In February 2018, Bellwether released a white paper making the case that policy professionals can create better education policies by using human-centered research methods because these methods are informed by the people whose lives will be most affected. Design Methods for Education Policy is a new companion website that curates 54 human-centered research methods from organizations like IDEO, Stanford’s Hasso Plattner Institute of Design, and Nesta that are particularly well-suited to education policy work.
The methods are organized by phases of a typical education policy project to help professionals scope a project, conduct research, analyze data and generate insights, develop solutions, and share recommendations. Each method has a brief description about how it can be applied to education policy work. The website also contains 29 additional resources — research papers, case studies, and articles — so readers can dive deeper into the topic of human-centered policy design. Check out the full resource at designforedpolicy.org.