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Getting to Outcomes: 10 Steps for Achieving Results-Based Accountability

Shelley Wiseman, Matthew Chinman, Patricia A. Ebener, Sarah Hunter, Pamela Imm, Abraham Wandersman
August 1, 2007
Developed by the RAND Corporation, Getting to Outcomes outlines a step-by-step process to plan, implement and evaluate effective programs that are intended to achieve outcomes in a community. Developed for the substance abuse prevention field, Getting to Outcomes can be applied to the process of goal-setting and intervention selection for many social issues. This report briefly describes GTO's 10 Steps.

GTO consists of 10 steps that empower program developers to do the following:

  1. Plan effective programs that are accountable to developers and funders and achieve intended outcomes. The GTO model is flexible enough to facilitate many different types of programs.
  2. Implement the programs.
  3. Evaluate the programs to see how well they worked and continuously improve them, providing outcome data to funders. GTO provides tools for demonstrating that a program works and that it uses its resources effectively to achieve and sustain projected goals and outcomes.

Access the report here.