SEL Research

Advancing the scientific base for social and emotional learning (SEL) through research has been the hallmark of CASEL’s work since our founding. We do that by synthesizing the research of others, conducting original research, and spotlighting recent research from our colleagues and collaborators.

  • Impact of SEL

    A 2017 meta-analysis shows evidence of SEL’s long-lasting impact. A 2011 study found 11-percentile-point academic gains. Research supporting SEL comes from multiple fields. Learn more.

  • Current CASEL Research

    We work with districts, states, and researchers on multiple projects, including our popular program guides and surveys of educators about SEL. Learn more.

  • Recent Research from Colleagues and Collaborators

    Columbia University found that every $1 invested in SEL programming produced an $11 return. Learn more.