Assessing the Impact of Global Social Emotional Learning (SEL)

Better World Ed is informed by Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) data, global competency research, and educational/behavioral psychology research. Most importantly, it is informed by consistent experiences learning from educators and students.

 

This post is about this research, and our committed approach to understanding the impact Better World Ed stories are having in classrooms and in communities around the world.

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Assessing the Impact of Global Social Emotional Learning (SEL)

Impact Assessment for Social Emotional Learning

Better World Ed is informed by Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) data, global competency research, and educational/behavioral psychology research. Most importantly, it is informed by consistent experiences learning from educators and students. This guides the development of our Learning Journeys: videos, stories, and lesson plans that encourage the practice of empathy, understanding, and meaningful learning about new cultures and academic concepts. The goal: help you(th) love learning about self, others, and our world.

 

Assessing the impact of this work and of the content we create is critical. We think deeply about our inputs, activities, outputs, and short/mid term outcomes as we think about how to make the most effective impact possible.

 

To date, we’ve focused on gathering qualitative data through observations, interviews, and focus groups with teachers and students. Sometimes we create videos like this to show this, too. Beyond teachers, students, and school leaders, we’ve also spent a lot of time with education researchers, thought leaders, impact measurement humans, and practitioners in these past years. Here is a Research Report we’ve compiled to share some of these learnings.

 

This has all been to inform product iteration in an effort to help teachers bring the love for learning about self, others, and our world into their classrooms in the most effective way possible. To help teachers and students lead the way forward in exploring how we can all Be WE. How we can all create the kind of collective impact we dream of, with empathy and compassion at the foundation of our daily thoughts, words, and actions. How we can all reweave the incredible fabric of our communities and our home (Earth).

 

Better World Ed’s Assessment Approach As We Grow

Impact assessment in this next phase will become more resource intensive. As we raise further funding, we’re focusing a lot on where and how that money comes in. One of our key priorities is to integrate surveys, quizzes, and other assessment tools right into our platform experience. We also seek to bring 2 team members on board who will focus entirely on qualitative and quantitative impact measurement alongside our teachers and school partners, and likely alongside a third party evaluation partner.

 

This is imperative. We believe effective, transparent, meaningful assessment of our work matters, and we care a lot about designing effective strategies for measurement. We don’t want to accidentally have our bias impact results/findings, and we don’t want to mislead ourselves or you as we assess our work and improve. We also don’t want to end up settling at vanity metrics or super easy to measure things. SEL and this kind of learning is super complex, and we want to work towards really assessing this stuff effectively.

 

We also want to publish not the stuff that makes us look great, but things we’re learning that help us iterate and improve. We want you to be able to see the journey of how we strive to be more effective together — not just make it sound like everything is peachy. (Example of that writing style, in another context.)

 

Design of this stuff matters a lot to us, too. Which is part of why we’re eager to bring on more resources and humans to make this possible. With teachers signing up from around the world with students that all have different needs and strengths, it’s critical that we design a strategy that’s adaptive across geographies, schools, and students.

 

We don’t want to end up with another standardized test that doesn’t actually help us understand much about a student or their learning, and we don’t want to end up with studies that are more for marketing than actual understanding of our impact against our theory of change.

 

 

Our Theory of Change

If (and when) every student grows up loving learning about self, others, and our world, then together we will reweave a more empathetic, understanding, compassionate, and peaceful world. Then together we will learn to love self, others, and our world.

 

A world where we address all of our huge challenges together. A world where we co-imagine and then co-create the magical future we all believe is possible somewhere deep down. A world where we rediscover WE and come back together. A world rewoven, where we live and breathe ubuntu far beyond words.

 

 

Assessing Global SEL in your Classroom, School, and/or District

 

We’re creating several tools over time to support assessment of Global SEL. Here are a few tools we’ve developed so far to get you started on the journey to assess the impact of Learning Journeys in your classroom:

— Student Baseline / Endline Evaluation (“The Storychanger Awesome-Ability Test“)
— Teacher Baseline / Endline Evaluation (Estimated Time: 8-10 minutes)

 

Other optional evaluations you may find helpful:

Student Perspectives
Teacher Perspectives
Resources from CASEL

 

 

 

Explore more about our impact assessment work and approach here!

 

Assessing the Impact of Global Social Emotional Learning (SEL)

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