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 […]

LGBTQ youth

By Mackenzie Steinberg, Research and Development Communications VISTA at Search Institute   It’s safe to say that middle school and high school can be some of the best and worst years of our lives. For some, it depends on what classes you’re taking, what activities you’re in, how many friends you have, or what your […]

equity in developmental relationships

By Jenna Sethi, Search Institute Research Scientist How can developmental relationships advance racial and socioeconomic equity among young people? That is a critical question for the 2020s in a society burdened by deep and growing inequities. The gaps that reinforce historical marginalization and discrimination are experienced far too often by our young people across the […]

City Year

By Eliel Gebru, Research Associate at Search Institute A few weeks ago, I was driving with a friend to a location that confused our trusted GPS. Our blue dot was dancing all over the screen. After we got there, my friend asked, “What did we do before Google Maps? Can you imagine living without it?” […]

developmental relationships in Guatemala

By Peter C. Scales, Ph.D., Eliel Gebru, and Maura Shramko, Ph.D. Search Institute has almost 15 years of experience measuring Developmental Assets® in more than 30 countries around the world. However, we haven’t had the opportunity to explore whether and how our work on developmental relationships might resonate in contexts and cultures beyond the United […]

youth sports

By Peter C. Scales, Ph.D. Being both a positive youth development researcher and a high school tennis coach, I was especially interested in–frustrated with–a recent youth sports story that makes most of us shake our heads in disbelief. If what we’re trying to do in relationships with young people is to help them discover who […]

By Mackenzie Steinberg, Research and Development Communications VISTA, Search Institute One of the reasons I decided to apply to be an AmeriCorps VISTA member at Search Institute is its commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Here at Search Institute, our vision is that all young people have what they need to thrive. All young people. […]

by Eugene C. Roehlkepartain, PhD It’s almost a throwaway line to say, “It’s all about relationships.” We use it to sell cars, computers, and coffee. We train doctors and nurses to work on their bedside manners. We script call center operators to make sure even unhappy customers “have a nice day.” Teachers attend in-service workshops […]