Getting to Outcomes

A Results-Based Approach to Accountability

Published In: Evaluation and Program Planning, v. 23, no. 3, Aug. 2000, p. 389-395

Posted on RAND.org on August 01, 2000

by Abraham Wandersman, Pamela Imm, Matthew Chinman, Shakeh Kaftarian

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Getting to outcomes: methods and tools for planning, evaluation, and accountability (GTO) was developed as a guidebook to help practitioners plan, implement, and evaluate their programs to achieve results. GTO is based on answering 10 accountability questions about needs and resources, goals, science and best practices, fit, capacity, plan, implementation, outcome evaluation, continuous quality improvement, and sustainability.

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