The data below are based on survey data collected from an online survey administered from December 2014 to March 2016. The maps display information and profiles for 37 programs that we discovered through that surveying process. Our intention was to capture information on pilot initiatives, programs, and other activities pursued by educators and community leaders. New maps with updated data are coming in 2018. Take our survey here to help us update the maps.
“Evidence of impact” refers to evidence that the technological intervention improves children’s outcomes, adult behaviors in interacting with children, or teacher practice. Elisabeth McClure, a research fellow at the Joan Ganz Cooney Center, checked the evidence that programs provided for veracity and contacted individual programs to address discrepancies and gather more information for our analysis. The programs were sorted based on four categories:
Strong—The program has provided documentation of the results of one or more randomized controlled trials, preferably conducted by an independent research institution on the specific intervention. The study is aligned with the What Works Clearinghouse’s standards.
Promising—One or both of the following criteria have been met: The program has provided documentation of the results of an assessment of effectiveness (beyond data or user feedback, but not meeting the What Works Clearinghouse’s standards for randomized controlled trials), preferably conducted by an independent research institution on the specific intervention. The program has provided documentation of peer-reviewed evidence showing that a similar approach has worked elsewhere.
Emerging—The program has provided documentation of intervention usage and user feedback.
Developing—Research is ongoing, so no current
evidence exists or documentation of evidence is