Initial Research Highlights

The Study

The AIM Reserach Study was implemented to study both the process and impact evaluations of the AIM Buddy Project in elementary school classrooms.

  • The process evaluation assessed how the program was implemented and what teachers and students thought about the program.
  • The impact evaluation assessed how the program contributed to students’ character attributes and social and emotional self-ratings, among other factors.

The Participants

Nine schools across two school districts in central and eastern Massachusetts volunteered to participate in the study. In total nine schools, 90 classrooms, and 1155 students participated the study.

Click on the logo below to read the Interim Research Report that was released in December 2016.


Initial Research Highlights

What’s Next Researchers from the Institute for Applied Research in Youth Development at Tufts University will continue to analyze the substantial amount of data collected with the goal of better understanding the impact of this initiative on teaching and learning in the areas of social, emotional and character development.

Look back for the final report on the research findings in June 2017.


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