Developmental relationships, social emotional learning, DEI

By Kent Pekel, Ed.D. Nearly a decade ago, an important meta-analysis showed that implementing high-quality social and emotional learning (SEL) programs in schools can lead to significant increases in students’ academic and behavioral outcomes (Durlak et al, 2011). Partly as a result of that study and others like it, thousands of schools and out-of-school time […]

muti generational relationships faith

By Clare Eisenberg, Research Associate at Search Institute As one of the few places where multiple generations from different families gather together (Azzopardi, 2018), faith communities are unique settings for relationship building. Plenty of scholars have suggested that these relationships instill stronger faith in young people, ensure continued engagement in the congregation, or provide supports […]

racism MSP

By Kent Pekel, President & CEO, Search Institute  Last Wednesday, May 27, I sent out a statement that articulated Search Institute’s opposition to the murder of George Floyd in our home community of Minneapolis. We received many positive responses, but a number of people shared concerns that make me wish the statement were written differently. […]

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 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 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 […]

developmental relationships survey 3

By Mackenzie Steinberg, Research and Development Communications VISTA at Search Institute   Through our Measuring What Matters project*, with support from the WEM Foundation, we are seeking to create valid and reliable measures of Search Institute’s Developmental Relationships Framework and social emotional learning (SEL) assessment. This will give adults who work with young people actionable […]