Research-Based Design Criteria - Product Certifications

Research-Based Design Criteria

Product Certification Criteria

CERTIFICATION AREA
PROMISED COMMITMENT
HONORABLE MENTION
CERTIFIED

RESEARCH-BASED DESIGN

The product team is committed to consulting and incorporating research findings to inform product design and to attend to the needs of the full spectrum of learners.

The product is informed using at least two research studies about how people learn that are peer-reviewed and from reputable journals. The research that has been provided is clearly related to the product design.

Research about how people learn is core to the theoretical framework that drives product design and evident throughout the product. The product team shares the research behind the design publicly.

CERTIFICATION AREA

RESEARCH-BASED DESIGN

PROMISED COMMITMENT

The product team is committed to consulting and incorporating research findings to inform product design and to attend to the needs of the full spectrum of learners.

HONORABLE MENTION

The product is informed using at least two research studies about how people learn that are peer-reviewed and from reputable journals. The research that has been provided is clearly related to the product design.

CERTIFIED

Research about how people learn is core to the theoretical framework that drives product design and evident throughout the product. The product team shares the research behind the design publicly.

Through collaboration with education leaders and educators, education nonprofit leaders, and product developers, Digital Promise created this criteria to establish a minimum standard of research use in edtech product development. This criteria directly informed the Research-Based Design product certification application.

How it works

Two assessors review each application based on the criteria established above. When both assessors agree on the appropriate category, the product receives the respective status. When assessors disagree, they meet to discuss their perspectives and come to an agreement on the status with project leadership.

The product certification process is a learning experience. To support continuous learning and improvement, we offer product developers feedback and a chance to resubmit. Only products that earn a certification will be shared publicly.

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