The Developmental Assets Profile (DAP)

Measuring young peoples’ internal strengths and external supports and their growth in these key areas over time.

Do you wish that your school, program, or community had access to data that could help you answer the following questions about the young people you care about and serve?

  1. Do they feel surrounded by people who love, care for, appreciate, and accept them?
  2. Do they feel valued, valuable, and safe?
  3. Do they feel that they have been provided with clear rules, consistent consequences for breaking rules, and encouragement to always do their best?
  4. Do they have opportunities outside of school to learn and develop new skills and interests with other youth and adults?
  5. Do they understand the lasting importance of learning and believe in their own abilities?
  6. Are they developing strong guiding values that will help them make healthy life choices, including responsibility, empathy, and self-control?
  7. Do they have the skills to interact effectively with others, to make difficult decisions, and to cope with new situations?
  8. Do they believe in their own self-worth and feel that they have control over the things that happen to them?

Data from the Developmental Assets Profile (DAP) survey has been helping organizations and partnerships answer these questions since 2005. To date, more than 600,000 young people in between the ages of 8 and 18 have taken the DAP, making it one of the most used instruments in the world for measuring the internal strengths and external supports that influence a youth’s success in school and in life. Multiple studies have demonstrated that the DAP measures those strengths and supports in valid and reliable ways.

When DAP data is combined with data on attendance, achievement, and other factors, it is possible to gain a more complete picture of young people’s lives. That more complete picture makes it possible to design and implement better strategies to prepare young people to thrive in some type of college, a high-skill career, and citizenship.

Each DAP 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 Presentations
  • Paper surveys

The DAP can be used as a pre- and post-assessment to measure change over time.

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To learn more about the Developmental Assets Profile survey, call 800-888-7828, Ext. 526 or email us. To order, click here.