The Education Research and Development Institute (ERDI) empowers school districts and their leaders throughout the United States to directly examine, evaluate and fundamentally influence the design and scope of educational products and services offered to American schools and their students.

Through research-based analysis and assessment, ERDI school districts and their leaders provide product/services developers unvarnished, impartial and unequivocal feedback and recommendations on what works—and doesn’t work—with school populations.  It is through these intensive assessments that products and services are refined and modified to ultimately maximize their effectiveness in meeting student needs.

Unlike other research opportunities, ERDI offers to those who develop educational products and services the ability to obtain unbiased, straightforward and frequently blunt criticism from the very practitioners—nationwide educational leaders with a broad array of expertise—who best understand educator and student needs.



The Institute’s conferences traditionally encompass a 3-hour analysis of each product or service being developed, and includes feedback from at least five leading educators nationwide.

Each analysis focuses on the means by which a product or service meets student needs, and the barriers and practical realities the developer may confront if modifications are not considered.

Each developer of a product or service may narrow or widen the specific issue(s) to be reviewed at an Institute session;

it is understood that products and services are at different phases of development, and that research needs can vary considerably.  The purpose of ERDI is to meet the needs of school districts; it achieves its goal by providing meaningful research opportunities to those who ultimately serve school districts and their students.

Because disclosure of proprietary intellectual property is commonly crucial for meaningful analysis, all product and service disclosures in a research session remain strictly confidential.

To ensure candor and the highest level of trust, all participants in each research session are contractually required to retain confidentiality of both (i) disclosures and (ii) feedback.