In DBIR, district staff and researchers may co-design policies and programs to improve teaching and learning at scale. Co-design is a name that describes the design process when researchers and practitioners jointly define the goals and products of design. It is a strategy for realizing a commitment to collaborative, iterative design, the second principle of DBIR.

Co-design involving district staff and researchers can take many forms. The tools, routines, and cases in this section illustrate some of the ways co-design can be organized in DBIR.