Girl Scouting Works: The Alumnae Impact Study
By Judy Schoenberg, Ed.M.; Director of Research and Outreach; Kimberlee Salmond, M.P.P, Senior Researcher and Kamla Modi, Ph.D., Research Analyst
(New York, N.Y.: Girl Scouts of the USA, 2012). (Executive Summary, 44 pp.)
Girl Scouting Works: The Alumnae Impact Study is national research report investigating the effects of Girl Scouting on its alumnae population of women. The study was designed to explore questions such as:
- Does Girl Scout participation result in positive life outcomes?
- What are the benefits of the Girl Scout experience?
- Does participation benefit certain demographic groups more than others?
In total more than 3,750 women participated in the study, of whom roughly 2,000 were Girl Scout alumnae. The study employed a combination of qualitative and quantitative methodologies in conjunction with Fluent, an independent research firm and reached the following conclusion: Girl Scouting works. Women who were Girl Scouts as girls display positive life outcomes to a greater degree than women who were not Girl Scouts. These outcomes are regarding sense of self, community service, civic engagement, education and income. And this is the case for all Girl Scout alumnae, across age/generations, social class, race, and engagement in other extracurricular activities.
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