Education and Social Progress



The OECD is soon to launch an initial Study on Social and Emotional Skills to help cities and countries to improve social and emotional skills amongst children and young people, and to pave the way towards a longitudinal study. 



The OECD Education and Social Progress (‌‌ESP) project aims at better understanding how education and skills drive individual well-being and societal progress. 

 The main project objectives are:

  • To shed light on the power of social and emotional skills such as perseverance, self-esteem and respect for others in driving children’s life success in education, labour market, health, relationships and civic engagement;
  • To better understand how school-aged children’s skills progressively develop overtime through investments from families, schools and communities; and,
  • To develop recommendations and measurement tools, using the evidence collected, for policy-makers, school administrators, practitioners and parents to help children achieve their full potential, improve their life prospects and contribute to societal progress. 

Skills for Social Progress: The Power of Social and Emotional Skills

Fostering Social and Emotional Skills through Families, Schools and Communities

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 LSEC - Longitudinal Study of Children's Social and Emotional Skills in Cities    

‌Phase 1 of the project developed a conceptual framework based on an extensive literature review conducted in collaboration with a number of leading researchers in the fields of psychology, education and economics, as well as elaborate longitudinal data analyses of 9 OECD countries and a synthesis of existing policies and practices on social and emotional learning. The outcome of this work is summarised in the report titled “Skills for Social Progress: the Power of Social and Emotional Skills”, published on 10 March 2015.

At the High Level Policy Forum on Skills for Social Progress held on 24-25 March 2014 in São Paulo, Brazil, Ministers of Education and other education leaders from around the world acknowledged an important role of social and emotional skills in driving societal progress and the need to develop and better measure them.

Phase 2 will build on evidence from Phase 1 and develop a longitudinal study of children's social and emotional skills in in cities (LSEC). This main longitudinal study is scheduled to be launched after 2020.



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