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In Event: Roundtable Session (Tuesday VII)
In Refereed Round-Table Session: Beyond scripted lessons – exploring diverse social-emotional learning practices and research approaches
In partnership with Yale University (and other research partners), Mercy Corps conducted a randomized impact evaluation of the Advancing Adolescents program in Jordan. This evaluation was the first ever rigorous evaluation to examine the impact of a program applying a Profound Stress and Attunement framework which is applied across Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq within Mercy Corps.
The goal of the research was to evaluate whether the program had a short-term and long-term effect on numerous biological stress indicators, including cortisol (stress hormone) levels in the brain; perceived stress; and cognitive functioning. This type of research was unique for the region due to the coordinated efforts of multiple actors including INGO, leading global and national academic institutions. Additionally, it is rare that studies are able to look at longer-term impact, especially among programs that work with adolescents. Traditional psychosocial support programs rarely produce evidence-based quantitative results due to the lack of necessary frameworks needed to guide standards of practice and effective evaluation.