The Roots of Empathy Evaluation Report Launch


The Centre for Evidence and Social Innovation are launching the findings of a major four-year evaluation of the Roots of Empathy social and emotional learning programme in schools.

The Centre for Evidence and Social Innovation is pleased to invite you to the launch of the Roots of Empathy Evaluation Report, on Wednesday 7 September 2016 at 12.30 pm in The Canada Room/Council Chamber at Queen's.

Funded by the National Institute for Health Research Public Health Programme, the evaluation consisted of a randomised trial involving 74 primary schools. It tracked over 1,200 children over five years to assess whether the Roots of Empathy programme has a positive impact on children's behaviour and also whether any effects found lasted.

Professor Paul Connolly will be presenting the results of this evaluation  alongside a series of other presentations, including the first-hand experiences of teachers and pupils who have taken part in the programme.

We are delighted that Mary Gordon, Founder and President of Roots of Empathy will also be speaking at the event and sharing her experiences of delivering the programme across the world.

For further information, please contact: Dr Sarah Miller:

Places are limited so please register by contacting: David Piekaar:



12:30 – 13:30 Lunch

13:30 – 13:40 Welcome

13:40 – 14:00 Opening address

14:00 – 14:10 Mary Black CBE: Welcome from the PHA

14:10 – 14:35 Mary Gordon

14:35 – 14:50 The school and children’s perspective

14:50 – 15:20 Professor Paul Connolly: Findings from the evaluation

15:20 – 15:40 Dr Sarah Miller: The findings in broader context

15:40 – 16:00 Recommendations and next steps


Roots of Empathy is a classroom based social and emotional learning programme aimed at improving prosocial behaviour and decreasing aggressive behaviour in primary school children. To find out more, please visit


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