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The Study on Social and Emotional Skills - FAQ


Why this Study?


SES Why this study


The role and impact of social and emotional skills are increasingly critical in diverse and changing economies and societies. This is true for individuals, but it is also true for communities and nations as a whole. The ability of citizens to adapt, be resourceful, respect and work well with others, and to take personal and collective responsibility is increasingly distinguishing those communities and societies that are building improved social cohesion and economic growth and those that are not.


Who will benefit from this study?

We all use social and emotional skills every day and live in a highly interconnected world where ‘how you interact’ matters. Developing social and emotional skills allows children and young people to navigate this complex environment, shaping their everyday interactions with friends and family. Parents, teachers and schools will benefit from better understanding precisely which socio-emotional skills matter, why they matter, and how they can be fostered.


This information from the Study can be used by parents to create home environments that are more conducive to the development of social and emotional skills. It can also be used by teachers and schools to amend their curricular and extracurricular activities in a way that will foster students’ social and emotional skills. Finally, study findings can also be used by policy makers to devise better policy instruments geared towards promoting these types of skills in students.


Which cities are participating in the Study?

There are 10 cities participating in the Study, representing a diverse range of cultural, educational and linguistic contexts.

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How does this Study fit into other OECD surveys?


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What OECD publications regarding the Study will be released?

The main publication will be an International Report that will summarise all the main results obtained from the Study. This report will be published in the second half of 2020.


We will also publish our two framework documents: Conceptual Framework (already published) and the Assessment Framework (which will be published right after the International Report).


Finally, once the Study is completed, we will publish the Technical Report that will specify our technical standards, design features and other technical details of the Study.

Where can I find further information on the Study?

  • For further information on the Study, including a more detailed timeline, implementation plan and overview, click here.

  • For further information on the roles, responsibilities and resources for cities and countries participating in the Study, click here.

How do I find out more?

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