Shona Croly, Specialist Volunteer, explains more about the way you’ll be able to record the new programme in GO and how it can help you keep track of each girl’s guiding achievements
Why is it important to keep accurate records?
The new programme has elements that start in Rainbows and go right through to Rangers. We need to be able to keep track of what aspects of the programme girls have covered so we can pass this information on to leaders in the next section and make sure girls get the recognition they deserve.
Where are you up to with the programme recording section in GO?
A basic version will go live on 24 July along with the introduction of the new programme. We know this won’t do all the things people want, but it’s the first step and we want your feedback to help make sure we get it right in the long term.
What will I be able to record?
You’ll be able to record unit meeting activities, skills builders and what interest badges girls have done in their own time.
How you’ve helped us to get here
2,569 leaders and girls were involved in our surveys, interviews, workshops and user testing sessions for the new programme recording section in GO
192 examples of the planners that leaders currently use were sent to us as part of the recording section survey
What are the benefits of recording activity on GO?
Not only will you be able to easily keep track of individual girls’ progress towards awards and badges, but recording will also help you plan what activities to offer so you don’t repeat what girls have already done. You’ll be able to get an overview of all your girls’ achievements and, if other leaders record their girls’ activity too, you’ll get a great picture of how to challenge and inspire members who move up.
How has the recording section been developed?
Using an online survey, we found out how leaders envisaged digitally recording what their girls were doing. We asked for examples of planners people were already using and held workshops where we got people to draw out what they thought a digital recording tool should look like. We’ve used that information to design this first version in GO.
What are the plans for the future?
The research we’ve done has also explored more sophisticated recording and planning tools that leaders and Rangers could use on their phones. But before we move forward, we need to understand a bit more about how the new programme will work in practice and see how people get on with recording the new programme in GO. So, for now, the best thing you can do is use the programme recording section and give us feedback! It’ll help us gain insight into how we can improve your programme planning and recording experience in the future.