International Youth Development

Since the mid-2000s, Search Institute has worked with international partners to contextualize its framework of Developmental Assets in countries outside the United States.

The Developmental Assets Profile has been adapted and applied in more than 30 countries and languages in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East, yielding considerable evidence for the DAP’s reliability and validity in those countries and languages.

We seek to engage with partners in a similar process to adapt, test, refine, and validate the Developmental Relationships Framework within and across diverse cultures, contexts, and languages internationally.

Youth in Action: Creating Pathways to Opportunity


Youth in Action aims to improve the socio-economic status of rural, out-of-school youth in five African countries: Burkina Faso, Egypt, Ethiopia, Malawi, and Uganda. Led by Save the Children Canada, it offers youth aged 12-18 experiential education, life skills development and work readiness, and opportunities to advance education, enter an apprenticeship, or launch an enterprise. The project is implemented by local partners in each country, and supported by Search Institute in the tracking of developmental and livelihood assets through the use of the Developmental Assets Profile and other measures.

Partners: Save the Children Canada, with support from Mastercard Foundation

Measuring and Enhancing Subjective Child Well-Being


This collaboration seeks to integrate a holistic, asset-based approach to child development into World Vision’s work with vulnerable children, youth, and families around the world. A core strategy is to culturally adapt and translate the Developmental Assets Profile as a primary measure of subjective child well-being that can be consistently used across nations and program areas.

Partner: World Vision International

Related Research and Resources


  • See published findings from Search Institute’s completed international research.
  • Review highlights of international research on Developmental Assets.