You're Invited! MDI Participation 2018/2019 with New Implementation Dates

An invitation to participate in the Middle Years Development Instrument (MDI) project for the 2018/2019 school year has been sent to school districts across British Columbia. Have you ever wanted to participate? Now is your chance.

The MDI is a scientifically validated self-report survey that asks students in Grade 4 and 7 about their feelings and experiences inside and outside of school in areas related to social and emotional competence and development (e.g., happiness, optimism, empathy, self-regulation, worries, sadness), health (e.g., sleep, nutrition), after school activities, and school success (e.g., school climate, victimization, future aspirations, school motivation). The information gathered on the MDI corresponds to the latest research in the field of social and emotional learning (SEL) that supports the premise that children’s social and emotional competence not only predicts academic success in school but also predicts a range of important outcomes in late adolescence and adulthood, including physical health and overall well-being.

To date, more than half of all BC school districts have administered the MDI, with over 86,000 Grade 4 and 7 students participating since 2010. Many BC school districts implement the MDI over multiple years as a way to track the social and emotional well-being and health of their students over time.

New for the 2018/2019 School Year
We are very pleased to announce that the MDI will be administered in January - February 2019. Timing of the FSA and MDI last year made for a busy stretch for many of you, and we appreciated hearing your feedback on this. Based on our consultations with educators throughout the province, we believe this new timeframe will make it easier to administer the MDI to your students.

Middle childhood is a time of development and transition. Children’s positive experiences during the ages of 9 to 12 can build the foundation for social and emotional health and well-being in adolescence and into adulthood. By collecting and sharing rich data about this developmental period through the MDI, we believe we can make informed choices to ensure that all children have the opportunity to truly flourish and thrive.

For complete participation information, including price and administration information, please contact Marit Gilbert, MDI Implementation Lead, at or 604-827-5504. Marit would be happy to answer any questions you may have. Discover MDI: A Field Guide to Promoting Well-Being in Middle Childhood is an additional – and excellent – resource to help build an understanding of the MDI along with information on how to promote the well-being of children in middle childhood.