Consider the Context: Why and How to Factor Environment in Measuring Social and Emotional Learning and Soft Skills
USAID's Education Policy (2018) promotes social and emotional learning (SEL) and soft skills programming and measurement. This brief presents evidence concerning the value of considering the learning environment in the development and measurement of SEL and soft skills in low and middle-income countries (LMICs). It concludes with two calls to action:
- Begin measuring the SEL/soft skills environment across LMICs and conflict affected contexts.
- Develop a set of tools that effectively combines the measurement of a SEL/soft skills with the measurement of the environment in which that skill is observed.