Date of Award
Doctor of Public Administration (DPA)
Public Policy and Administration
Allison Turner, Ph.D.
Angela Kline, Ph.D.
Kristen B. Crossney, Ph.D.
The study explores the impact of measuring non-academic indicators to establish and promote positive secondary and post-secondary outcomes, specifically for youth living in adverse conditions. In pursuit of this objective, the sixth grade population attending a traditional public middle school in Wilmington, Delaware completed the Search Institute’s Developmental Asset Profile (DAP), a self-report survey designed to understand the strengths and supports young people have in their lives. The assessment of the secondary data was the result of already existing programming and evaluation initiatives by the United Way of Delaware. The analyses show that participants perceptions of self, family, and community indirectly influence future decision making, academic and personal development while advocating for intentional alignment across their core contexts for the continued promotion of positive outcomes. Implications for relevant community stakeholders including recommendations for future research and practice are discussed.
White, Orrin, "The Blind Spots: The importance of measuring non-academic indicators that are critical to producing positive outcomes specifically for youth who are living in adverse conditions" (2020). West Chester University Doctoral Projects. 57.