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Why

ICEIE is a not-for-profit organisation ​established to respond to the missing ​code of practice for certifying “what ​works” in educational technologies ​globally.


The ICEIE aims to provide clear ​evidence of the learning value of ​educational resources according to a ​multidimensional impact evaluation ​framework.



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Schools, districts, procurement teams, parents, and decision-​makers want to know which educational technology (EdTech) ​works best for their children. Various quality questionnaires, ​badges and certifications, marketing claims, and customer metrics ​exist to determine the educational value of an EdTech solution.


In response to the absence of a standardized code of practice for ​certifying educational technologies and the clear demand for such ​a certification worldwide, we developed a fair, streamlined and ​standardized approach based on internationally consolidated ​benchmarks of evidence.


We are the only independent, international and research-based ​EdTech certification in the world.


The ICEIE certifies educational companies that have evidence of independently produced research with their products.


Launched at BETT 2024

Examples of certifications and standards included in our efficacy and effectiveness evaluations


The ICEIE emerged from an international research endeavoraimed at aligning diverse ways of documenting evidence and ​impact in education. It established a system of alignment among ​various evaluation frameworks, evidence badges, certificates, ​and research studies based on the weight of evidence.


Our current focus is on three types of impact:

- Efficacy, Effectiveness and Equity -

three of the five dimensions of impact ​evaluated by ICEIE for the total score of an ​EdTech’s impact.


Our Methodology is publicly available and explained on our research site.The ICEIE team is happy to assist national governments interested in adopting our certification scheme.

The ICEIE Five Categories of Impact®


The 5Es Framework

The 5Es Framework - Efficacy, ​Effectiveness, Ethics, Equity ​and Environment is an ​aspirational framework that ​represents a blueprint for the ​quality standards that the ​EdTech industry should target ​to maintain, or move to,

desired quality.

The ICEIE certification

badges

Each badge is valid for two ​years from the date of its ​issue. Badges may also be ​displayed on selected ​EdTech platforms of our ​partners.


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The certification process

The Framework combines ​evaluation indices, frameworks, ​benchmarks, awards and other ​criteria that signal a demand ​for quality in the industry.The ​first three awardees for the ​effectiveness and efficacy ​categories are Kahoot!, Age of ​Learning and GraphoGame.

The Certification Process

ICEIE is a not-for-profit organization. We certify and re-certify EdTech companies in five areas of educational impact. The company’s overall impact score is a sum of their performance on efficacy, effectiveness, ethics, equity and environmental aspects of impact. The procedure is explained in full detail HERE and simplified in three steps.

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Select your ​certification ​from one of the ​5Es verticals

Send us ​documentation ​confirming ​certification ​with other ​providers or ​equivalent data

Pay the ​application fee ​and receive your ​ICEIE Badge and ​Certificate

How to get the ICEIE certifcation

Case studies

Our research site contains more use cases and the companies’ evidence files.

BrainPoP

Little Thinking Minds

Perbi Cubs

Education Perfect

  • BrainPoP completed a research study certified by LearnPlatform by Instructure as Tier III (Promising evidence by ESSA standards in USA)


  • The validating research partner (WiKIT) validated the research package for Effectiveness Silver certification
  • Little Thinking Minds (UAE) had their product “I Read Arabic” reviewed by the Educaiton Alliance Finland (EAF)


  • The validator-WiKIT-validated the EAF evidence for the Effectiveness Bronze certification
  • Perbi Cubs (Ghana() completed the Evidence-ready researchcapacity-building support service by WiKIT.


  • The validator -Arken research-recommended Efficacy Bronze certification.
  • Education Perfect (New Zealand) received Digital Promise Research-based certificate


  • In addition, a white paper by John Hopkins University outlines its research base.


  • WiKIT Researchers validated the evidence for Efficacy Bronze.

Efficacy, Effectiveness and Equity Evaluation Criteria

ICEIE is currently only certifying companies for three of the 5Es verticals: Effectiveness, Efficacy and Equity.

The Efficacy and Effectiveness criteria are based on a systematic review of 64 international evaluation frameworks and extensive consultations with the industry. Efficacy refers to studies conducted in controlled environments, with randomized controlled trials as the gold standard, while effectiveness refers to studies conducted in everyday classrooms with attention to replicability, cost-effectiveness and pedagogy.



All criteria were consolidated into quality benchmarks at three levels corresponding to Gold, Silver and Bronze certifications.


This accompanying Efficacy and Effectiveness report explains the consolidation process for Efficacy and Effectiveness. Our Equity criteria draw on the Equity by Design report co-authored by the International Centre for EdTech Impact and Digital Promise.

If you don’t have an existing certification but wish to be certified by ICEIE, please ​contact us and we will put you in touch with one of our research partners to review ​your evidence.

Certified products

January, 2024, Inaugural awardees for Efficacy and Effectiveness

Kahoot!


Product:

Quizzes

Effectiveness Silver

Efficacy Gold

Age of Learning


Product: My Math Academy

GraphoGame


Phonological

awareness

Efficacy Silver

Certified products in Efficacy and Effectiveness

The awardees’ certificates provide details on the study, research partner and validator for each cerfified product

Reading Horizons

Effectiveness Silver

Efficacy Bronze

Complori

GraphoGame

Edmentum-Exact Path

Efficacy Silver

Efficacy Silver

Certified products in Efficacy and Effectiveness

The awardees’ certificates provide details on the study, research partner and validator for each cerfified product

BrainPoP

Effectiveness Silver

Efficacy Gold

Kahoot!

GraphoGame

BrainPoP Science

Efficacy Silver

Effectiveness Silver

Little Thinking Minds

Effectiveness Bronze

Certified products in Efficacy and Effectiveness

The awardees’ certificates provide details on the study, research partner and validator for each cerfified product

Perbi Cubs

Efficacy Bronze

Effectiveness Bronze

BeED LMS

GraphoGame

Education Perfect

Efficacy Silver

Efficacy Bronze

Certified products in Efficacy and Effectiveness

The awardees’ certificates provide details on the study, research partner and validator for each cerfified product

Effectiveness Bronze

Kodable

GraphoGame

KIBO

Efficacy Silver

Efficacy Silver

Equity Gold

Key2Enable

The Managing Team

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Eric Nentrup

Head of Partnerships

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Esben Trier

Head of Industry

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Rida Babar

Administrative support

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Julia Pichler

Head of Operations

Per Henning

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Richard

Holeton

Alison

Clark-Wilson

Antonie

Chigeda

Lin

Dan

University College London,

UK

University of Stavanger,

Norway

University of Malawi,

Malawi

Stanford University,

USA

Education University of Hong Kong, China

Head of Academic Advisory Board

Natalia Kucirkova

University of Stavanger,

Norway

Contact us

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Over the course of 2024, ICEIE will be engaging in conversations with researchers, the EdTech industry, funders and policymakers to align the evaluation criteria and ensure international comparability. If you are interested in evidence-based decision making in EdTech, we are keen to hear from you.


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