Teacher-Counselor Satisfaction

In 2018, Pongo partnered with Prof. Elise Murowchick and her statistics class at Seattle University, to create and conduct a survey of teachers, counselors, and others who have implemented writing programs using the Pongo Method. The data from 34 surveys was analyzed, in particular by students Emily Stefhon and Xavier Hernandez.

Research considered Pongo as an effective intervention for at-risk youth, in particular for incarcerated populations who are often faced with trauma and mental health challenges that exacerbate potential for recidivism and related harmful behavior.

Results of the study  have shown that the majority of instructors reported overall high satisfaction with the Pongo program, which is an imperative finding because it shows the methodology is easily approachable and able to be implemented by a variety of instructors. In addition to discovering that Pongo instructors who found the program easy to implement experienced high success and satisfaction, results demonstrate that these instructors also had higher rates of participants who enjoyed the program. Participants who enjoyed the program were reported to be more comfortable with others and sharing their emotions as well as experience increases in their desire for education and continuing to write. This is a critical finding, as education is a leading avenue for avoiding recidivism. Each of these outcomes is associated with a good return on investment for all involved. Here is some of the data, based on a 1-7 point Likert scale, with higher numbers indicating "strongly agree."

Teachers reports about their use of Pongo:

  • Easy to implement (M = 6.15)
  • Experienced success (M = 6.2)
  • Felt more satisfied in work (M = 6.2)

 Teachers reports about the participants' responses to Pongo:

  • More in touch with feelings (M = 5.98)
  • More comfortable with feelings (M = 5.46)
  • More enthusiastic about their education (M = 5.05)
  • Continued to write after Pongo (M = 5.32)