Design For Change has been conducting continuous studies to reaffirm the impact of the FIDS approach on the holistic development of children. DFC along with The Good Project, a research initiative under Project Zero at Harvard Graduate School of Education conducted a research to study the impact of DFC on developing empathy and problem solving.

Research conducted by The GoodWork Project has reaffirmed the impact of the fids approach on the development of skills like collaboration, creative thinking, empathy.

The findings show:

  • That the confidence developed through the project improves academic scores as well

  • That the dfc curriculum provides students with exposure to important student development areas such as empathetic thinking, problem-solving, confidence, etc in the context of dfc 's principles

  • That the dfc curriculum is inclusive and can be implemented with success in any context to build empathy in children


Design for Change (DFC) is one of the most exciting and important educational programs that I know of, with the potential for impact in numerous countries around the globe. To pin down that impact, our research group at Harvard Project Zero has worked closely with DFC educators in India to develop measures of various educational goals. Our first wave of studies documents clear improvements in student empathy as well as challenges in enhancing problem solving abilities. Only on the basis of such programmatic research will it be possible to continually improve DFC— which should be the model for all educational innovations.

- Howard Gardner, Harvard Graduate School of Education

Design for Change believes that education owes EVERY child this I CAN belief and mindset Today. We need your support / voice / belief to amplify/ spread / infect all the members of the eco system that the child encounters – be it schools, parents, policy.