Theory of Assets Getting To Outcomes

Similar to the generic GTO model, the combined Developmental Assets® and Getting To Outcomes® (AGTO) intervention uses Empowerment Evaluation theory, which states that there is a greater probability of achieving positive results when evaluators collaborate with practitioners and provide them tools and opportunities to plan, implement with quality, evaluate outcomes, and use a continuous quality improvement system themselves. As such, AGTO also has roots in traditional evaluation and results-based accountability. Collectively, we have defined the knowledge and skills related to the activities targeted by AGTO’s 10 steps as prevention “capacity” at the individual level, which is related to how well prevention is carried out at the program level. Consistent with social cognitive theories of behavioral change, it is believed that among community practitioners, exposure to AGTO training and technical assistance leads to more knowledge about performing AGTO-related activities. This knowledge leads to improved attitudes toward these activities, which in turn leads to stronger AGTO-related programming. Implementing positive youth development programs with high quality has the best chance at helping build more assets among youth.


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2. Getting to Outcomes and “GTO” are registered trademarks of the RAND Corporation and the University of South Carolina.