ESSENTIAL CONDITIONS FOR EFFECTIVE R&D
Research and Development (R&D) in schools is about meeting the needs of learners for relevant learning
in a rapidly accelerating change environment. Effective R&D occurs in schools when essential conditions
are developed to create a culture where sustained innovation becomes the new status quo. Below are
essential conditions for R&D in schools that the Re.D Studio has identified.
Empowered Leaders - Leaders are charged and empowered to lead R&D work throughout the school.
Engaged Communities - R&D continuously engages and partners within the school community and the
Intrinsic Motivation - You can’t force people to change, you can only help them want to.
Future Connection - A relationship with the future exists that guides and compels R&D work today. A
future connected school is optimistic, builds pathways, and expects obstacles.
Skill Capacity - Learners, inquirers, and doers are continuously growing, developing, and using their
Resource Capacity - Resources ensure sustainable inquiries and capacity to act on emerging
Design Thinking Competence - Design Thinking is embedded as a core process for research, capacity
building, and innovation.
Impact Validity - Valid R&D work is democratically developed, deepens understanding, and provides
new answers. It relies on multiple sources, and results in changed practices and beliefs that impact