Overview of Our Main Services
Our services are focused on four core areas: 21st Century Skills, Digital Learning, Evaluation, and Research. Metiri is on the cutting edge of research and development work for advancing digital learning, measuring and monitoring one-to-one programs, evaluating learning initiatives, and inspiring educators to engage in 21st Century practices.
For over a decade, the Metiri team has conducted extensive research and evaluations studies within the public education sector, in the United States, Canada, and internationally. In doing so, Metiri has developed several online tools for data collection, analysis, and reporting.
The bedrock of Metiri Group is the unique combination of a) deep understanding of research in the field of K20 educational technology and digital learning, b) expertise in conducting research and evaluation studies relevant to 21st Century skills, digital learning, Common Core Curriculum, professional learning for education professionals, STEM, and systems level change, c) currency in knowledge of trends and issues in the field internationally, d) use of current technologies that model sound practice, and e) skill in facilitation with groups and management of complex, multifaceted projects.
Metiri Group is experienced in providing qualitative and quantitative, descriptive and causal research services. Our suite of validated tools (including our student engagement and Dimensions 21 – TRAx Digital Learning audit), is complemented by our project-based survey and reporting tools. Our qualitative services include in-person and online focus groups, one-on-one interviews, facilitation services, social media analysis, group observations, and ethnology of mobile technology users.
Metiri Group has qualitative research experience in educator development, assessment, institutional transformation, STEM design, policy, classroom practices, curriculum design, digital teaching and learning, mobile device infusion, and 21st Century practices.
We have conducted focus groups internationally, for public, private, and non-profit clients. Our focus groups are driven by protocol development and analysis methods that result in quality methodology driven recruitment, moderation, and reporting. Internal researchers who utilize their deep understanding of education complete our easy to read and thoughtful reporting. By identifying themes, coding individual data, and mapping qualitative data findings are summarized specific to the protocol, the research or evaluation questions, themes, and include an overall synopsis of individual sessions. In both traditional and online focus groups our researchers use timely probes and well thought out points of inquiry to strategically interject in discussions.
Our team becomes very familiar with the interworking of individual projects and allows this deep level of understanding to benefit our work. Conducting one-on-one, face-to-face or phone-based interviews is also a strength of Metiri. We design unique protocols and provide careful training to our research team to ensure there is a consistent depth of understanding of the goals of the interviews. We have conducted interviews with an international group of educators, university faculty and staff, educational leaders, school administrators, policy makers, parents and family, classroom teachers, and technology directors, STEM advocates, and private industry stakeholders.
We have the same research team analyze focus group and interview data to ensure that there is an opportunity to explore connections among qualitative data. These connections are apparent in reporting and our narrative summary that is provided to individual clients. Our analysis does not simply provide coding results, but rather a deep and informative picture of the interconnectedness of project components.
Group observations have been used by Metiri to capture qualitative (as well as quantitative) data related to a project overall. Our observation protocols provide room for on the spot questioning, passive observations, active observations of classroom teaching, staff discussions, and/or training sessions, and rubrics to identify different types of collaboration and engagement. Metiri has also used ethnology research to investigate how mobile technologies impact different communities that have developed though online and/or face-to-face interactions. This qualitative work uses robust data sets of user provided information and short message services to collect timely information and feedback from study participants. In some of our work in this area we have assisted project teams in facilitating the continual capture of multimedia, survey data, location tacking, and daily journals.
Our work with Digital Learning Day and designing the Future Ready Dashboard tool demonstrates our capability and capacity to measure a district’s readiness for digital learning though well developed frameworks. In this case – seven gears: curriculum and instruction; use of time; technology and infrastructure; data and assessments; academic supports; professional learning; and budget and resources. Metiri has designed this innovative tool to ensure that a district is strategically staged in each gear of the framework, district leaders can be confident that they are ready for a highly successful implementation phase that leads to innovation through digital learning. Along with providing district leaders scores in context of the seven gears, the Future Ready Dashboard also provides recommendations in closing gaps in the levels of readiness. Metiri Group’s knowledge base and depth of understanding of educational technology and 21st Century learning in context is apparent through this continued partnership and national contribution to the field.
In addition, Metiri Group’s Technology Readiness tool (TRAx) is a prime example of our capacity to help schools, districts, and states prepare for implementing new policies and practice through the use of digital tools and analytics designed by our team. TRAx gauges the technology readiness of a district to meet its state’s target for online assessment. TRAx provides secure login to an interactive database so authorized educators can provide the data needed to determine their current Technology Readiness Ratings for Online Assessment. TRAx uses data analytics (customized to the client’s assessment requirements) to determine Technology Readiness, offering users with real-time, on-demand reports that provide each user at the school, district, regional, or state level with technology readiness reports, gap analyses, and recommendations for closing those gaps. Technology readiness is determined by gauging the device readiness and network readiness of schools in the district. This system was built from the ground up and is being used state-wide by several states throughout the USA.