Evidence-based Research on Diabetes Education

Gathering both AADE-led research and journal articles from outside organizations, here we offer the latest research on diabetes, and the value of diabetes education.


The AADE Research Committee partners across the organization to support AADE’s initiatives with evidence-based research. Our current priorities are:

  • Identifying the educator’s role in translating emerging and current technology to self-management, and the training necessary to do this.
  • Reviewing cost effectiveness studies on diabetes education across care models in the healthcare system to develop a replicable framework for implementing DE and in turn reducing costs.
  • Identifying the outcomes of diabetes education across multiple care models.

AADE RFP: The National Practice Survey Design and Analysis

The National Practice Survey is a significant and important undertaking for AADE and requires expertise in survey design and analysis. AADE is requesting proposals for a partner to lead the project design, implementation, and analysis.  Our subject matter experts will develop the content of the survey. AADE is looking for assistance with the survey design, project management, verification and analysis. This partnership must produce deep insight into the current and future state of the profession.

AADE Indirect Cost Policy and Guidance

The American Association of Diabetes Educators Research and Education Foundation tackles critical problems impacting the dissemination of Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support (DSMES) and supports strong and effective partner organizations interested in doing the same. We believe that good stewardship means maximizing our resources, including grant funding and staff time, while building strong partnerships based on trust. We aim to structure grants in a way that makes sense from a financial perspective while also funding partners for the cost of delivering results efficiently, supported by open and honest dialogue about the resources required. 

We welcome partners to contact the foundation if they have questions about this policy. Our finance team can help clarify appropriate treatment of costs under the foundation’s policy.

Accessing AADE Membership for Survey Research

AADE values the contribution of research in diabetes education, and the support this research offers to the diabetes education profession and the people who are at risk for and have diabetes. We also value the privacy of our members. The AADE policy for access to our membership for survey research recognizes both of these values in its effort to support the growth and expansion of the profession.

AADE Diabetes Research

The association pursues research opportunities to contribute to the evidence base, expand opportunities for diabetes educators, and improve member awareness, comprehension and analysis of relevant scientific information. 

The Value of Diabetes Education

We have made it a priority to build a body of evidence that demonstrates the value of diabetes educators and DSME in enhancing a variety of outcomes - clinical, financial, utilization, behavioral and satisfaction.