Evaluation 2019: Paths to the Future of Evaluation: Contribution, Leadership, and Renewal

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Measuring Social Emotional Learning (SEL) for Youth Learners: Which Assessment Approach is Best?

Session Number: 2230
Track: Youth Focused Evaluation
Session Type: Think Tank
Tags: 21st Century Skills, non-cognitive skills, Social and Emotional Learning, soft skills
Session Facilitator: Pia Saunders Campbell, International Youth Foundation [Director. Measurement, Evaluation, Research & Learning - International Youth Foundation]
First Author or Discussion Group Leader: Christina Olenik [Vice President, Technical Services - Making Cents International]
Second Author or Discussion Group Leader: Amy M. Hardeman Zangari [Director, Content & Learning - International Youth Foundation]
Third Author or Discussion Group Leader: Julie Poncelet [Independent Evaluation Consultant - Action Evaluation Collaborative]
Time: Nov 13, 2019 (04:30 PM - 05:30 PM)
Room: Hilton Marquette VI

Audience Level: All Audiences

Session Abstract (150 words): 

This session explores the factors youth practitioners should consider when choosing an approach to measure social emotional learning (SEL) for youth.  Common approaches to measuring SEL—including psychometric assessments, self-reported pre and post surveys, summative retrospective surveys and assessments for trainers—will be introduced, with examples of specific assessments from each approach.  Recognizing that the “right” approach to assessing SEL depends on the purpose and audience of assessment (is it the youth learner?) and is context dependent, the benefits and challenges each approach will be explored in small groups.  The factors to be considered are:

  • Cost, time and resources;
  • Mode of delivery;
  • Language and cultural factors;
  • Age appropriateness; and
  • Purpose and utilization of SEL assessment results.


Groups will reconvene to summarize and together increase our collective understanding of the criteria to consider in selecting an approach to SEL measurement and tools that might fit within a given context.

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