Parenting in Pandemic

By Eugene C. Roehlkepartain, PhD, Vice President, Research and Development It has been heartwarming to watch as people around the world joined #ClapBecauseWeCare to cheer essential workers as they left their daily shifts, such as the 7 p.m. citywide cheer in New York City. Ever since this well-deserved ritual began in Wuhan, China, in January, […]

social capital

With support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Equitable Futures initiative, Search Institute is working with several other partners in the larger project known as Social Capital Assessment and Learning for Equity (SCALE). We’re developing and refining useful measures of “social capital” for programs designed to enhance postsecondary and employment opportunities for youth and […]

By Ellen Bergstrom, Project Coordinator for the Relationships for Outcomes (ROI) Initiative In early March, just before non-essential travel was cancelled and daily life in the U.S. changed dramatically with the COVID-19 pandemic, I traveled to San Pedro, California to visit Toberman Neighborhood Center, which joins with National Center for Families Learning as part of […]


By Rachel Chamberlain, Search Institute Research Associate What needs to happen in your life for you to feel that it is going well? In this time of social isolation, sickness, and job loss due to COVID-19, our minds might jump to our basic needs. We might also feel pain from a loss of in-person interactions, […]

By Terri Sullivan, Ed.D., Search Institute’s Director of Applied Qualitative Research & Community Mobilization    Peers are necessities, not luxuries in human development.” (Hartup, 2009, p. 3) We know intuitively, and research affirms, that peer relationships play powerful roles in young people’s lives. Research points unequivocally to positive peer relationships as critical resources for youth […]

By Amy K. Syvertsen, PhD, Director of Applied Quantitative Research and Senior Research Scientist Social distancing efforts have led us to see connection as a threat rather than a strength. Yet, the health of our communities depends on each of us taking individual actions to help others. This includes kids, as much as adults. If […]

By Eugene C. Roehlkepartain, Ph.D., and Rachel Chamberlain, Search Institute Many teachers, youth workers, counselors, and other leaders have been thrust into an all-online world for our jobs (and the rest of our lives) by the coronavirus pandemic. We know it’s important to keep our relationships strong during this time. But how? It’s time to […]

By Eugene C. Roehlkepartain, Vice President, Research and Development, Search Institute This week, a Pew Research Center survey showed that 70% of American adults see the coronavirus as a major threat to the economy, and 47% see it as a major threat to the U.S. population’s health. Data were collected March 14-16. A week earlier, […]

By Amy K. Syvertsen, PhD, Director of Applied Quantitative Research and Senior Research Scientist I often work from home to have uninterrupted time. But uninterrupted time is not what I’m expecting when I’m home in the next few weeks for “social distancing” during the COVID-19 pandemic. Like thousands of other workplaces, schools, and businesses, Search […]

By Eugene C. Roehlkepartain, PhD, Vice President of Research and Development Much of the world has become transfixed by the global health crisis brought on by the rapid spread of the coronavirus, or COVID-19. Twitter feeds, cable news, other media are saturated with conversations about the state of testing kits and vaccines, shortages of safety […]