Excellence Ratings

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What the Stars Mean:

5-stars

An ultimate app with the highest standard of industry recognized quality, relevance, and research-based knowledge.  

4-stars

A great app showing high standards of quality, relevance, and research-based knowledge.

3-star

A good app with standards of quality, relevance, or research-based knowledge.

2-star

A good app with elements of quality, relevance, or research-based knowledge.

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The following rubric defines criterion based targets and corresponding attributes which establish YappGuru’s strict evaluation process for the YappGuru App Excellence Award distinction.

Evidence-Based Practice:  Making the best clinical decisions based on the integration of the best evidence available via research studies, practitioner expertise and other resources. These decisions focus on the characteristics, state, needs, values, and preferences of those who will be affected.

Relevant: Having direct connection with a specific target(s)

Engaging: Encourages interaction/utilization
Note: This criteria may also reflect an N/A (Not Applicable) rating when an app’s purpose is for functional use only i.e. Calculator app

Professional Developer:  Industry professionals including educators, speech/occupational/physical therapists, assistive technology experts, psychology/behavior analyst

Expert Approved:  Reviewed and rated by YappGuru Experts at www.yappguru.com

Evidence Based Practice

0

No connection with evidence based research.

1

Other apps by this developer are created with the knowledge of evidence based research (as evidenced by the software developer website), however, no specific references are made to the app under review for certification – either in the app description or on the software developer website.

2

This app appears to be created with the knowledge of evidence based research but EBP is not referenced in the  description of the app under review for certification or in the specific app information on the software developer website

3

Created with the knowledge of evidence based research (as mentioned in the app description and/or software developer website) OR recommends/ mentions the integration of specific evidence based strategies/techniques which have proven effectiveness based on research studies and/or demonstrated clinical expertise  – in the app description, directions, or app information.

4

Created with the knowledge of evidence based research (as mentioned in the app description or software developer website), AND recommends/ mentions the integration of specific evidence based strategies/techniques which have proven effectiveness based on research studies and/or demonstrated  clinical expertise – in the app description, directions, or app information.  

5

Created with the knowledge of evidence based research (as mentioned in the app description or software developer website), recommends/mentions evidence based practice,  AND specifically integrates techniques and/or targets academic or therapeutic skills which have proven effectiveness based on research studies and/or demonstrated clinical expertise – into the functionality of the app.

Professional Guidance in app Development

N/A: Not meant/required to be developed this way (e.g. dropbox, calculator)

0

App does not refer to “education”, “rehabilitation”, or “therapy” in the app description, and there is no evidence of creation with industry professional guidance as reported in the app description or software developer website.

 

1

App refers to “education”, “rehabilitation”, or “therapy” in the app description, however, no evidence of creation with industry professional guidance in app use/ lay out or as reported in the app description or software developer website.

2

 App refers to “education”, “rehabilitation”, or “therapy” in the app description, and layout OR app use suggests it was created with industry professional guidance but this is not evident in the app description or software developer website.

3

App refers to “education”, “rehabilitation”, or “therapy” in the app description, and probably was created with industry professional guidance based on the app description or software developer website.

4

App does not refer to “education”, “rehabilitation”, or “therapy” in the app description, but was created with industry professional guidance as reported in the app description or software developer website.

5

App refers to “education”, “rehabilitation”, or “therapy” in the app description, and was created with industry professional guidance/authorship  as reported in the app description or software developer website.

Relevant

N/A: Not meant to target any specific goals or learning (e.g. dropbox/professional tools).

0

Does not specify learning or other specific targets in the app description.

1

Does not specify learning or other specific targets in the app, but appears to have learning targets in place.

2

App specifies a target(s) in the app description, however, does not demonstrate a direct connection with its designed purpose.

3

App specifies a target(s) in the app description and demonstrates a weak connection with its designed purpose.

4

App specifies a target(s) in the app description and demonstrates some direct connection with its designed purpose.

5

App specifies a target(s) in the app description and demonstrates a strong direct connection with its designed purpose.

Engaging

N/A: This criteria is not relevant for this app. (i.e. Professional tools)

0

Not engaging and does not encourage use.

1

Parts of app are engaging for short periods of time but does not encourage use.

2

Encourages engagement for a short period of time but not sustained engagement or use.

3

Parts of app are engaging and encourages use for short periods of time.

4

Somewhat effective in encouraging engagement and use.

5

Highly effective in encouraging engagement and use.

Expert Approved

0

Has not been reviewed by at least one (1) YappGuru Expert at www.yappguru.com

1

Reflects a 1-star review by at least one (1) YappGuru Expert at www.yappguru.com

2

Reflects a minimum of a 2 star review by at least one (1) YappGuru Expert at www.yappguru.com

3

Reflects a minimum of a 2 star review by at least two (2) YappGuru Experts at www.yappguru.com

4

Reflects a minimum of a 3 star review by at least one (1) YappGuru Expert at www.yappguru.com

5

Reflects a minimum of a 4-star review or higher by at least one (1) YappGuru Experts at www.yappguru.com

Scoring:

Evidence Based Practice: 1-5 directly corresponds to number of stars.
N/A ratings are not including in the final scoring.
Totals are added and divided by the number of criteria included without an N/A rating then rounded to the nearest whole number.


Examples:

Visual Attention- 5 Star Rating
Evidence Based Practice = 5
Professional Developer = 5
Relevant = 5
Engaging = 5
Expert Approved = 5
Total = 25/25 = 1 -> 5 stars

Articulation Station
Evidence Based Practice = 2
Professional Developer = 5
Relevant = 5
Engaging = 5
Expert Approved = 5
Total = 22/25 = .88 -> 4 stars

Open Ended Articulation
Evidence Based Practice = 2
Professional Developer = 5
Relevant = 5
Engaging = 4
Expert Approved = 5
Total = 21/25 = .84 -> 4 stars

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Excellence Ratings

The following rubric defines criterion based targets and corresponding attributes which establish YappGuru’s strict evaluation process for the YappGuru App Excellence Award distinction.

App Excellence Award

Expert Ratings reflect an average of the cumulative scores across all categories. Each category can achieve a total of 5 stars. The highest rating app can achieve is 5 stars.