Evaluation is a vital part of understanding and communicating our impact, as well as learning about the effectiveness of our model.
For over 10 years, we have engaged colleagues at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, UCLA, and the National Center for Schools and Communities of Fordham University, to enhance our evaluation tools and methodologies.The outcomes we measure through pre-and-post assessments include:
- Improving students’ social-emotional skills and peacemaking behavior;
- Integrating peacemaking and social-emotional skills into regular classroom practices (curriculum, discipline);
- Empowering schools to have a strong, integrated culture that sustains and models peacemaking.
Our evaluation data for the 2010-11 school year show we are making solid strides in challenging school environments. Key findings include:
- Students showed important gains in their peacemaking behavior and decreases in peace-breaking behavior. Between the start and end of the school year, we doubled the likelihood that students would treat each other with respect, and more than doubled the likelihood they would resolve conflicts calmly, walk away from a fight, or stand up for one another.
- All of our students showed significant gain in their understanding of key Peace First concepts between the beginning and end of the school year. Knowledge gains were shown across prek-8th grade students between the fall and spring semesters, with the highest gains for 2nd and 6th graders.
- Results for our 3rd-5th grade students were reviewed more closely using pre/post statistical analysis to show statistically significant positive shifts in peacemaking behaviors.
Teachers have also remarked on the impact of our work, with 92% of teachers at Peace First schools reporting positive social gains in their students, including...
- Treating each other with respect in their classroom (65%).
- Calmly resolving disagreements with their peers (61%).
- Choosing to walk away from a fight or conflict (48%).
- Standing up or looking out for each other (55%).
Click here to view our National Evaluation Report for the 2010-11 school year.