Initiatives and research

Initiatives and Research

Measuring the Girl Scout Leadership Experience and using what we find to innovate programs and practices.

Facts and Findings is based on current trends and statistics for girls and youth emanating from Girl Scouts of Black Diamond research and evaluation as well as the Girl Scout Research Institute.

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Financial Literacy: Cookie program outcomes

Girl Scouts of Black Diamond Council examined the benefits of the 2014 Cookie Program, the largest girl-run business in the world, specifically around the 5 essential skills the program help girls develop: goal setting, money management, people skills, decision-making, and business ethics. The findings show how the Cookie Program activities and processes empower girls to become successful cookie entrepreneurs while gaining valuable and transferable skills that can last them a lifetime.


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Healthy Habits: For girls, being healthy is more than just eating right and exercising.

It is also feeling good about oneself, being supported by friends and family. Through the Healthy Habits program activities, girls learn that the choices they make today will impact their future health.

2014 GSBDC Healthy Habits program outcomes

Measuring the Girl Scout Leadership Experience and using what we find to innovate programs and practices.

Facts and Findings is based on current trends and statistics for girls and youth emanating from Girl Scouts of Black Diamond research and evaluation as well as the Girl Scout Research Institute.


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THE STATE OF GIRLS: Thriving or surviving?

The State of Girls National Report

The State of Girls: Unfinished Business is a groundbreaking report from the Girl Scout Research Institute that stakes out key issues and major trends affecting girls' leadership and healthy development in the U.S. today. A report of this magnitude and breadth focusing specifically on girls has never been conducted, making it a much-needed resource in the field. As the "voice for and of girls," Girl Scouts believes it is critical for those who support girls to have up to date, accurate information about the state of girls' physical, social and psychological well-being.

The report finds that while there is promising news for girls in areas such as their educational attainment, many girls are being left behind, and not all girls are faring the same. In particular, black/African American and Hispanic/Latina girls face significant challenges in making successful transitions to adulthood. However, we know that "data is not destiny" and Girl Scouting is committed to ensuring all girls reach their full potential.

The State of Girls: State level data on girls’ well-being (2014)

The State of Girls: Thriving or Surviving? (2014) is a series of first-of-its-kind reports by the Girl Scout Research Institute that examines girls' health and well-being across each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia. These reports are based on current national statistical indicators focused on key issues of girls in the U.S. Each state is ranked based on a state index of girls' well-being, which considers five indicators of girls' well-being: physical health and safety, economic well-being, education, emotional health, and extracurricular / out-of-school time activities.

The State Index of Girls' Well-Being