Are there more character strengths than listed on your site? Where are the other Playbooks? How can I get involved with Character Lab? Do you offer measures of character for summative assessment? Doesn’t success depend on things other than character? What kinds of schools are you working with? I have a program that develops character. Can we partner? Can you evaluate it? I want to include your [visuals, strengths, information] in my [curriculum, training, presentation]. Is there copyright? What do I need to do?
Yes, there are many more individual character strengths than we have listed. We've selected some of the best-studied strengths across all three dimensions of character. There's probably no list that's exhaustive because character is not one-size-fits-all; we encourage teachers, students, and families to think about what's right for them. What strengths are important to you and your community?
That said, Character Lab is in the process of launching additional character strength pages, so check back soon. You can explore additional character strengths at the VIA Institute on Character.
No, we don't offer summative character assessment. Why not? There are several reasons. For instance, character measures are often too easy to fake, and we think that assessing character for a grade undermines the idea of character as intrinsically good for the student and others. Read more in this op-ed and this academic paper.
Yes, success is affected by many factors. But there is evidence that character skills benefit students no matter their circumstances.
We work with all types of schools. We believe that character development has a place wherever there are students—private, public, parochial, urban, suburban, rural, low-income, high-income, and everything in between. For budget reasons, we currently host research projects only in the US.
It's great to hear that others are doing parallel work. However, we’re not set up to partner with or evaluate other programs at this time.
It's our goal to make our work as widely accessible as possible. To that end, you're welcome to use and distribute our materials to your staff or colleagues for non-commercial purposes. Similarly, if you’d like to share them on a blog or other public source, that’s great too. All of our materials are under copyright, so we ask that you credit us and respect the following limitations: Please don’t take our work and 1) claim it’s your own, 2) misrepresent or misconstrue it and then claim the ideas came from us, or 3) attempt to make money from it in any way. If you wish to distribute our content for commercial purposes, please contact us. Thanks!