Summaries of Evaluation Studies

United Kingdom, 2018

Type of trial: Randomised controlled trial, validated scales.

When conducted: 2016-17

By: Queen’s University Belfast, Funded by the Education Endowment Foundation

Number of children: 3904

Major findings:

  • Improvement in self-regulated learning (teacher report)
  • No improvements in emotional self-regulation (child report). However up to 1/3 of children were unable to complete the measure which hadn’t been validated for children this age. Low security of finding
  • Very positive process evaluation from teachers

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Czech Republic, 2016

Type of trial: Randomised control trial, own questionnaire (not validated)

When conducted: 2015-16

By: Consortium of Prague academics

Number of children: 807

Major findings:

Increase in:

  • self-regulation
  • cooperation with peers
  • particular benefits for children with SEND

Published article: Not yet available

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Netherlands, 2016

Type of trial: Cluster randomised control trial, validated scales

When conducted: 2012-14

By: The Trimbos Institute

Number of children: 1,177

Major findings:

Improvement in:

  • emotion recognition
  • adaptive coping skills
  • motivation

Reduction in:

  • hyperactivity
  • aggressive behaviour

No significant findings from teacher reports

Published article: Not yet available

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Norway, 2012

Type of trial: Randomised control trial, validated scales

When conducted: 2007-08

By: Centre for Child and Adolescent Mental Health, Eastern and Southern Norway

Number of children: 1,483

Major findings:

Improvements in:

  • Coping skills
  • Classroom climate
  • Academic skills

Reduction in:

  • Bullying
  • Impact of mental health problems

Published articles:

Solveig Holen, Trine Waaktaar, Arne Lervåg & Mette Ystgaard. The effectiveness of a universal school-based programme on coping and mental health: a randomised, controlled study of Zippy’s Friends. Educational Psychology: epub ahead of print. DOI:10.1080/01443410.2012.686152

Solveig Holen, Trine Waaktaar, Arne Lervåg & Mette Ystgaard. Implementing a Universal Stress Management Program for Young School Children: Are there Classroom Climate or Academic Effects? Scandinavian Journal of Educational Research. epub ahead of print. DOI:10.1080/00313831.2012.656320

 

Ireland, 2010

Type of trial: Randomised control trial, validated scales

When conducted: 2008-09

By: Health Promotion Research Centre, National University of Ireland Galway

Number of children: 730

Major findings:

Improvements in:

  • Emotional literacy
  • Coping skills
  • Classroom relationships

Reduction in:

  • Hyperactivity

Published articles:

Clarke, A. M., Bunting, B. & Barry, M. M. (2014). Evaluating the implementation of a school-based emotional well-being programme: a cluster randomized controlled trial of Zippy’s Friends for children in disadvantaged primary schools. Health Education Research, 29(5), 786-798.  doi: 10.1093/her/cyu047

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