5D Method

Discover our model for cyclic, sustainable improvement of education.

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About the 5D method

In the co-creation labs, we employ the 5D methodology (Klaveren & Cornelisz, 2021) to achieve sustainable improvement and innovation in education. This model describes a process with five consecutive phases to achieve sustainable educational enhancement: problem identification (Detect), diagnosis (Diagnose), development and implementation of intervention or policy (Design), scientific evaluation (Determine), and interpreting the findings to make an informed decision about what the next step should be (Decide).


5D methode


5D methode


5D methode


5D methode


5D methode

Connecting knowledge from experience and science

Sustainable education improvement

How do we work in the education labs?

In the education labs we work according to a clear step-by-step plan. We follow the five steps of the 5D model .


Teachers explore the problem together with researchers.

2. Diagnosis

Teachers and researchers make a diagnosis based on literature study, data analysis and simulation models.

3. Design

The researchers and teachers formulate promising interventions. These are then implemented in the form of pilots in educational practice.

4. Determine

The interventions are tested at various schools. Afterwards, both the effectiveness of the interventions and the process are carefully evaluated, and teachers and researchers jointly determine whether the intervention is promising.


In the final step, teachers and researchers decide whether and how the intervention can be successfully scaled up.


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