Social-Emotional Response and Information Scenarios (SERAIS)

Ready for purpose

Social-Emotional Response and Information Scenarios (SERAIS) is a scenario-based student assessment designed to measure a suite of social and emotional skills among elementary school-aged children. The measure introduces children to six hypothetical social situations, and prompts them to answer a series of questions asking what they would do in that situation in order to measure four constructs: hostile attribution bias, emotional orientation, emotional regulation, and interpersonal negotiation skills. It is intended to provide data for program evaluation purposes. SERAIS was administered to a sample of 3,661 Syrian refugee children ages 5 - 16 who were enrolled in Lebanese formal schools and had access to the International Rescue Committee’s SEL-infused non-formal retention support programming in the Bekaa and Akkar regions of Lebanon. Results of the testing indicated that SERAIS is ready for purpose with modest revisions if used in the same context. If used in a new context, the measure requires adaptation of the social situation scenarios and items and further testing. We note that versions of SERAIS have also been adapted and tested in Niger and Nigeria.

Please look at the one-pager for a brief overview of the measure, or download the package which includes the user guide, enumerator training powerpoint, and technical working paper.  

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Resource Info


Published by

International Rescue Committee (IRC)
NYU Global TIES for Children


Program evaluation, Basic research

Resource Category:

Social-emotional Skills