Discover MDI: A Field Guide to Well-Being in Middle Childhood

Earlier this year HELP launched Discover MDI: A Field Guide to Well-Being in Middle Childhood, an online tool that supports schools and communities to explore and use their data from the Middle Years Development Instrument (MDI). 

The Field Guide features shareable resources for key MDI concepts and research related to healthy middle childhood development, tools and tips for presenting your MDI data, and recommendations for using the MDI to initiate conversations and change in your schools and communities. It’s aimed at a diverse set of users: those new to the MDI and those who want to deepen their work with their MDI data. It is a collaborative space where users can ask questions, submit their ideas, and share their stories with others who are using MDI data and concepts in their work in BC and across Canada.

Collaboration is a key theme for Discover MDI. This fall, in an effort to foster and deepen collaboration, we are formalizing opportunities for MDI participants to share experiences and learnings and engage in in depth learning on topics from social and emotional learning to working with kids and MDI data in the classroom. This is an exciting initiative and we look forward to sharing all the details in September. In the meantime, please visit for an introduction to the MDI, a deeper dive into the data, and an opportunity to connect, learn and share stories with other change-makers. As well, please see a list of upcoming MDI and SEL focused events at HELP and our collaborators.

Please contact Michael Brigham if you have questions or ideas for what you would like to see on the


Upcoming Events

HELP Talks with Mark Greenberg
Sustaining and Evaluating Social and Emotional Learning Interventions: The New Frontier
Wednesday, September 13th, 2017 at 9:30 am – 12:00 pm 
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2017 HELP Expo
Mark your calendars! This year's Fall Research Expo will take place Wednesday, October 25th This year’s Expo will be led by Joanne Schroeder, Max Bell Policy Fellow, and will include Associate Professor, Dr. Brenda Poon, and community leaders and innovators who are exploring emerging issues related to community collaboration and systems leadership to support early childhood development in our province. Registration and a full agenda will be released in September.