The Developmental Assets Profile (DAP)

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

When Should the Developmental Assets Profile (DAP) Be Used?

The Developmental Assets Profile will give your school, program, or community access to data that could help you answer the following questions about the young people you care about and 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 answer these questions since 2005. To date, nearly a million 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 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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