The Blueprint for Inclusive Research and
Development in Education (BIRD-E)
About the Core and Advanced Blueprint
From September 2019 to January 2022, a group of key stakeholders from research, practice, policy, federal agencies, and EdTech worked together to design a Blueprint, an open-source framework that outlines critical data elements representing education data needs in K-12 education. The main focus of the Blueprint is to improve articulation of data needs across multiple stakeholders involved in the research process, as well as allow an equitable participation in inclusive, accessible, and robust generation, synthesis, and use of research. Through the Blueprint and its toolkit, the partners can design a well-formulated research hypothesis, identify and articulate data needs to researchers, solution providers or to practitioners to compile and evaluate impact of interventions in a standardized structured manner that makes research more rapid, aligned and low cost.
All elements in the Blueprint meet one or more of the three inclusion criteria: 1) it is relevant for advancing and modernizing education research and there is wide agreement on the meaning of the element, 2) it is currently being collected with high fidelity and at wide scale, 3) it is collected currently and relevant enough to be researched more. The elements that meet all three criteria are in the Core Blueprint. The Core Blueprint is a non-negotiable critical set of elements that facilitate structured compilation of data for efficient research evaluation and help understand the impact of intervention in improving student outcomes. The Advanced Blueprint contains elements that provide the opportunity for stakeholders to conduct more nuanced research and evaluation depending on the complexity of their research needs. The Advanced version of the Blueprint is an extension of the Core with elements that are more conceptual in nature and either need complex measurement tools or are not currently collected at wide scale, but are important to advance K-12 education research.
How To Understand The Mapping
The Core and Advanced Blueprint comprise of 5 modules: Population, Family & Community, Identification, Intervention, and Outcomes.
The modules are further divided into sub-modules that are inherently similar and the main distinctions lie at the element level which is the most granular level of the Blueprint. A structured and standardized definition for all elements in both Blueprint allows for consistent measurement across different types of evaluation and research designs. Majority of the sub-modules and elements are student centered that can be aggregated up at the class, school, or district level. There is a substantial focus on the Population and Intervention modules. This is to emphasize the critical information needed to answer questions about what works for whom and how, and to help other decision makers identify interventions that would work best for their students based on the population characteristics and intervention details in the research studies that they review.
The user can toggle between the Core and Advanced to view the elements in each model. Click on the “Core” or “Advanced” to view these Blueprints elements separately. The hierarchy for the Blueprint from the highest to lowest level is module → sub-module → element.
Click on the “+” sign to expand a particular module and the sub-module to see the elements under each of these. To see the definitions of elements, select all or particular elements for review and the rows underneath will provide details on the element name, definitions, and their status of “Core” or “Advanced”. The “i” provides definitions of each module and sub-modules. Use the sorting and filtering view to view all elements within a particular module or sub-module.