About Character Lab

Our mission: to advance the science and practice of character development

How does Character Lab support parents and teachers?

We turn scientific discoveries about the mindsets and skills that develop character into actionable advice for parents and teachers. On this website, you’ll find Playbooks, organized by character strength, with information and activities based on rigorous research studies. In each Playbook, you’ll also find links to books, videos, and other recommended resources. Each week, our co-founder and CEO Angela Duckworth writes a Thought of the Week, a short personal piece related to current events or new psychological research. You can sign up to receive them by email, or read them here. Because we are a nonprofit organization generously supported by philanthropic foundations and individuals, everything we do is free of charge.

Who founded Character Lab?

Character Lab is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 2013 by one scientist and two educators: Angela Duckworth, author of Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance and the Christopher H. Browne Distinguished Professor of Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania; Dave Levin, co-founder of the KIPP public charter schools; and Dominic Randolph, Head of School at Riverdale Country School.

Does Character Lab do research?

There are many great ideas for how to build character in children, but scientifically testing these ideas is notoriously slow, hard, and expensive. When great ideas idle, kids miss out.

Our solution is the Character Lab Research Network, a growing consortium of trailblazing schools and top scientists from leading universities. Together, we develop and test activities to better understand how to support the development of character and well-being in young people.

Culture Book

Learn more about our vision, history, and values

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Strategic Partnerships

The Behavior Change for Good Initiative at the University of Pennsylvania unites leaders in the social sciences, medicine, computer science, and neuroscience to improve daily decisions about health, education, and savings.

PERTS empowers educators to improve student outcomes by applying research-based practices.

Relay teaches teachers and school leaders to develop in all students the academic skills and strength of character needed to succeed in college and life.

Qualtrics is the leader in experience management and empowers users to capture customer, product, brand & employee experience insights on one platform.