Assess Social Emotional Learning
…feel disconnected or disengaged from people in and out of school
…experience inequities or trauma in their life
…feel that they do not have an identity or agency
…struggle with a sense of hopelessness
Which can result in…
…a lack of academic motivation
…participation in risky behaviors as a means of coping
…challenges with impulse control or emotional regulation
…struggles with stress management
…a lack of skills to build or maintain relationships with others
…the inability to make responsible decisions
Developmental Relationships Form the Roots of Success
Relationships that young people have with adults in their life have a meaningful impact. In the same way that a tree’s roots need nutrients from different parts of soil to grow healthy and strong, young people grow and thrive when they have positive relationships with multiple adults in their life. Developmental relationships help young people forge identities, learn new skills, and strengthen the roots of their success, so they can withstand the storms of life. Family members, teachers, school administrators, coaches, program leaders, and others can help young people figure out who they are and who they can become.
Caring alone isn’t enough…
We know that most people who work with young people sincerely care about kids. Unfortunately, our research shows that just having caring adults present in the lives of young people is not enough. To maximize impact, young people need a web of relationships with adults who challenge growth, provide support, expand possibilities, and share power, in addition to express care.
The Developmental Relationships Survey is the first step in identifying what support and guidance young people receive from the adults in your organization, and provide them with a voice as you make critical decisions. This is also an important step in understanding whether or not these relationships are experienced equitably across differences in race or gender.
Unfortunately, we know that one in five young people report no developmental relationships in their life at all. And another 20% have only one.
1/5 kids report zero developmental relationship
Another 20% report only having one developmental relationship
What is your relationship plan?
Schools and organizations often say that relationships are a priority. But often amidst other programs and requirements, a plan for how to build strong relationships takes a back seat.
Gathering focused data about where these relationships are needed is the first step in learning how to strengthen your school or program’s relationships, equity, and social emotional skills.
The Developmental Relationships Survey
We’re excited to introduce the Developmental Relationships Survey, a valid and reliable assessment that will bring actionable data and insight to your school or program. Measuring the effectiveness of relationships is the first step to being able to implement the kinds of solutions young people need to be and become their best selves.
But this survey doesn’t stop with just measuring relationships.
Developing an environment of equity also plays an important role in how young people experience relationships.
And strong relationships, along with equity, open the door for other important social emotional learning (as defined by CASEL*), such social awareness, self-awareness and self-management.
Who is the survey for?
Schools can use the Developmental Relationships Survey for grades 4 through 12. Because the survey is valid to age 21, higher education institutions can also utilize the survey to evaluate equity, developmental relationships, and social emotional learning beyond high school.
Empowering youth so they can effectively deal with their day to day challenges requires strong, effective relationships and a keen understanding of what is happening in their lives. Including youth voice in your strategy ensures you’re connecting with them where they are right now.
A strong community needs a level playing field where all youth have equal opportunity to succeed. In a time when social isolation and civil unrest add to the pressures that young people already face, understanding what young people are struggling with is the first step in making that happen.
More than Relationships: The Core Modules
Young people’s experience of expressing care, providing support, challenge growth, sharing power, and expanding possibilities in their day-to-day interactions with staff or teachers. (Staff counterpart survey coming soon)
These measure how well young people are prepared to engage in relationships, and measures the development of their skills that are enhanced through relationships, such as managing emotions, goal setting, empathy for others, and responsible decision making. These measures are aligned with CASEL’s five Social and Emotional Competencies*.
Providing young people an environment that is equitable is important for relationships to thrive. The survey measures instances of bias and discrimination, young people’s perception of safety and justice, and the building of diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI). (Staff counterpart survey coming soon.) Note: some measures recommended for high school only.
Free for a Limited Time: Current Event Modules
For a limited time, get these two modules free with a purchase of the core survey:
This module assesses how young people are feeling during the COVID-19 pandemic, including their stress level, feelings of disconnection, and how they are coping with pandemic-related changes in their lives. This module is free and available for a limited time only. Recommended for high school only
Racial Injustice Module
The Racial Injustice Module includes measures of young peoples’ beliefs in their own, and their community’s, efficacy in advancing racial justice causes. This module is free and available for a limited time only. Recommended for high school only
Choose up to Two Additional Modules
You can further customize your survey by including two additional modules listed below. More modules are being developed and will be available soon.The survey is currently available in English, and an optional audio version is available. A Spanish version will be coming soon, and more translations will be developed over time. Click below to learn more about the additional modules:
This module assesses young people’s mental health during the ongoing pandemic, including the impacts on their relationship and supports. This module is FREE and only available for a limited time.
Racial Injustice Module
Racial Injustice Module includes measures of the young person’s role in combating systemic racism and social injustices. This module is FREE and available only for a limited time.
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Assets
This module measures a young person’s anger about social injustice, awareness of social inequality, and equity-focused social-emotional competencies.
This module looks at civic efficacy, social responsibility, civic skills, volunteering, political engagement, and critical information analysis.
This module looks at a young person’s self-reported grades and academic motivation.
Drug Free Communities
This module measures the 4-Core DFC Measures: 30-day use, perception of parental disapproval, perception of peer disapproval, and perception of risk.
This module measures leadership, teamwork, gratitude, humility, future-mindedness, perseverance, spirituality, and personal responsibility.
What the Survey Includes:
- Comprehensive user guide
- Instructional videos
- Survey administration support
- Online access to the survey, with audio controls built in
- Interactive dashboard, featuring real-time results, filterable for context-specific analysis
- Social-emotional learning measures
- In-depth aggregate reports to guide your data utilization
Optionally Included (additional fees may apply)
- Sub-reports based on a specific cohort of youth, determined by you
- Raw data at the individualized level
- Individually scored data file
- Aggregate report(s) of multiple sites
- Data planning consult via Zoom
- Data presentations
- Professional Development workshops
- Technical Assistance
|Up to 100 Respondents||101-500 Respondents||501+ Respondents|
|Core Modules||$250||$250 plus $2 per additional survey over 100||$798 plus $1.50 per additional survey over 500|
|Additional Site Report||$150 per site||$150 per site||$150 per site|
|Additional Modules (1-2)||$100 for 2 additional modules||$100 for 2 additional modules||$100 for 2 additional modules|
|Additional Modules (3+)||Customized Pricing||Customized Pricing||Customized Pricing|
Confused by the pricing? To get an estimate of what the costs would be for your school or organization, use our interactive pricing tool to get a free quote.
How to Order
Choose Your Core
Assess which areas you need data from the optional Core measures. If you’re not sure what you need, contact our survey team and we will help you determine the modules that will help you get you the results you are looking for.
Choose Your Modules
Determine which of the optional modules that best align with your measurement goals. For more information about the modules, download our sample survey and fact sheet. And take advantage of our free current event modules, only available for a limited time!
Frequently Asked Questions
Who is the survey for?
Schools and programs, seeking actionable data and to guide social emotional learning, school or organizational climate, equitable environments, to improve to strengthen outcomes for young people. Serving grade 4 to Age 21
What is the process for purchasing the survey?
Click the button above to purchase the survey. After you have completed your survey request form, you will receive an invoice in 2-3 business days. At that time, your links will be active and ready for use.
What if I have a question or needs support administering the survey?
The best way to get in touch with us is through this link. We will get back to you to answer your questions.
When will other modules be available?
We are currently developing several additional modules, and we will release them when they are completed this fall and early 2021. To be notified when additional modules are available, please sign to recieive our emails here.
How is the Developmental Relationships Survey different from your other surveys?
The Developmental Relationships Survey is based on the Developmental Relationships Framework, social emotional competencies (as defined by CASEL), equitable practices, and other additional modules that reflect the youth and climate of your organization. This survey is highly tailorable to fit your needs and time constraints.
Our other surveys are based on our Developmental Assets® Framework.
How will I get the survey results?
When you place your order and create your links, you will also create a username and will receive a temporary password in your email that will allow you to login to request your reports.
What if I need additional surveys?
If you need additional surveys, please reach out to us.
Do you have staff surveys available?
Staff surveys will be available soon for the Developmental Relationships and the Equitable Practices core modules. Some add on modules will also be available with a staff component, and are indicated in the description. The added staff component costs an additional $100.
What is the cancellation policy for surveys?
If you decide to cancel your survey order there will be a $100 cancellation fee. You must cancel before administration of the survey. See our Survey Terms & Conditions for more information.
What will Search Institute do with the data that is collected?
Search Institute does not use data for any purposes outside of what is listed in the parental fact sheet and consent letter. The school, program, or organization using the survey will only be able to see an aggregated report of their survey results. These reports are typically used for strategic planning or evaluating the effectiveness of programs.
What is the minimum number of youth for a report to be generated?
A report minimum is 30 youth to be able to analyze the data and create each report. Larger samples can help combat statistical inconsistencies and ensure that a representative sample of the population is surveyed. Some data fields may be suppressed or merged if there are not enough youth.
How long does it take to complete the survey?
The core survey can be completed in as little as 10 minutes. Additional survey measures will change the amount of time it takes to complete the survey. Allow extra time for introduction, questions, and explanations. Please refer to the fact sheet for time estimates for each additional measure.
May I see a sample copy of the survey?
Yes, there is a sample included in the survey packet, you may also request a full sample by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Can I use paper surveys?
Due to the nature of the survey, the Developmental Relationships Survey may only be completed online.
Can the surveys be taken on mobile devices?
Since the surveys are administered through a unique URL they can be completed on mobile devices that have browsers. This includes computers, iPads, tablets, mobile phones, etc. It is something that should be thoughtfully considered. Having youth take the survey on their personal devices could create complications such as: a feeling of inequality, distractions while surveying, the need for additional monitors, completing the survey outside of the administration window, additional data usage charges, etc.
After a survey is administered, what information can we expect from the site report?
The in-depth survey reports will contain detailed charts, graphs, and tables on the scales that your particular survey measures. Depending on sample size and survey type, these scores may be broken down into cohorts based on demographic subgroups. The dashboard will be filterable based on subgroups.
Do parents need to give consent?
We ask that schools, programs, and other organizations use a minimum of passive consent and follow state and local guidelines for determining the necessary level of consent. If IDs are used, we ask that the organization uses active consent. Regardless of the situation, youth should also assent to the survey. All organizations are provided with templates for these documents in the User Guide. Our survey scripts also inform youth that participation is voluntary, even if a parent has already given consent. Please refer to our Consent Form Templates.
Which other languages are services available in?
Currently, the Developmental Relationships Survey is available in English and as an optional audio version. We plan to have a Spanish version available in 2021. Additional language translations may be developed as the need arises. Please contact us for more information. https://www.search-institute.org/surveys/survey-assistance/
Is there a specific time period that my survey must be used?
When you create your surveys input the dates of your survey administration. Your links will remain open until the date you indicated that your administration will be complete.
How long will I have access to the survey and the results?
Search Institute does not currently have a limit on how long you can access the survey or the system. We will alert existing clients if this changes.
We’re here to help you! Please reach out to contact us with any questions you may have, or to schedule a live demo.
*®CASEL 2017. The five social-emotional learning (SEL) competencies were developed and defined by the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL). For more information, visit https://casel.org/core-competencies/
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