A collection of tools and resources to design and conduct pilots, analyze their collected data, and potentially negotiate and purchase edtech tools. Tools are actionable (templates, surveys, etc.) while Resources are references (publications, websites, etc.).

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Research Guidelines for the ESSA Era From Software & Information Industry Association

The Education Technology Industry Network, a division of the Software & Information Industry Association commissioned Empirical Education Inc. to provide guidelines for research given the accelerated development of cloud-based technology and the important policy changes brought about by the ESSA.


Ed Tech RCE Coach: Think About How You’ll Use Results From Mathematica Policy Research, Inc

This worksheet will help you think about the steps to take after receiving pilot results.


Ed Tech RCE Coach: Craft Your Research Question From Mathematica Policy Research, Inc

This document guides you through a formulaic process to craft a good research question, an essential first step in conducting a pilot.


Ed Tech RCE Coach: Determine Your Approach From Mathematica Policy Research, Inc

This decision tree will help you determine the best research design for your school or district’s goals.

Ed Tech RCE Coach: Understand Types of Evidence From Mathematica Policy Research, Inc

A detailed resource about different types of studies and evidence, designed for districts seeking to evaluate the effectiveness of educational technologies.


Ed Tech RCE Coach From Mathematica Policy Research, Inc

The Ed Tech Rapid Cycle Evaluation (RCE) Coach is a tool that guides you, step by step, through an evaluation of educational technology in your school or district.


SDP Strategic Use of Data Rubric From Harvard CEPR

This rubric was developed to provide direction and support to educational organizations in their efforts to transform data use.


Pilot Planning Checklist

A checklist to help you plan for a successful edtech pilot.


Sample Timeline Tool

Timeline recommendations for planning edtech pilot


West Ada Workflow Chart From West Ada

A flowchart from West Ada School District for piloting and determining whether to purchase an edtech product.