Midterm Review: Our Journey So Far
April 2019 marked the midpoint for the 2017-2020 triennium. It was also the midpoint of Vision 2023, which is a nine-year journey that started in 2014 when National Scouts Organizations (NSOs) agreed on a new Strategy for Scouting as the way forward for the Movement. This occasion provided an opportunity to reflect on the progress to date for both the three-year and nine-year periods of our strategy and to ensure that NSOs not only participate in reviewing the progress, but also receive an up-to-date report on where we are on this journey.
The Midterm Review leverages existing World Scout Bureau (WSB) information such as censuses, services, and Global Support Assessment Tool (GSAT) datasets as well as knowledge gathered through an extensive survey in which over 78% of NSOs took part earlier this year. The results were considered both on the operational and the strategic levels of WOSM’s decision-making process and form the guiding beacons for the completion of this triennium’s work as well as the final stretch towards Vision 2023.
The compilation and analysis of data has shown that overall, work is on track to deliver on the objectives of the 2017-2020 Triennial Plan. Also, by reviewing a set of 16 meta-indicators, good progress was noted in achieving our Vision, with many of them on track for full achievement by 2023.
The focus in this triennium has been sustainable growth, where substantial efforts were invested. The Midterm Review shows the Movement continues to grow, largely thanks to all of the efforts implemented at grassroots level. Still, to reach the set targets for this triennium and beyond, the Movement will need to maintain a strong focus on growth and continue to work together to offer better Scouting to more young people.
Additionally, the Midterm Review Report covers the continuous improvement process within the World Scout Committee and the Operational Framework, including diversity and inclusion and gender mainstreaming efforts. Updates on new and existing WOSM initiatives, including WOSM Services, Scouts for SDGs, and Messengers of Peace are also provided in the report.
With the overall work being on track to deliver on the objectives of the 2017-2020 Triennial Plan, preparations towards the 2020 World Scout Conference have been initiated. The triennial meeting of the leadership of our 170 NSOs will enable us to collectively review our progress and embark together on the last stretch towards completing this iteration of the Strategy for Scouting.
The Midterm Review Report can be downloaded by following this link. The report can be used to spark discussions within and among NSOs on potential ways in which they can contribute to achieving the 2017-2020 Triennial Plan and Vision 2023 as well as the support NSOs may need from WOSM to reach these goals. Should you have any further questions, do not hesitate to contact Chanin “Tom” Chiumkanokchai (email@example.com), Manager of Monitoring and Evaluation at the WSB.