Impact

We measure our impact through external evaluations by research centres, with surveys of educators and families, and by using our website. External evaluation and figures show that the solution works and that the problem is urgent.

Appreciation by the Order of Portuguese Psychologists

The Order of Portuguese Psychologists prepared an assessment, which you can read in full, and from which we publish an excerpt:

The "The Guru of Emotions" Program is based on a solid scientific foundation, which encompasses the extensive benefits of socio-emotional skills development programs ... a very simple program to use.


Independent assessment by a Portuguese university
Joana Oliveira was a postgraduate student in 2020/2021 at Escola Superior de Saúde de Santa Maria, supervised by Catarina Simões.

The bottom line is that the program is accessible and effective in teaching emotion identification and emotion regulation strategies.

Through a partnership between Guru das Emoções and Escola Superior de Saúde, it is part of the Guru das Emotions program to develop a project within its specialty and hopes to publish this data soon. However, it has written the following preliminary results:

Santa Maria Health School

"In order to fulfill the study plan of the Post-Graduate Course in Community Nursing at the School of Health of Santa Maria was developed an internship in the Group of Health Centers (ACeS) of Espinho/Gaia, at the Community Care Unit (UCC) of Arcozelo/Espinho. It started in February 2021 and will end on the 24th of September 2021.

The Health Planning methodology was used, which consists of the following steps: situation diagnosis, definition of priorities, setting objectives, selecting strategies, designing of programs and projects, preparation for execution, execution and evaluation.

The proposed theme was the approach to mental health and competences socioemotional factors in school-age children.

In the diagnosis of the situation, a survey of the needs was carried out on Health-Related Quality of Life in children. This one survey was carried out through the application of the questionnaire Kidscreen-52 to students who attend the 3rd and 4th years, at Escola Básica Thorn 3.

The type of study developed was descriptive, cross-sectional and with an approach quantitative analysis, where a sample of 128 children was selected, after the application of a non-random sampling technique to the target population.

In the second stage of Health Planning - determination of priorities - health needs were identified and subsequently prioritized through the grid analysis method.

Thus, after applying this method, the problems considered priorities for action were: Provocation and General Mood.

In this sense, and following the Health Planning methodology, it was a project entitled "teaching" was elaborated, with the objective of sensitize the target population to the importance of identifying and managing emotions. This project also aims to raise awareness of the target population to identify the various types of violence and identify existing support resources in the community.

I used the episodes of the Guru of Emotions in Health Education about managing emotions, and the results obtained in this session were as follows:

  • Rate of children able to identify two characteristics of emotions: 98.6%
  • Rate of children able to distinguish at least three emotions: 99.3%
  • Rate of children able to identify two strategies for managing emotions: 83.1%
  • Do you consider the topic useful?: 95.1%
  • Did you understand the contents covered?: 98.6%
  • Would you like to have more sessions on this topic?: 86.6%"

~ Joana Oliveira, postgraduate student at the School of Health of Santa Maria


School survey results

The following results come from a questionnaire between 25th May and 10th June 2021 to 35 educators that had done the first 7 sessions or more. Of these, 14 answered (response rate: 40%) with answers for 299 children with 6.1 years of age on average (standard deviation: 1.9).

The main result is that the majority of educators strongly agree that Bulgy helped children in the following areas: emotional awareness, emotional well-being, problem-solving, self-confidence, self-awareness, emotional expression, empathy, courage, reduced conflict, reduced stress.

The questionnaire drew inspiration from the "Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire" and had these instructions.

Below are 10 statements about the possible impact of Bulgy on your classroom. For each, please mark whether you disagree, somewhat agree, or strongly agree. Please take into account the videos, podcast, activities, and conversations that arose because of Bulgy and the change in behaviour of children in general.

Disagree
Somewhat agree
Strongly agree

"Bulgy helps to reduce the tiredness and confusion of emotions from the pandemic."

0.0%
Disagree
7.1%
Somewhat agree
92.9%
Strongly agree

"Children's well-being improved thanks to Bulgy."

0.0%
Disagree
14.3%
Somewhat agree
85.7%
Strongly agree

"Children can better resolve day-to-day problems."

0.0%
Disagree
38.6%
Somewhat agree
71.4%
Strongly agree

"Children feel more confident."

0.0%
Disagree
21.4%
Somewhat agree
78.6%
Strongly agree

"Children developed more self-awareness."

0.0%
Disagree
14.3%
Somewhat agree
85.7%
Strongly agree

"Children are better able to verbally express what they are feeling."

0.0%
Disagree
7.1%
Somewhat agree
92.9%
Strongly agree

"Children developed empathy (for example, they are more considerate and cooperative with one another)."

0.0%
Disagree
50.0%
Somewhat agree
50.0%
Strongly agree

"Children have more courage, or are less controlled by their fears."

0.0%
Disagree
28.6%
Somewhat agree
71.4%
Strongly agree

"Children's behaviour is less agressive."

7.1%
Disagree
35.7%
Somewhat agree
57.1%
Strongly agree

"Children deal better with stress (for example, they are calmer during exams)."

7.1%
Disagree
50.0%
Somewhat agree
42.9%
Strongly agree

Survey results in families

The following results come from a questionnaire between 7th and 10th March 2021 for the 76 families that done the first 9 sessions or more. Of these, 55 answered (72% response rate) with answers for 71 children with 6.6 years of age on average (standard deviation: 2.2).

The main result is that 89% of children change behaviour, especially they have are happier, have more courage, and become calmer.

The questionnaire drew inspiration from the "Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire" and had these instructions.

Below are 5 statements. For each of them, choose one of the following options:

  • Not true
  • Somewhat true
  • Very true

It would help us a lot if you answer all statements to the best of your ability, even if you are not absolutely sure or if the statement sounds strange. Please answer based on Bulgy's impact (videos, podcast, activities, and conversations that it sparked) and the child's general behavior (independently of lockdown in the last few weeks).

Not true
Somewhat true
Very true

"The child recognizes better or is more aware of their emotions:"

1.4%
Not true
35.2%
Somewhat true
63.4%
Very true

"The child is better able to tell me how they are feeling:"

2.8%
Not true
36.6%
Somewhat true
60.6%
Very true

"The child has more general understanding about emotions (what they are, where they come from, why we have them):"

0.0%
Not true
26.8%
Somewhat true
73.2%
Very true

"The child is more sensitive to others' emotions:"

5.6%
Not true
38.0%
Somewhat true
56.3%
Very true

"Bulgy changed my child's life:"

5.6%
Not true
49.3%
Somewhat true
45.1%
Very true

Since you started Bulgy's programme, did you notice a difference in your child's behaviour?

32.4%
feels happier
32.4%
has more courage, or is less controlled by their fears
28.2%
is calmer and loses temper less
18.3%
has fewer "tantrums"
14.1%
is more optimistic
8.5%
is less violent
18.3%
other behaviour change
88.7%
any of the options above