Youth and Program Strengths Survey

Evaluate your program quality and integrate youth perspectives into your work.

This survey measures the degree to which young people in school- or community-based out-of-school time programs (OST) experience program features and opportunities that define a high-quality program. A high-quality OST program can protect young people from risk while promoting resilience and thriving.

This survey looks at the following factors that affect program quality:

  • physical and psychological safety
  • appropriate structure
  • developmental relationships
  • opportunities to belong
  • positive social norms
  • support of efficacy and mattering
  • opportunities for skill building
  • integration of family, school, and community efforts
  • program dosage (how often youth are attending your programs)

The Youth and Program Strengths (YAPS) survey also includes the full Developmental Assets Profile (DAP), so it gathers reliable data on:

  • youth viewpoints on the asset-rich nature of their school, program, peers, communities, families, and themselves
  • internal Developmental Asset categories
  • external Developmental Asset categories

The YAPS survey is suitable for youth in grades 6 through 12, and can be used for pre- and post-survey evaluation. Rather than relying on staff-written surveys, this reliable and valid instrument can help organizations “make the case” with funders. In addition, each program will receive a thorough report that offers unique and complementary information on its youth, emphasizing the strengths and supports they have in their everyday lives.


  • Measures key features of high-quality youth programs.
  • Measures social-emotional skills and noncognitive factors.
  • Usable as a pre- and post-assessment to measure change over time and program impact.
  • Provides an aggregated report and breakdowns by gender, grade, race/ethnicity, and program dosage.

Each survey package always includes:

  • access to the online survey
  • thorough user guide for planning your survey administration
  • in-depth site reports to guide your data utilization
  • survey administration support

Optionally includes:

  • sub-reports based on a specific cohort of youth, determined by you
  • raw data at the individualized level
  • technical assistance, consulting, workshops, or keynotes
  • paper surveys

For more information on the Youth and Program Strengths survey, please click on one of the links below:

To learn more about the Youth and Program Strengths survey, call 800-888-7828, Ext. 526 or email us. To order, click here.