The Hello Insight community is always expanding, and, today, consists of more than 125,000 young people across nearly 2,000 programs in nearly all 50 states. As our community grows, we have an even greater opportunity to analyze the collective data and learn more about what best supports social and emotional learning (SEL).
During summer 2020, we talked to our members, reviewed each tool, and mined our data to ensure we measure what matters most. Our recent findings reinforce the value of positive youth development (PYD) practices that center around young people’s experiences, culture, and context. To learn even more about the research, check out this blog post about our new findings.
These findings have inspired updated and improved reports along with better resources.
Here’s what’s new!
As always, in the new report you will see the percent of young people who are emerging or advanced in each capacity at pre and the percent who succeeded at post. However, the updated reports also show overall capacities such as Core SEL, College SEL, Sports SEL, and Taking Action (formerly Youth Leadership and Action) that summarize the individual capacities under each. We hope that this provides a simple, straight-forward way to understand and communicate the holistic SEL status and growth of the young people you serve.
Until now, Social Capital has been under the Capacities section in the report. However, we've learned that Social Capital does not “behave” like the other SEL capacities. In other words, it is not part of SEL, but rather is a mediator or supporting condition that boosts SEL growth. Therefore, this finding is now in its own section.
In HI Sports you will no longer see Social Connections. Our recent analysis indicated that most questions being measured in Social Connections were similar to those in Social Skills. And, Social Skills was a more robust measure statistically.
Recommendations Are Now Called Experiences
This section of the report was previously called “Recommendations.” It was renamed because we wanted to underscore the fact that each experience is based on feedback directly from young people. Gathering this input is a critical feature of Hello Insight, allowing us to learn what works, for whom, and in what context. It is our hope that this new term grounds each PYD practice in the lived experiences of young people.
You will also notice that there are three new experiences in the reports: Challenge Growth, Engage Authentically, and Share Power. These evolved after two years of testing new items suggested by members. This process allowed us to have a more nuanced way to understand Prioritize Young People and what it takes to develop a strong developmental relationship with young people.
In order to create consistency and convey a sense of action, we have renamed all experiences. Peer-to-Peer Engagement is now called Promote Peer Bonds, Interest Exploration is now Expand Interests, and Goal Management is now Manage Goals.
Foundational, Fortifying, and Focused Experiences
Experiences are now separated into three categories: Foundational, Fortifying, and Focused. Foundational Experiences are those that bolster all of the others. Fortifying Experiences build upon Foundational Experiences, working in targeted ways to meet the specific needs of young people. Focused Experiences are specific to some tools, including HI YLA, Sports, and College Readiness, and refer to opportunities for young people to apply specific skills and knowledge they gain in your programs.
Potential for Impact Score
This score, on a scale from one to ten, is based on each experience’s ability to foster SEL development for each group of young people. Experiences are prioritized based on the Potential for Impact which is determined by the composition of each group, taking into account their pre SEL scores, age, ethnicity, and gender identity.
We’ve included downloadable reflection guides for each experience to help you learn more about how to implement these experiences in your programs. Each guide includes an overview of the research behind them, tangible examples from Hello Insight community members, and a reflection activity to help you and your team strengthen program practices.
In post reports, the Experiences section now shows an Implementation Score. This score, which is included for each experience, is based on a scale from one to 100 and represents the degree to which young people report receiving each research-based best practice.
New reports have updated and more detailed information and resources under report headers. The “About” tab in each section provides a brief description of the data shown in that section, the “Details” tab provides more information about the analytics behind the data, and the “How to Use” tab gives tips and strategies for integrating findings into your work.