Social and Emotional Learning
How do you know if your program is making a difference in the lives of young people?
In an era increasingly focused on academic outcomes, programs for young people need an alternative — a short-term outcome we can measure that is tied to real long-term goals. Social and emotional learning (SEL) is the process of developing the “soft skills” young people need to get along as they grow up: to manage themselves as they engage with the world; build and maintain relationships; and treat setbacks and challenges as learning experiences to prompt growth. As they grow, young people with strong SEL skills are more college- and career-ready, experience better mental health and social functioning, and report a greater sense of overall well-being.
Hello Insight: Social and Emotional Learning provides a meaningful alternative to output measures for all kinds of youth-serving programs.
SEL is a continuous, ongoing process in young people that involves developing many skills and attributes that are closely related, but distinct enough to be measured on their own. We call these “capacities.” Hello Insight: SEL reports on key capacities linked to long-term thriving you can measure in any program.
Everything that young people see, think, hear, do and feel is fuel for SEL, but a few key types of experiences are especially effective at boosting SEL growth. We use advanced analytics to predict which of those experiences will best promote growth in each group of young people in your program.