The Blanchard Institute has deployed an effective measuring protocol for participants of the Student Self Leadership (StudentSL) program to recognize the positive effects of developing resiliency skills in students resulting in improved grades, better relationships with teachers and parents, and increased self esteem. This is accomplished through administering a survey prior to taking the StudentSL course and a student post-survey taken to measure the impact of character development components covered in the StudentSL training.
Currently, all StudentSL programs employ the resiliency survey. This information is included in a database of more than 600,000 samples from Canadian students measured over the last seven years.
Resiliency: Assessing Developmental Strengths
In collaboration with our partner, Meritcore, we intend to use the survey method to asses and evaluate the effectiveness of multiple training programs, processes and the individual’s capacity for growth. Once all participants’ information has been analyzed, a comprehensive report is produced to show key areas of growth, strengths and vulnerability, as well as some specific strategies to begin working through the areas that could use attention.
Customization and Elements of Resiliency Surveys
Blanchard Institute has benefited from a custom Leadership survey from Resiliency Initiatives, which has the unique capacity to modify evaluation questionnaires and develop evaluation protocols that are specific to the context and needs of each organization, service or program, while maintaining full evaluative integrity.
Through the process of exploring and identifying client needs and objectives, the questionnaire(s) is developed using the most appropriate combination of the following elements:
1) Socio-Demographic Items: Information such as gender, age, and grade, as well as client engagement and the impact of service provided.
2) Resiliency Factors/Developmental Strengths: The external and internal Developmental Strengths that are related to long-term resiliency and wellness in children, adolescents and adults.
3) Core Character Competency Traits: The factors that are the foundational attitudes, skills and knowledge that are strongly correlated with social capacity and resiliency.
4) Pro-Social Items: Constructive behaviors such as volunteerism, leadership, creativity, spiritual activities, physical activities and persistence
5) At-Risk Behaviors: Such as alcohol and drug abuse, gambling, aggression, vandalism, theft, victimization, absenteeism and avoidance.
6) Outcome/Thriving Indicators: Additional items that capture the impact of the service provided such as mentorship, sense of purpose, optimism, independence, basic needs and parenting capacity.
For more information please contact Kevin.Hammond@BlanchardInstitute.org