Research & Impact
We translate the latest behavioral science research into educational tools that are evidence-based, practical, and scalable.
Grounded In Research
At CDI, research is central to our organizational DNA. We begin by developing our educational tools based on cutting-edge behavioral science research. Then, we rigorously evaluate the effectiveness of our tools to iterate and improve them on an ongoing basis. Lastly, we conduct original research to elevate the value of constructive dialogue and disseminate new insights to the public.
We are the only offering in the constructive dialogue field with evidence from randomized controlled trials demonstrating our effectiveness.
Growing Our Impact
We launched in 2017 by developing educational tools for use in college classrooms. Today, our research-based tools are used in hundreds of institutions across the country, including universities, high schools, companies, philanthropies, nonprofits, religious communities, and local governments.
Through our work, we seek to strengthen our civic culture by helping people recognize our shared humanity, embrace our differences as strengths, and work together to solve collective challenges.
Our goal is to create meaningful impact at scale by promoting constructive dialogue in schools, campuses, and workplaces across the US. To date, we've reached:
Discover the impact on individual students, classrooms, and workplaces where our tools have been implemented.
Suffern High School Students Build Long-Term Skills for Constructive DialogueThe strategies students learned and cultivated in class discussion gave them the confidence to have difficult conversations in and outside of the classroom.
Developing a Shared Language: CDI at William & MaryAccording to Dr. Stelljes, classes felt easier to manage and students were able to engage in these discussions with more comfort and confidence.
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