for Learning: Research-Based Design Product Certifications

Noakes, Sierra, Richendollar, Tyler, Xiao, Wendy, & Luke, Christina (Digital Promise, 2020)
By developing product certifications aligned to educators’ top priorities, we hope to add transparency and accountability to the edtech industry. Learn how we are working to achieve this vision in our latest report.

Market Signals for Research-Based Innovations

Noakes, Sierra & Luke, Christina (Digital Promise, 2019)
Download the new report on our product certification efforts, Market Signals for Research-Based Innovations, to learn more about Digital Promise’s inaugural product certification.

Designing for Learner Variability: Examining the Impact of Research-based Edtech in the Classroom

Tare, Medha & Shell, Alison R. (Digital Promise, 2019)
Download the new report to learn more about our recent study examining the efficacy of translating research-based educational strategies into a widely-used literacy edtech platform to support learner variability.

Learner Variability Is the Rule, Not the Exception

Pape, Barbara (Digital Promise, 2018)
Each of us go to school with a backpack filled with very different experiences that we draw from to master content, create meaning, work in groups, share our voice, and achieve our potential. This report defines learner variability and explains that understanding and addressing our differences will, in fact, help us be confident learners in school and beyond.

Using Research in Ed-Tech: How ed-tech companies use research to make better products

Simone, Christa & Gross, Kelsey (Digital Promise, 2017)
Check out what Digital Promise, in collaboration with Teachers College, Columbia University, learned after issuing a call for developers to tell us how they use research. Download the report to learn more.

Explore Digital Promise’s Research

Digital Promise contributes to the education and learning sciences field by publishing research, implementation, and evaluation studies. Our reports on topics of interest—including learner variability, maker education, and family engagement—put us in conversation with policymakers and thought leaders on the issues facing education leaders today.

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