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11th June 2023.

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What's the Buzz?
Clinical trials

Clinical study

The preliminary results for the world-first clinical trial on the efficacy of the 'What's the Buzz? Social and Emotional Literacy program' have now been collated and evaluated.

The trial was conducted by an independent researcher, Adele;

It ran in South Australia for the first 6 months of 2018 and 2,000 school students aged from 4 to 10 years of age, educators and parents took part. A special thank you to South Australian educators - we were overwhelmed by your enthusiasm to be part of the trial! Thanks to so many of you who showed grit and stuck with it! Feedback was sought from students, educators and parents. Experimental and control groups were compared, and all 16 lessons from the EARLY LEARNER's program were used.

Unfortunately, the researchers did not write a research report or publish any of the findings as initially intended, due to conflicting and busy schedules.

However, the preliminary findings are still of importance and value and they show a positive result for improvement in all social domains measured. To gather this information, a combination of questions we created for the purpose of this study (for qualitative data) as well as the empirically validated Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire (SDQ). We used regression analyses and a series of ANOVAS on SPSS. Students attended public and private schools and male and female students were included. Groups included small target groups and whole class groups. Each school had an experimental group (students who participated in the What's the Buzz group) and control group (students of the same age who did not participate in What's the Buzz) who were selected randomly.

To measure the efficacy of the What's the Buzz group, we measured five domains; Self-Awareness, Self-Management, Social Awareness, Relationship Skills and Responsible Decision Making. Parents, teachers and students rated students on these domains prior to a What's the Buzz program (pre-group) and then again following the completion of the program (post-group). An increase/ improvement was found across all five domains for the groups participating in the What's the Buzz program. The difference between pre and post group scores for the experimental and control group for Responsible Decision Making was significant, meaning that this gain was directly due to the implementation of the What's the Buzz group.

'What's the Buzz?' is now considered as a rigorously evaluated evidenced-based program.