Who We Are > Our Impact
DEF’s mission is to improve the lives of young people by empowering them with effective decision skills.
Data gathered from teachers, administrators, counselors, students, and educators world wide proclaim DEF's positive impact. We’d like to share some of that with you.
We present the results of a year-long study establishing the benefits of including decision education within a school’s US History curriculum
In addition, you can read comments from both educators and students about the value of learning decision skills. DEF's Decision Skills have also made it to India where a student used what he learned to positively impact his community.
Although we’re pleased to hear how our work is positively affecting young people now, we know that the challenges ahead are urgent and important: leveraging our efforts to reach greater numbers of educators and students, completing additional classroom-ready curriculum, and introducing more rigorous metrics for evaluating the results of our various programs. In other words, “we’ve only just begun.”
DEF has had a longstanding relationship with the Springfield Public Schools in Oregon. This short film, Better Decisions, Better Lives, captures the value administrators, teachers and counselors have experienced in applying the Decision Quality framework in their work.
See an independent study showing how Decision Skills improved academic scores when integrated into a U.S. History class.