Research-Based Design Product Certification

Awarded: Feb 5, 2020

Awarded To: The Concord Consortium’s CODAP


CODAP is free open source software for data analysis built for use in schools. With CODAP, you can explore, visualize, and learn from data in any content area. Our mission is to make data literacy accessible for all students.

Through our National Science Foundation-funded project, we built a commercial-friendly, web-based, open-source data analysis platform, which students anywhere may use for free. (CODAP will always be free!) CODAP’s data exploration and visualization tools are based on research on learning, web application development, and user testing. In addition, we’ve designed and tested our software in collaboration with seven NSF-funded projects, which helps us build curriculum materials for middle and high school classrooms across a variety of subject areas.

These projects also form the nucleus of a community of developers, which is great because our growing user requests hundreds of new features every year! We sustain that growth through our partnerships with research and development organizations, publishers, and universities who want to add our technology to their products.

The most exciting part of our work is that we’re still finding our way in the emerging field of data science education. There are many possibilities, and the best is still ahead of us. So, join us! Play with our software, browse our forums, create a plugin, join a meetup, participate in a webinar, or connect with us to explore partnership possibilities.

Commitment to Research-informed Design

CODAP partners with university researchers, educators, and curriculum developers to study and design effective features, data-rich activities, and learning materials. Through R & D supported by the National Science Foundation and ongoing partnerships with curriculum developers, learning sciences research continues to be a critically important part of CODAP’s design and development process to improve teaching and learning with data, and support how learners approach data-driven problem solving. The CODAP team continues this best practice of working closely with learning scientists to ensure that high-quality learning is supported by the CODAP platform.

The CODAP team is committed to transparency, working with teachers, and sharing with teachers research results about what is working or not, and how to make use of the research where applicable in their teaching and students’ learning.

Licensing Information

Copyright © 2020 The Concord Consortium. All rights reserved.

This open-source software is licensed under the MIT license.

Please provide attribution to The Concord Consortium and the URL https://concord.org

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant Nos. DRL-1435470, DRL-1417809, IIS-1530578, 1625713, DRL-1621289, DRL-1621301, 1644265. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.