The Importance of Research and Evidence-based instruction in SEL

There are a growing number of social and emotional learning programs available for educators and others who work with children and young adults. Many of these programs, while meaning well, have no research or evidence to support their approach or claims of effectiveness.

Lions Quest has twenty-years of research behind the program’s pedagogy and content, as well as studies that demonstrate that when implemented with fidelity, Lions Quest is evidence-based and proven effective.

A number of national and international organizations committed to guiding young people toward healthy, drug-free, and violence-free lives have recognized Lions Quest and Lions Clubs International Foundation’s support of youth development. Our research-based programs and superior professional development have been given high marks by numerous organizations.

U.S. and Canada

  • Evaluation of the Intervention Efficacy of Lions Quest Skills for Adolescence. Jennifer Lee Switzer, Walden University 2016 – Download
  • Effective Classroom Management Strategies in the Lions Quest Classroom. Eagle Mountain-Saginaw School District, Texas. AIR Final Report, October 2016 – Download
  • Lions Quest Skills for Growing: Implementation and Outcome Study in Wood County, West Virginia
    AIR Final Report by Yael Kidron, Mark Garibaldi, Emily Anderson, and David Osher. December 2015 – Download
  • Lions Quest Skills for Adolescence: Implementation and Outcome Study in Wood County, West Virginia
    AIR Final Report by Yael Kidron, Mark Garibaldi, and David Osher. January 2016 – Download
  • Lions Quest Skills for Action: Implementation and Outcome Study in Wood County, West Virginia
    AIR Final Report by Yael Kidron, Mark Garibaldi, and David Osher. January 2016 – Download
  • Study Brief: The Effects of Three Lions Quest Programs on Students’ Behaviors and Prosocial Attitudes by Yael Kidron, Mark Garibaldi, and David Osher.2015 – Download
  • An Evaluation Report of Student Attitude and Behavior Changes, Year Three of the Learn and Serve Project – Executive Summary (Skills for Action Evaluation) by Dr. Molly Laird, December 2009 – Download
  • Evaluation of Project SAVE for LA Webber High School, Lyndonville, New York (Skills for Adolescence and Skills for Action) by Dr. Richard Bradley and Dr. Molly Laird, July 2009 Download
  • Lions-Quest Skills for Action: Teens, Alcohol, and Other Drugs (TAOD), from 2006 annual report, U.S. Department of Education, Office of Safe & Drug Free Schools Download
  • Brandon University (Canada) Study of Skills for Growing and Skills for Adolescence, December 2003 Download
  • Addictive Behaviors 28 (2003): Dr. Marvin Eisen’s Evaluation of the Lions-Quest Skills for Adolescence Program: Second Year behavior outcomes 2003 Download
  • Service-Learning Evaluation Project: Program Effects for At-Risk Students (Skills for Action Evaluation) by Dr. Molly Laird and Steven Black 1999 Download
  • An Outcome Evaluation of Lions Quest Skills for Growing Grades K-5 by Kim Sehwan and Molly Laird, 1995 Download

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