Problem Solving Rubric

By Diego Fonstad

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Introductory Developing Extending Mastery
Problem Problem not clearly defined Problem defined but too vague or broad Problem defined and focused and reflects basic knowledge of user needs Problem clearly synthesizes understanding of end user needs and constraints.
Research: Problem Internet or other secondary research only Observation of target problem through primary research Follow-on research demonstrates synthesis of original findings. Demonstration of empathy or looking below the surface through unexpected or innovative observations.
Research: Impact Basic understanding of impact of problem Impact of problem researched and able articulate Impact of problem clearly researched with critical metrics and levers understood Novel metrics for understanding problem impact developed.
Research: existing solutions Cursory understanding of current solutions Clear understanding of landscape of current solutions Existing solutions analyzed through clear framework (i.e. SWOT) Novel framework for analyzing existing solutions presented.
Prototype  Prototype not built or not shown to end users Simple prototype built and shown to end users for feedback Multiple prototypes built and shared with target users Clear evolution of prototype development based on end user feedback
Solution Solution is not innovative or new and has no data to support it Somewhat innovative solution but weak or no data or scientific/ technological  knowledge applied Innovative solution with supporting data and knowledge of underlying scientific principles Innovative solution with substantial data, and clear application of underlying scientific/technology principles.
Communicate Rambling presentation with no visual aids Loosely organized presentation with some supporting visual aids Well organized presentation with complementing visual aids or support material Logical, integrated and organized presentation with innovative visual aids or supporting materials
Community Did not share project outside of the team Shared project and solution with parents and classmates Shared project with others including potential end users not in immediate family or school Identified innovative means of sharing project with larger audience
Implementation Little or no thinking towards implementation and roll-out of solution Understanding of most important factors impacting implementation and roll-out. Structured analysis of key forces impacting implementation and roll out of idea. Staged implementation plan developed that illustrates knowledge of changing market dynamics in adoption life cycle.