International Social and Emotional Learning Assessment (ISELA) - Iraq

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. 

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

ISELA is also the focus of a Journal on Education in Emergencies (JEiE) article.

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Evidence Snapshot

Much of the evidence is positive and we are confident in the quality of the evidence. We do note that adding additional items and revising the stop and skip rules could improve the ease of measure testing and assessing the internal structure of the measure. However, given that there is clear guidance on how the measure can be revised, we recommend this measure for its specified purpose(s) with adaptaion. We note that ISELA or modules from the tool have previously been tested, adapted, and used in DRC, Egypt, Haiti, Iraq, Jordan, Kenya, Mexico, South Sudan, Tanzania, Syria, Thailand, and Uganda
620 Kurdish-speaking Syrian refugee children

Measure Snapshot

For what?
Program monitoring
About what?
Social-emotional Skills
Paper/Pencil format
Enumerator/Data Collector
By what method?
Performance-based assessment

Resource Info

Published by

Save the Children

Authored by

Nikhit D’Sa & Allyson Krupar


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

Geographic Focus



Basic research, Program monitoring, Program evaluation

Resource Category:

Social-emotional Skills