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Using Data for Improvement

Using data to improve social and emotional learning (SEL) is an important tool in supporting youths' growth. This section includes tools and templates to help staff gather and use data for improvement. It includes creating a data dashboard by using reflective activities to measure change over time, having youth assess and provide feedback to the adults that support them, and a checklist to help select SEL outcome measurement tools.

Download the entire Using Data for Improvement section.

Emoji Data Dashboard

Track changes over time by using the Emoji Reflection activity to create a data dashboard. View the tutorial.

Staff Support Card

A tool for youth to assess and provide feedback to the adults that support them in learning social and emotional skills.

Sticky Note Survey

Combines reflection and measurement by asking participants to rate themselves on a particular skill at the beginning and end of a session.

SEL Assessment Decision-Making Checklist

Use this checklist to evaluate social and emotional learning assessment tools.


People who use this toolkit say:

"A marvelous, easy and practical on-ramp for programs new to data collection and a support in using data with youth and staff whether or not programs are experienced or inexperienced in data collection."

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