Success Story

Technology Transfer Partnerships: Strengths Assessment Inventory (OPIC)

10/18/2012

Strength in numbers


Researchers at Lakehead University have developed a unique questionnaire that enables examiners to uncover children’s strengths, helping struggling students do better in school and deal with emotional and behavioural issues related to experiences like being bullied.
Establishing where a child’s talents lie is the dream of parents and educators alike. With the help of Ontario Partnership for Innovation and Commercialization (OPIC), researchers at Lakehead University have developed a unique questionnaire that enables examiners to uncover children’s strengths.

The Strengths Assessment Inventory (SAI), comprised of 124 questions in 11 categories, is used to help struggling students do better in school and deal with emotional and behavioural issues related to experiences like being bullied. It can also help address addiction issues in adolescents.

SAI is being used by youth service agencies, area public schools and some Ontario school boards with further deployment to schools across Ontario expected soon. An Early Childhood SAI and a Postsecondary SAI are now being piloted with various agencies.

Return on Innovation

  • Created two jobs
  • Helping Ontario students identify and excel in their strengths

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