Re-designing Leadership: To Get Her There, What Will It Take?
Reflections on Girl Scout Research
Thank you for reviewing and reflecting on Girl Scout research data.
Please keep in mind that …
1) Girl Scout processes work: Girls who gain experience solving problems & seeking challenges in Girl Scouting are more successful in school than girls who gain less experience in these areas.*
2) Adult –girl partnerships work: When troop leaders** see girls as a group plan & carry out projects in partnership with adults, the leaders also tend to see girls a) set goals, b) exercise/do sports/dance, c) talk problems out instead of yelling and d) know people they can talk to about
3) Organizing matters: Girl Scout service delivery is defined as the way in which a council organizes and manages its resources so that the Girl Scout leadership experience can be delivered.
Research Findings and Discussion
For each research finding, please record your discussion.
If you were not part of a group discussion, please respond as an individual.
Research finding #1:
At a time when there are not enough adult volunteers and girls can’t overcome barriers to rejoining, parents and volunteers tell us that short-term Girl Scout opportunities (6-12 weeks) are appealing (if the travel distance, adult supervisions and costs are appropriate).
1a. How could adult volunteers & paid staff be organized to develop, organize, support and deliver short-term opportunities?
1b. What should be the role of the service unit, community and staff to make short-term opportunities successful for girls and volunteers?
Research finding #2:
Girl Scout leaders want more parent support. Parents say they don’t really know much about what Girl Scouts do beyond their own daughter’s group.
2a. How could adult volunteers & paid staff be organized to develop and manage supportive parent relationships?
What communication is needed or valuable?
Research finding #3:
At least 70% of Girl Scout volunteers PREFER to get their Girl Scout information by email and only 28% get their GS information at geographic Service Unit meetings at a time when expectations for clear & timely information remain unmet.
3a. If the service unit is no longer the main way troop leaders receive information, what services should the service unit still provide?
3b. How could adult volunteers & paid staff be organized to deliver those services and provide a support system that efficiently uses volunteer time?
3c. When or why would there be meetings?
The next questions are for PAID STAFF only.
Research finding #4 (Paid staff only):
Paid staff cite redundant communication, dual reporting structures & under-developed technological supports as barriers to productive work efforts and to work-life balance.
4a. How can paid staff be organized and deployed to improve work productivity and improve work-life balance?
4b. How can paid staff be organized to effectively recruit and partner with volunteers?
4c. How can paid staff roles be organized to be flexible and customized to meet service unit volunteer or girl needs, but still communicate and use clear, consistent processes and resources across the council?