Over 100 National Scout Organizations complete GSAT Assessment to strengthen impact
More than 100 National Scout Organizations (NSOs) have now used World Scouting’s quality standard - GSAT, to assess themselves against international best practices in good governance and quality Scouting. The milestone was achieved in May 2019 bringing the total number of NSOs that have completed the GSAT Assessment benchmarking exercise and appraisal to nearly 60% of World Scouting’s membership.
Since 2012, World Scouting’s quality standard has enabled NSOs to measure their progress, identify their strengths and areas for improvement, and strengthen their impact in areas such as the Youth Programme, adult management, and good governance. Inspired by their positive experience, some NSOs have gone on to replicate the GSAT Assessment process at the local level, creating strategies for membership growth, and increasing strategic collaborations.
One of these NSOs, Scouts of Ecuador, took the concept of World Scouting’s quality standard and developed a process to similarly assess and support their local Scout groups. Luis González, its Executive Director said, “We believe that growing involves generating new structures and processes to sustain the future. To enhance continual improvement, since our GSAT Audit, we have implemented a group level GSAT to assess the capacity of our Scout groups and to support quality Scouting within Ecuador.”
The Saudi Arabian Boy Scouts Association, on the other hand, is motivated to begin their journey of diversifying its strategies to promote membership growth and to include girls in Scouting following their GSAT Audit. “We share the many benefits our GSAT Audit has had, including insight on new strategies needed for membership diversification,” remarked Dr Hamad Al-Yahya, the NSO's International Commissioner.
Since completing their GSAT Audit, the Kenya Scouts Association has seen improvement in their profile and developed the right partnerships to strengthen Scouting within the country. Moses Danda, the NSO’s National Executive Commissioner said, "Achieving certification through the GSAT Audit has given our NSO a higher profile within our networks and has provided external stakeholders with confidence to trust in our organisation."
By 2020, World Scouting aims to have 75%of its membership of 170 NSOs assessed through GSAT, helping to realise Vision 2023 and increasing the capacity of the Scout Movement to make Scouting accessible to more young people around the world. WOSM Services, an online platform for NSOs to request and receive support in 12 services areas, is now making the GSA service even more easily accessible to the Scout Movement. NSOs can obtain more information and request a GSAT service at services.scout.org/service/9.