The Getting to Outcomes Demonstration and Evaluation: an Illustration of the Prevention Support System

Published In: American Journal of Community Psychology, v. 41, no. 3-4, June 2008, p. 206-224

Posted on RAND.org on January 01, 2008

by Matthew Chinman, Sarah B. Hunter, Patricia A. Ebener, Susan M. Paddock, Lindsey Stillman, Pamela Imm, Abraham Wandersman

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Communities are increasingly being required by state and federal funders to achieve outcomes and be accountable, yet are often not provided the guidance or the tools needed to successfully meet this challenge. To improve the likelihood of achieving positive outcomes, the Getting To Outcomes (GTO) intervention (manual, training, technical assistance) is designed to provide the necessary guidance and tools, tailored to community needs, in order to build individual capacity and program performance. GTO is an example of a Prevention Support System intervention, which as conceptualized by the Interactive Systems Framework, plays a key role in bridging the gap between prevention science (Prevention Synthesis and Translation System) and prevention practice (Prevention Delivery System). The authors evaluated the impact of GTO on individual capacity and program performance using survey- and interview-based methods. The authors tracked the implementation of GTO and gathered user feedback about its utility and acceptability. The evaluation of GTO suggests that it can build individual capacity and program performance and as such demonstrates that the Prevention Support System can successfully fulfill its intended role. Lessons learned from the implementation of GTO relevant to illuminating the framework are discussed.

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