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Third-Year Evaluation of Girl Scouts Beyond Bars Program

By Girl Scouts of the USA and CSR, Inc. (New York, N.Y.: Girl Scouts of the USA, 2008). 88 pp.

Third-Year Evaluation of Girl Scouts Beyond Bars Final ReportThe Third-Year Evaluation of Girl Scouts Beyond Bars Final Report provides details of a third-year national evaluation commissioned by Girl Scouts of the USA to examine national outcomes for the Girl Scouts Beyond Bars (GSBB) program in 16 sites. The goals of GSBB are to strengthen the mother–daughter relationship; reduce the stress of separation for both; foster the development of self-esteem, personal growth, and leadership skills among the girls; and reduce the likelihood of reunification problems following the mothers' release.

For the Year 3 evaluation, each program's outcomes were mapped more specifically into the New Girl Scout Leadership Experience outcomes framework of discover, connect, and take action (PDF).

Conducted by CSR, Inc., this evaluation sought to answer the following primary question: Is there evidence that the mother–daughter relationship was strengthened by participation in GSBB? Survey data were collected from 12 of 16 sites. The analysis focuses on 93 girls with incarcerated mothers.

Based upon the data, the question can be answered in the affirmative; that is, the quantitative and qualitative data suggest that daughters and mothers who participate in the GSBB program can and do tend to experience improvement in the strength of the mother–daughter bond. Secondly, the data suggest that the GSBB program promotes personal growth and develops leadership skills among participants.

Program evaluation instruments and logic models from this study will be helpful to community and youth development organizations partnering with or seeking to partner with organizations and facilities that serve youth in detention facilities or youth with parents in detention facilities.

This evaluation links directly with the Girl Scouts Beyond Bars program materials. For more information about this evaluation report, email the Girl Scout Research Institute or call (800) GSUSA 4 U.