Peter Gerlings, Board of Trustee and Chair of the Research Committee of the We Are All Music Foundation (WAAM) recently undertook a case study of one of our Power of Music grantees – Guitars Over Guns (GOGO) – to showcase how their music mentoring program has helped bring about some striking improvements across key metrics showing progress towards Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) during COVID. Here, he examines how two organizations, Hello Insight and Guitars Over Guns, have teamed up to measure the impact of Guitars Over Guns’ music mentoring programs on its participants and specifically through the lens of Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) and the Theory of Change. Both of these important concepts are described in the body of this document.
The Covid-19 Pandemic has had huge impacts on not only the young people whom Guitars Over Guns targets with its music mentoring, it has also impacted the way we measure the benefits that come from these programs. In addition to disruptions to time series data, many of the baseline conditions for Social and Emotional Learning have been completely altered in a world with deliberately high levels of personal isolation.
This paper highlights data collected on behalf of Guitars Over Guns for the period from January 4, 2021 to June 18, 2021. This paper will examine the metrics within the much larger Hello Insight study on Social and Emotional Learning that we feel have relevancy in this environment, and more importantly, demonstrate an improvement in the SEL skills of those participating in the survey, and how these improvements help prepare young people for the lives they have ahead of them.
Download the PDF here: We Are All Music Foundation – Research Report 1 (2021-12) (SEL)