International Social and Emotional Learning Assessment (ISELA)

Ready for purpose

The International Social and Emotional Learning Assessment is a scenario- and performance-based measure designed to assess the development of self-concept, stress management, perseverance, empathy, relationship management, and conflict resolution in children ages 6 - 12 years old. It is intended to provide data for program monitoring and evaluation purposes. This version of ISELA was administered to a sample of 620 Kurdish-speaking Syrian refugee children attending public schools in Dohuk, Iraq. Results of the testing indicated that ISELA is ready for purpose with modest revisions if used in the same context. If used in a new context, the measure requires adaptation and further testing. We note that ISELA or modules from the tool have previously been tested, adapted, and used in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Egypt, Haiti, Iraq, Jordan, Kenya, Mexico, South Sudan, Tanzania, Syria, Thailand, and Uganda.

Please see the package that includes the version of the measure tested in Iraq in English and Arabic, and the technical working paper, assessor training, and administration guide in English.  

For more information, please contact Dr. Nikhit D’Sa at and Save the Children at


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Resource Info


Published by

Save the Children


Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS)
Social and Emotional Learning
Learning Assessment


Basic research, Program monitoring, Program evaluation

Resource Category:

Social-emotional Skills