News About Getting To Outcomes

SAMHSA Highlights GTO on Redesigned Learning Center

SAMHSA has featured GTO® in its redesigned Learning Center as one of seven highlighted implementation frameworks.

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GTO Partnering with the Office of Adolescent Health

Based on published results demonstrating better program outcomes for sites that use GTO, RAND was asked to train the staff of the Office of Adolescent Health (OAH) on how to use GTO.

For the last several years, OAH has awarded grants to communities for evidence-based teen pregnancy prevention programs. In the most recent round of funding for these programs (81 grants were awarded for a five-year project period and are expected to serve over 290,000 youth each year and over 1.2 million youth over the course of the five-year project), OAH specified that applicants use GTO.

An important part of GTO is providing outside help and coaching: Training OAH staff will enable them to provide effective help and coaching to their grantees.

Getting to Outcomes Guide for Teen Pregnancy Prevention

Researchers have developed a guide to help organizations assess the need for and select a teen pregnancy prevention program, identify specific goals and outcomes, create a detailed plan, identify and use evaluation measures, and apply data for program improvement.

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Getting To Outcomes for Home Visiting

Researchers have developed a manual supporting home visiting program implementation describes a ten-step process that helps empower communities to better plan, implement, and evaluate home visiting programs, with the goal of achieving the best possible outcomes.

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GTO Study Results and Tools Unveiled at a Summit of Maine Officials and Stakeholders

Community-based practitioners can improve their programs using Getting To Outcomes®, a toolkit, training, and onsite-support package which enhances their ability to prevent drug and alcohol use among youth.

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GTO Receives RAND Medal Award

Getting to Outcomes was chosen by a committee representing RAND's leadership to receive a Bronze award for furthering RAND's mission and impact, and for and developing innovative research methods and/or tools. The award committee wrote that:

“GTO is allowing RAND to exert a palpable impact on a myriad of health-oriented prevention efforts. GTO has been used extensively to address a wide range of issues, ranging from teen pregnancy prevention to mental illness prevention and early intervention. For instance, the CDC is using GTO to support local communities to carry out and self-evaluate evidence-based teen pregnancy prevention programming in two separate multi-state initiatives from 2005-10, and from 2010-15. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration selected GTO as the theme for its 2012 Town Hall Meeting, the goal of which is to move communities from awareness of youth drinking to action to address it. At RAND, GTO is currently being used in a suicide-prevention project in RAND's Center for Military Health Policy Research and in an evaluation of California mental health prevention initiatives. The governments of Japan and Israel have translated GTO for use in their own countries. The original GTO manual was downloaded 9,723 times in 2011, and total downloads exceed 82,000—impressive totals for a RAND manual.

REACH Initiative Receives the Maine Campus Compact President's Leadership Award

As an outgrowth of RAND's Assets-Getting to Outcomes (AGTO) project in Maine funded by NIDA and led by Matthew Chinman of the RAND Corporation, the REACH Initiative was created in 2011 by Maryann Corsello at the University of New England. REACH (Research and Evaluation Assistance for Change) is the first state-wide collaborative to sustain community-based program evaluation activities in the areas of substance abuse, sexual assault and gender violence, teen pregnancy and delinquency prevention. REACH began as a way to continue the gains in evaluation capacity made by community programs initially supported by the AGTO project. REACH members—Maine institutions of higher education—provide support for evaluation activities through faculty supervised student work. College students receive powerful learning experiences in prevention research while providing evaluation help to community prevention programs. Six Maine institutions assisted with 13 community programs from RAND's AGTO project during the Fall 2011 semester.

Based on this work, REACH was chosen to receive the President's Leadership Award from Maine Campus Compact. Maine Campus Compact is a coalition of 17 member campuses whose purpose is to promote civic engagement among students and faculty within institutions of higher learning. REACH is being recognized for its contributions to community service, service-learning and civic engagement efforts.

Spotlight on GTO in Independent Sector Blog

Sarah Hunter's guest post on using data to inform decision making, which focused largely the GTO model, was featured on Independent Sector's blog on March 21, 2012.

Independent Sector is the leadership network for nonprofits, foundations, and corporate giving programs committed to advancing the common good in America and around the world. It composes a nonpartisan coalition of approximately 600 organizations.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has selected Getting To Outcomes as the theme for the 2012 Town Hall Meeting initiative, to emphasize the goal of these events: helping communities move from greater awareness of underage drinking as a public health problem to actions that will measurably prevent it.

SAMHSA chose its “Getting To Outcomes” theme based on the RAND report commissioned by SAMHSA, titled Preventing Underage Drinking Using the SAMHSA Strategic Prevention Framework and Getting To Outcomes® to Achieve Results. This document, released in 2007, provides state-of-the-art, science-based information about the types of environmental prevention that have been shown to prevent and reduce underage drinking. Some of this information is excerpted in the fact sheets listed on the SAMHSA website (linked below) to support an action-oriented focus for the town halls. SAMHSA is currently in the process of obtaining government clearance to release the report, which has been updated by RAND staff, under the SAMHSA banner.

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New GTO Manual for Homeless Veterans Services

Getting To Outcomes in Services for Homeless Veterans aims to help those working with Veterans use an evidence-based approach to setting goals, considering and planning homeless programs, developing and conducting process and outcome evaluations of programs, and learning how to improve and sustain programs that reach outcomes. This effort takes on added significance with the Department of Veterans Affairs' goal to end homelessness among Veterans in five years.

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GTO Inclusion in Major Databases

Registry of Knowledge Translation Methods and Tools for Public Health managed by Canada's National Collaborating Centre for Methods and Tools. The Registry disseminates innovative, high quality, up-to-date methods and tools for sharing what works in public health.

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Tools and Resources for Assessing Social Impact (TRASI), a repository of more than 150 tools, methods, and best practices developed by the Foundation Center, in partnership with McKinsey & Co. and with input from experts in the field, to address the growing interest in measuring impact.

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Awards, Honors, and Recognition for GTO


Outstanding Publication Award for the 2004 Getting To Outcomes manual from the American Evaluation Association. This award honors ground-breaking work that is used to more effectively evaluate community-based prevention programs worldwide.

International Interest in GTO

GTO has been translated into Japanese and is now available through the Japanese

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