The Developmental Assets Profile (DAP)

The Developmental Assets Profile measures young people’s social-emotional internal strengths and external supports, and their growth in these key areas over time.

The Developmental Asset Profile (DAP) is a reliable and valid assessment of the strengths, supports, and social-emotional factors that are essential for young people’s success in school and life. It grows out years of research with millions of young people and is based on Search Institute’s framework of Developmental Assets. The Developmental Assets Profile survey and report offer powerful information on your youth, emphasizing the strengths and supports they have and need. The DAP shows youth perspectives across several contexts of their lives: personal, peers, family, school, and community.

By using this survey, you will:

  • Discover the strengths and supports that young people have.
  • Listen to the perspectives of young people themselves.
  • See your work in the context of young people’s own strengths as well as the supports they have (or don’t have) in their families, schools, organizations, and community.
  • Gain a road map to guide you in proactive and focused planning to increase positive outcomes.

The DAP can help you answer the following questions about the young people you serve:

Do they feel surrounded by people who love, care for, appreciate, and accept them?

Do they feel valued, valuable, and safe?

Do they feel that they have been provided with clear rules, consistent consequences for breaking rules, and encouragement to always do their best?

Do they have opportunities outside of school to learn and develop new skills and interests with other youth and adults?

Do they understand the lasting importance of learning and believe in their own abilities?

Are they developing strong guiding values that will help them make healthy life choices, including responsibility, empathy, and self-control?

Do they have the skills to interact effectively with others, to make difficult decisions, and to cope with new situations?

Do they believe in their own self-worth and feel that they have control over the things that happen to them?

Surveys That Fit Your Needs

DAP Survey Focus

Data from the Developmental Assets Profile (DAP) survey has been helping organizations and partnerships access social-emotional strengths since 2005. To date, nearly a million young people between the ages of 8 and 18 have taken the DAP, making it one of the most widely 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 other relevant data, such as attendance, behavior, achievement, and other factors, it is possible to gain a more thorough 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.


Survey Details

Recommended Users: Youth programs, schools, juvenile justice, mental health, communities, and family services settings. Qualified clinicians, school counselors, mental health practitioners, and social workers can also use the DAP for individual assessments.

Grades: 4-12

Validated as a pre- and post-measure to measure change over time? Yes

Number of items on survey: 58 Item Likert Scale questions

Administered: Online (Paper option available)

Time to Complete: 10 minutes

Minimum youth needed for report: 30

Always Includes:

  • Assessments for each participating youth
  • Thorough user guide for planning your survey administration
  • In-depth aggregate reports to guide your data utilization
  • Language options for English, Spanish and several others (please contact us for options)
  • Measures of social-emotional skills
  • Access to the online survey
  • Survey administration support

Optionally Includes:

  • Sub-reports based on a specific cohort of youth, determined by you
  • Raw data at the individualized level
  • Individually scored data file
  • Aggregate report(s) of multiple sites
  • Data planning consult on-site or via phone
  • Data presentation
  • Professional Development workshops
  • Technical Assistance, Consulting, Workshops, or Presentations


  • Site report $250 (each site report includes up to 100 surveys)
  • Aggregate report of multiple sites – $250 (does not include surveys)
  • Each additional survey (beyond the included 100) $2.00

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*®CASEL 2017. The five social-emotional learning (SEL) competencies were developed and defined by the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL). For more information, visit

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