Education.org Evidence Synthesis Portal
Accelerating evidence-based policy in education
Digital transformation, Change management, Strategic planning
Background & Objectives
Understand the nuancebetween healthcare and education and apply lessons learned from other initiatives.
Design an organizationalproduct strategy and future state, adapting innovative approaches from other industries and organizations.
Design workflows and productsto create systematic reviews at scale.
Test the approachthrough a prototype and pilot on the topic of Accelerated Education Programmes.
How can we design an innovative approach to systematic reviews in education to improve evidence-based policymaking decisions?
What was the big project question?
How did we work through the challenge?
Upon reviewing sector landscapes and conducting interviews with leaders from comparator organisations, we determined that our overall approach to building a new, comprehensive and first-in-the-market solution should be grounded on three key organisational principles: simplicity, flexibility and a commitment to doing good work. For Education.org to achieve the success it so desired it must be guided by these three principles:
- Keep it simple and focus on efficiency and doing fewer things well with the available resources.
- Embrace diverse thinking and new practices by embedding a design thinking approach into all aspects of the project strategy, management and implementation.
- Prioritise impact and practicality over perfection to be more agile in implementing systems that can get more evidence to more people quickly.
Inception Report: Developing the solution’s concept
With conclusions and ideas stemming from the research phase, we developed an inception report that served as a bridge between the initial concept of the opportunity and the operational and strategic guidance for the future Blueprint and pilot of the Synthesis platform. It was an internal document that posed ideas that were provocative, encouraged broader thinking and provided a starting point for future discussion. Upon input, feedback and acceptance from the Education.org team, this Inception Report guided all efforts used to develop the Blueprint and prototype of the solution.
Blueprint Report: Defining the strategy for implementation
Building upon the Inception Report, we began a collaborative process with Education.org to define the strategic, operational, and stakeholder engagement guidance for the build and roll-out of the Synthesis process and the supporting structures required for its success. We conducted weekly design thinking workshops and sessions to design a process for the implementation of an integrated solution that efficiently took advantage of Education.org’s current resources and defined steps and a plan to scale the initiative in the future to ensure supported decision makers in a timely, useful manner.
Prototype: Launching and Testing the Solution
Run in conjunction with the Blueprint Report, Education.org worked on the first Synthesis prototype focussing on accelerated education. This topic was chosen in part due to the need to advance our collective understanding of accelerated learning to support the global response to losses in education due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Education.org went through all the steps of the process laid out in the Blueprint Report in order to engage stakeholders and launch the first Synthesis products for the benefit of education policymakers who are looking to make more impactful decisions when responding to accelerated learning challenges.
The visual design of the Synthesis Portal prototype was adapted from Education.org’s brand guidelines, with some tweaks and additions to create a comprehensive UI framework. We chose familiar user interface elements (checkboxes, dropdowns, breadcrumbs, tabs, etc.) Colour and type hierarchy are used to direct users attention, and create an intuitive path through the prototype.
What were the outcomes?
We supported the Education.org team in launching the first iteration of their Synthesis Portal and products solution focused on accelerated learning. Upon feedback and revisions, we also laid out the future strategic and operational implementation path for the initiative, resulting in the first ever solution in the education sector to offer reliable evidence in an accessible, timely and useful way to decision makers.
To see the first launch of the evidence synthesis products released in 2022, please visit: https://education.org/accelerated-learning
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