Summary of Findings

A survey of coalition members was used to assess change on individual practitioners’ prevention capacity between baseline and one and two years later. Structured interviews with 32 program leaders (16 intervention, 16 control) were used to assess changes in prevention performance during the same time period. At one year (the mid-point of the AGTO intervention), change in prevention capacity over time between intervention and control did not differ, however in analyses of only those assigned to the AGTO condition, AGTO users had evidenced greater improvement in their capacity (i.e., self-efficacy to conduct Assets-based programming and the frequency with which they engaged in AGTO behaviors). Non-users’ self-efficacy of AGTO declined. Interview ratings showed improvement in several key areas of performance among intervention programs. Improvement was associated with the number of technical assistance hours received. The results at two years were similar. There again were no significant differences between AGTO and the control group’s prevention capacity. However, similar to the year-one results, within the AGTO group, significant differences were found between those with greater exposure to and use of AGTO. Programs that received the highest number of technical assistance hours showed the most program improvement. These results suggest that AGTO improves the capacity of community practitioners, and the performance of programs, among those who make use of it.
 
AGTO Research Publications

Chinman, M., Acosta, J., Ebener, P., Burkhart, Q., Clifford, M., Corsello, M., Duffy, T., Hunter, S., Jones, M., Lahti, M., Malone, P.S., Paddock, S., Phillips, A., Savell, S., Scales, P., & Tellet-Royce, N. (in press). "Intervening with practitioners to improve the quality of prevention: One year findings from a randomized trial of Assets-Getting To Outcomes". Journal of Primary Prevention.
 
Chinman, M., Acosta, J., Ebener, P., Burkhart, Q., Clifford, M., Corsello, M., Duffy, T., Hunter, S., Jones, M., Lahti, M., Malone, P.S., Paddock, S., Phillips, A., Savell, S., Scales, P., & Tellet-Royce, N. (2012). "Establishing and evaluating the key functions of an Interactive Systems Framework based on Assets-Getting To Outcomes". American Journal of Community Psychology, 50, 295-310. PMC3399058
 
Acosta J & Chinman M. (2011). "Building Capacity for Outcomes Measurement in Human Service Organizations: The 'Getting To Outcomes' (GTO) Method". In Jennifer L. Magnabosco and Ronald W. Manderscheid (Eds.), Second Edition. Outcomes Measurement in the Human Services: Cross-Cutting Issues and Methods in the Era of Health Reform. Pg. 73-87. Washington, D.C.: NASW Press.