Responsible Sharing

Educator or Education Leader responsibly and effectively communicates key findings from a pilot study to stakeholders.
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About this Micro-credential

Key Method

The educator or education leader interprets data, identifies key findings, and communicates evidence-based recommendations with a broader audience.

Method Components

  1. Reflect on the data in relation to the study goal.
  2. Review the pilot goal to reflect on the purpose of the pilot. Consider the stakeholders involved (students, teachers, parents, etc.) and the types of data that have been collected. Next, examine the analyzed data to begin to create meaning—the findings. 

  3. Consider the audience.
  4. Determine which audience(s) have a stake in understanding the findings of this analysis. There could be multiple audiences, such as educators and school board members. Consider the level of detail that is important for each potential audience. Does each group of stakeholders need to know the same information? What information about how the innovative program was implemented will the audience need to interpret the findings? Would educators prefer to understand the curricular changes but school board members be more concerned with cost and reach? Tailor information for content that is most relevant to each audience.

  5. Ensure your findings and recommendations are supported by your data. 
  6. Review your summarized findings and recommendations to ensure your claims are supported by the data you collected, and that limitations are clearly stated (see Reporting Research Findings in resources for help thinking through how to report data and findings appropriately and accurately). For example, if you report that reading comprehension improved for students who used a particular innovative program, be sure to clarify what other factors might have contributed to this outcome. 

    Focus on supporting any claims with other sources of valid evidence. For additional guidance, use Digital Promise’s tool, Evaluating Studies of Ed-tech Products, to focus on aligning claims with appropriate data findings. 

Research & Resources

Supporting Research


Submission Requirements

Submission Guidelines & Evaluation Criteria

To earn the micro-credential, you must receive a passing evaluation for Parts 1 and 3. You must receive a “yes” in all parts submitted in Part 2. 

Part 1. Overview Questions

(300-word limit)

Review your pilot goal or research question and how the results of the pilot will be shared. (Completing Part 1 before working on Part 2 is advised.)

  • Describe the pilot:
  • Identify the pilot goal or research question.
  • List the types of data collected (student pre-post survey results about attitudes toward technology; student pre-post assessment scores; educator pre-post survey results about student engagement; educator focus group results about district readiness to pilot; etc.)
  • Select the groups involved in the pilot (students, grades, teachers, district leaders, parents, etc.)
  • Pilot Results
  • Briefly summarize the results of the pilot.

Part 2. Work Examples / Artifacts

To earn this micro-credential, please submit a document with the following data analysis and plan to share the findings. Use the following questions as a guide:

Submit the report or presentation you intend to share or have shared with colleagues or stakeholders who will make a purchasing, implementation, or scale-based decision. Include your final, evidence-based recommendation as well as information that addresses the following:

  • Who will you present the pilot findings to? Are any particular pieces of information especially important to the intended audience? 
  • Based on the data, what do you recommend for next steps? Did students benefit from the use of the program or product? What happens if you do not continue its use? If you do continue use, should you scale it differently? 
  • How can you integrate the pilot findings into the presentation or report to use evidence to support your recommendations? 
  • What are the limitations in your study? How should those affect the use of your recommendation? What are the next steps?

Part 3. Reflection

(200-word limit)

After you identified strategies to communicate key findings, write a reflection that addresses the following:

  • Did this process differ from the way you typically present findings? If so, how?
  • How will you determine whether an edtech tool or innovative program is being used successfully in the future?
  • Did this change your thinking about who pilot-study results should be shared with and/or who should be involved in a pilot?
  • Do you have plans to use data analysis and communication strategies to negotiate licenses and prices with vendors? If so, please elaborate.

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Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0)


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Requirements for Responsible Sharing
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