New Rubric Provides Mission-Driven Framework for AI Use

This article was published in The Journal on March 4, 2024.

By Kate Lucariello

The nonprofit Equal Opportunity Schools (EOS) has collaborated with mission consultancy company Intentional Futures (iF) to design a rubric for scoring the mission-driven use of AI in educational institutions, nonprofits, and ed tech companies.

The Mission-Driven AI Use Case Rubric was designed following in-person meetings with experts in academia, philanthropy, and technology to think about and answer the question: “What is possible when we leverage AI to scale equity in education?”

The resulting comprehensive rubric allows organizations to “align different AI use cases with their unique ethical, social, and mission-oriented goals, using a set of predefined criteria,” EOS said in a news announcement.

The rubric is divided into three parts, each with several sections containing yes/no questions about the proposed AI technology, most with subsections focusing on how it can or cannot meet objectives:

  • Your Organization: 1. Vision, Mission, and Strategy; 2. Ease of Implementation; 3. Increases Reach and Impact; and 4. Empowers Schools to Act on Their Data;
  • AI & Technology: 1. Privacy, Security & Safety; 2. Data; 3. Impact; 4. Feasibility; and 5. Ethics about how these might be accomplished; and
  • Education & The Market: 1. Market Differentiation; 2. Scale; 3. Impact; 4. Demand; and 5. Strategic Implementation.

A scoring section for each part calculates a “total use case score.”

“Student potential is a multi-faceted, dynamic, and complex concept,” said Sasha Rabkin, EOS president. “Our project with Intentional Futures demonstrates what is possible for both our organization and the field. iF has helped us clarify our value proposition, dream big, and develop a set of concrete solutions, rubrics, and prototypes that will transform our use of AI and allow us to scale more rapidly and with greater dexterity.”

To learn more and download a pdf of the rubric, see EOS’s blog post.

To read more about how the rubric was designed, visit iF’s post on it.