Outcomes measurement is very important to us. Girls ages nine and older participating in 50+ hours of programs annually will participate in the Girls Inc. Strong, Smart, and Bold Outcomes Survey (SSBOS) to capture data on girls’ perceptions and experiences related to the areas of healthy living, academic enrichment, and life skills. The SSBOS is part of the Girls Inc. Outcomes Measurement Strategy that was designed to help the network understand and showcase the measurable difference we make in the lives of girls. The SSBOS was developed in partnership with Child Trends, a leading youth development research firm. Girls participating fewer hours than the 50+ benchmark for the SSBOS will also be surveyed for attitudes and knowledge of these subjects.
Program outcomes are collected using an array of academic and assessment tools. Surveys are completed by participants in the beginning and end of the program to assess students’ attitudes, skills, and knowledge of the academic content. Performance tasks and culminating projects are assessed to measure students’ competency of skills and content. Finally, we utilize the software TraxSolutions to track participation and retention. This data is used to tailor our programs to fit the needs of the population we serve by modifying content, scheduling, and staff to maximize effectiveness.
Girls Inc. of Greater Philadelphia & Southern New Jersey girls are….
STRONG: Healthy bodies & minds
80.3% reported exercising 2 to 7 days out of the last week
73.8% agreed or strongly agreed that they are happy with how their body looks
92.6% have never used tobacco products
SMART: Committed & Invested in their education
93.4% care about doing well in school most or all the time
92.4% report that they will “definitely” graduate at least high school, with 42.6% of this group confident that they will obtain a graduate degree
73.2% believe they could handle harder reading and 78.6% believe they could handle harder science and/or math
BOLD: Leaders of the future
96% say there is an adult at Girls Inc. that they can depend on
87.5% report being a hard worker
80% rarely give up when things get difficult
89.2% are hopeful about their future