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


The OECD Centre for Educational Research and Innovation (CERI) is preparing a longitudinal study designed to identify children’s social and emotional skills development in major cities around the world. This study, called the Longitudinal Study of Children's Social and Emotional Skills in Cities (LSEC), will be conducted within the framework of the OECD project on Education and Social Progress. LSEC will follow the lives of a large number of children starting from Grades 1 and 7 until early adulthood by collecting information on skills, learning contexts and outcomes. 


This study has been designed based on analytical findings from CERI activities: Social Outcomes of Learning (SOL) and Education and Social Progress (ESP). These works underline the importance of mobilizing longitudinal data that captures the development of children’s critical skills.

The proposed study aims at better understanding how parents, teachers and communities drive children’s cognitive, social and emotional development; and, how these skills, in turn, drive their lifetime success in education, the labour market and in wider society. It is designed to shed light on:

  • To identify the social and emotional skills that drive children’s future outcomes, including educational attainment, labour market, health status, relationships and civic engagement;
  • To understand how investments made by families, schools and communities influence the development of skills; and,
  • To develop recommendations and measurement tools for policy-makers and practitioners to better monitor and enhance social and emotional skills.



Data collection design
Location Major cities in OECD member and non-member countries  
Respondents Students, teachers and parents  
Target cohorts Children in Grades 1 and 7 (approximately ages 6 and 12)  
Measures Learning contexts, cognitive, social and emotional skills, and outcomes  
Timeline Developmental work (2013-2019) and main data collection (2020 onwards)  




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