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Evidence Supporting Outcomes for Girls' Groups Evaluation

Through a three year project (2012-15), Girls Action Foundation engaged in a collaborative process with facilitators of eleven different girls’ programs as well as a professional evaluation consultant and research partner to identify these five outcome areas and create tools to measure them. The hard work of our community partners helped to ground the initiative and ensure that the online evaluation platform can be easily integrated into existing programs and meet the needs of girls’ programs.

This research review provides the evidence base to support the tools and online evaluation platform, summarizing research findings that relate to the five outcome areas. This resource explains why these outcomes are important – connectedness, self-esteem and self-confidence, resilience, critical thinking and communication – and the impacts on girls’ well-being when these outcomes are strengthened.