At the end of a fun program, we all are ready to go home. But there is one more important step. We need to know: What did the girls learn?
For us to receive funding we have to prove that our programs actually meet outcomes metrics that we outline. Each of our many United Ways and United Funds want to know that the funds they invest in girls actually produce the outcomes we indicate we are working toward. The more we can prove that Girl Scouts is the premiere leadership organization for girls, the more likely we are to receive United Way funds and donors' funds. In today's world, there is accountability for investment dollars, so if you wonder what our COO and I do, we spend lots of time riding the United Way circuit addressing how GSSA fulfills the outcomes we indicate on our requests for funding.
Our program staff members work from a set of objectives for each program GSSA offers. At the culmination of the program, or sometimes after the program, we ask you, the leader or parent, and the girls questions related to our outcomes. Did the program actually achieve the program metrics desired? Did the girls learn something? What did the girls learn? And most important, did the girls have fun?
When you are asked to complete a survey and discuss what the girls learned at the end of a program, please help us out. This often translates into securing more funds for girls to be Girl Scouts and tomorrow's leaders.
Thanks for your help in this important effort.