Girl Scouts of Northern California
Assessment and Program Design
At the beginning of 2019, the Girl Scouts of Northern California (GSNorCal) contracted with RDA to conduct in-depth community needs and internal readiness assessments and facilitate work sessions to an develop a pilot delivery strategies plan for Increasing Access Key Project, their redesign of programming to improve their ability to serve girls and families in low-income communities.
For the community assessment, RDA conducted qualitative data collection activities including focus groups with volunteers, girls, and their families, as well as key informant interviews with volunteers, community leaders, funding partners, and positive youth development program providers to identify program strengths, barriers, and local challenges and resources. RDA also conducted an internal readiness assessment via listening sessions and key informant interviews with GSNorCal staff to gauge the extent to which staff were prepared for the substantial organizational shift that will come with changing program models, and to gather information about the successes and challenges of comparable past efforts. We also conducted a literature of best practices and strategies for engaging families of K-5 girls from low-income communities. During the planning phase, RDA conducted three planning sessions with the Pilot Advisory Group, which consisted of GSNorCal management staff from across the organization. These sessions served to: ground participants in overall program design process and objectives; review and validate findings from the community assessment; build buy in and consensus for change required for implementing a new program model; identify goals, activities, and resources required for implementation; and review and vet the pilot delivery strategies plan.
RDA integrated findings from the community assessment with output from these planning sessions, the best practice literature review, and our expertise in positive youth development and pilot design to develop a plan for implementing the pilot delivery strategies. The resulting plan, which is grounded in the Plan-Do-Study-Act framework, is designed to agilely support implementation through data-informed measurement grounded in a positive youth development framework, ultimately resulting in increased access to the benefits of Girl Scouts in historically underserved communities. Review the executive summary here.
RDA can help you achieve
outcomes like these.
“RDA has provided exemplary support for the Contra Costa County Adult Education Consortium for the past three+ years. Their professional approaches and skills have facilitated challenging partnership and organizational discussions while assisting our consortium to successfully meet every programmatic and compliance milestone. We consider their organization an integral part of our own, as well as our success. Thank you RDA!”
Senior Dean of Curriculum and Instruction, Diablo Valley College
Contra Costa County Adult Education Consortium
"We can't thank Gina Martinez and Stephanie Bimar enough for their compassionate support and guidance while NAMI-Santa Clara County navigates our faith leader grant in the midst of a pandemic. Gina and Stephanie are professional, highly skilled and dedicated to supporting mental health transformation; and they go the extra mile to serve their clients. We highly recommend them to any company or agency in need of data gathering and reporting."
Team Lead, FaithNet Program - NAMI Santa Clara County
"Rubicon has reaped many benefits through partnering with RDA over the last several years. RDA delivers stellar project management, proposal writing, and facilitation services. The RDA team provides an optimal balance of organization, accountability, and personability that makes partnerships easy and effective. If a funding proposal or project convening is entrusted to RDA, you can be certain you are in good hands!"
Dr. Carole Dorham-Kelly
President and CEO - Rubicon Programs
"We have partnered with RDA on research, evaluation, technical assistance, and grant writing projects and have had overwhelming success. A strong working relationship drives our ability to develop effective planning and implementation strategies. They listen, adapt, guide and bring a tremendous amount of expertise and focus to our collaborative efforts."
Chief Executive Officer - San Francisco Pretrial Diversion Project
"The RDA team was such a help for us all these years. They took care of every piece of our evaluation and produced reports that were very high-quality and thorough. The RDA team was always very accommodating of our data challenges and always did their best to help us make use of what they discovered. RDA was a partner with our program."
Program Director, Assisted Outpatient Program (AOT)
Northern Nevada Adult Mental Health Services
"The Santa Cruz County Probation Department has enjoyed working with RDA over the past 4 years and found their staff to be exceptionally professional and highly dedicated to helping my department use data to illustrate successes and identify areas for improvement. They produce high quality and accurate reports, which help us use data to inform policy and practice change. I highly recommend them."
Chief Probation Officer - Santa Cruz County Probation Department
“RDA always produces high quality, thoughtful and valuable work products for CIBHS as a customer. A recent stakeholder input project for the Bay Area received high praise from our county partners. The team is approachable, responsive and flexible. RDA has the ability to interpret the needs you have for a project and design something impactful that reflects your intended vision. I would highly recommend RDA for your next evaluation project.”