Doing Our Best Quality Pilot

The pilot of our quality framework supports Leaders to demonstrate and celebrate the excellent work of their unit

Follow the Doing Our Best Quality Standards in your unit to deliver excellent guiding

The whole experience was really valuable and positive - by the end we were very proud. It highlighted a couple of areas for development too. - Doing Our Best pilot participant

What is Doing Our Best?

Doing Our Best is a pilot project to test out a quality framework for Girlguiding. This framework is designed to help you put the fundamentals of safe, legal and effective guiding into practice, and build on the principles of guiding outlined in the Five Essentials.

As a Leader, Doing Our Best supports you to deliver quality guiding to girls and young women in your unit, and to recognise and reward the continuing contribution of your volunteers. Across our Countries and Regions, it helps us all to work to a high standard and in a consistent way.

What does the pilot involve?

During the pilot, you will work through sets of standards and recognised best-practice guidelines and review the work of your unit. The quality journey enables you and your team to do the following key things.

  • Celebrate all the great work that goes on in guiding.
  • Demonstrate successes to members, parents and carers and external partners or funders.
  • Identify any areas which could benefit from additional attention and get support to improve them.

Leaders and their units who complete the scheme gain a Quality badge and a nationally recognised Doing Our Best Quality Mark that is accredited by Ambition UK, an external awarding body.

This external Doing Our Best Quality Mark shows that Girlguiding volunteers are achieving - and hopefully exceeding - national standards for providing high quality services for girls and young women.

Participating in the pilot

We are testing out the framework in an ongoing pilot project. There are 450 units taking part in the current phase of the project. If you're not part of this group - and you'd like to be involved - you can start using the standards and gathering evidence now and join the project during a later phase.

Get more information about what the pilot involves for current participants and Leaders who are interested in taking part in the future.

Doing Our Best Quality Standards

The framework is based on three sets of Quality Standards. These cover the work areas that all youth organisations are expected to deliver to a high quality.

The benefits of quality improvement

For our volunteers, the quality journey helps the Leadership Team to understand each other’s roles and responsibilities and to share learning. It shows our young members what is great about guiding and how what we do compares with other youth organisations.