It works! Program evaluation has validated that Girls on the Run positively impacts girls who participate in the program.
Girls on the Run St. Louis in partnership with researchers at Washington University’s George Warren Brown School of Social Work and the Prevention Research Center developed a pre- and post-evaluation assessment, which was administered by coaches at select, geographically and socioeconomically diverse sample of sites. Our spring 2013 season evaluation measured the effectiveness of our curriculum and our program’s impact.
After a season of Girls on the Run, girls reported:
- Increases in self-confidence, positive attitude and being satisfied with themselves.
- Dramatic increases in feeling proud of themselves and keeping an open mind.
- Feeling as though they can make a difference in their community.
- Being physically active. Increase in percentage of girls who participate in at least 20 minutes of vigorous intensity physical activity on 5 or more days of the week not including GOTR practices.
- Increases in how they thought of themselves:
- As a good teammate
- As a good listener, and
- Someone who handles disagreements with an open mind.