This Girls Group Mentoring Toolkit provides the tools, resources and support to create, implement, deliver and evaluate a quality group mentoring program for girls, ages 9-13, in your community. The Toolkit is intended to be used in a range of communities, and can be adapted to the unique values, needs, strengths and challenges that each community encompasses.
As a result of your program, your larger community can experience many benefits. New partnerships may be developed or strengthened, and the number of citizen volunteers may have increased. These are important impacts to assess and note, as they will be meaningful to internal and external stakeholders (e.g. boards, funders, champions and other community stakeholders). Measuring evaluation outcomes can be leveraged to request and obtain additional funding and/or community support. When stakeholders and community members see the concrete benefits to the program participants, leaders and the community, they are more likely to invest and contribute to the success of the program. As such, it is advantageous to regularly communicate findings from your learning through word of mouth and discussions, presentations, newsletters and reports.
Reflecting, learning and improving are key pieces of evaluation. Undertaking evaluation will help to tell the program’s story and determine what is working and what can be improved. To continuously improve girls group programming it is important to systematically collect program information and report on how the process unfolded and the degree to which outcomes were achieved.