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Getting To Outcomes (GTO) is a user-friendly, ten-step process for comprehensive planning, implementation guidance, and evaluation of programs and community initiatives. Research has shown that organizations that use GTO improve their programs and get better outcomes than organizations that do not use GTO.

This guide is intended to be used by military site prevention activity implementation teams that have obtained GTO training and are working to plan and implement a sexual assault prevention activity. This guide will lead users through the ten steps of GTO to assist with the planning, implementation, evaluation, continuous quality improvement, and sustainability of military sexual assault prevention activities.

This guide contains a chapter for each of the ten GTO steps. Each chapter in the guide contains blank tools to assist with that chapter's GTO step, completed examples of each tool, resources, and detailed instructions for completing the tools. It provides guidance on how to make decisions needed to plan and evaluate activities and then serves as a written record of those decisions for later evaluation.

For more information and training in GTO, visit www.rand.org/GTO.

Table of Contents

  • Chapter One

    GTO Step 1—Assessing Sexual Assault Problems and Resources

  • Chapter Two

    GTO Step 2—Setting Goals and Desired Outcomes for a Sexual Assault Prevention Activity

  • Chapter Three

    GTO Step 3—Evidence-Based and Promising Practices in Sexual Assault Prevention

  • Chapter Four

    GTO Step 4—Assessing Fit for a Sexual Assault Prevention Activity

  • Chapter Five

    GTO Step 5—Determining Capacity to Implement a Sexual Assault Prevention Activity

  • Chapter Six

    GTO Step 6—Planning to Implement and Evaluate a Sexual Assault Prevention Activity

  • Chapter Seven

    GTO Step 7—Process Evaluation for a Sexual Assault Prevention Activity

  • Chapter Eight

    GTO Step 8—Outcome Evaluation for a Sexual Assault Prevention Activity

  • Chapter Nine

    GTO Step 9—Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI)

  • Chapter Ten

    GTO Step 10—Sustainability for a Sexual Assault Prevention Activity

  • Appendix A

    GTO Glossary of Terms

  • Appendix B

    Sexual Assault in the Military

  • Appendix C

    Sexual Assault Prevention Activities

  • Appendix D

    Evaluation Planning

  • Appendix E

    Process and Outcome Evaluation Measures

  • Appendix F


This research was sponsored by the DoD Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office and conducted within the Forces and Resources Policy Center of the RAND National Security Research Division (NSRD).

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