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July 07, 2016

Benefits of Social-Emotional Programs Far Outweigh Their Costs

SEL_Core2For every dollar schools spend on six common social-emotional learning programs, those interventions return an average $11 worth of benefits.

That’s the finding of “The Economic Value of Social and Emotional Learning,” a study released this week by the Center for Benefit-Cost Studies of Education at Columbia University’s Teachers College.

To arrive at their conclusions, researchers analyzed existing evaluations of six prominent social-emotional learning interventions, which are described in this graphic I pulled from the report.

“We estimate each intervention’s costs based on the ingredients employed during the implementation previously evaluated,” the report says. “We utilize the effects estimated in the evaluations to estimate economic benefits of the interventions to society. We then calculate the benefit-cost ratios and net present values to determine if the benefits generated by each program outweigh the costs of implementation.”

Costs included in the evaluation include personnel, materials/equipment, facilities, and other inputs. Researchers estimated benefits by measuring the financial impacts of the interventions’ outcomes. For example, a successful bullying intervention may reduce missed school days that can cause students to struggle and need extra academic supports, and it may reduce the amount of costly personnel time that staff spend addressing student complaints. And programs that lead to improved academic results may lead to higher income for students later in life, the report says.

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Source: blogs.edweek.org | Re-Post Fight For Life 7/7/2016