As SEL becomes a more-widely understood concept in international circles, we must understand how SEL programs are currently being implemented and adapted internationally. The Lions Quest SEL program has been implemented in more than 100 countries, and materials have been translated into more than 40 languages (Lions Clubs International Foundation, 2018). While there have been small studies of individual country-level adaptations (Salazar Silva, 2015; Matischek-Jauk, Krammer, & Reicher, 2017; Maalouf et al, 2018) there has not been a systematic review of the way international practitioners strategically adapt a US-derived SEL program. In this study, we will examine the adaptation strategies of a number of international implementations.
Methods: Data analysis will be conducted from country-level reports from at least 30 Lions Quest implementation countries. Country-level leaders from at least 12 international Lions Quest program implementations will be interviewed between November 2018 and March 2019. The researcher will use a scripted protocol for the interviews. Data will be analyzed using a constant comparison analysis to identify recurring themes.
Conclusions: We expect the findings to inform growing knowledge about the ways in which the concept of social-emotional is being adapted in the international environment, and to inform policymakers at the local and national level about how to analyze, adapt, integrate and scale a US-derived program in international contexts.