Girls on the Run
MSW students enrolled in the SOWK 625: Advanced Research course engage in a semester long program evaluation of a local non-profit organization. During the Spring 2012 semester, the students conducted an assessment of the Girls on the Run (GOTR) program, which is a program aimed at enhancing the self-esteem, body image, and physical activity of girls in grades 3-8.
The students worked in small groups to collect and analyze data relevant to their specific research question. Original qualitative data was collected through semi-structured interviews with key stakeholders and secondary data were analyzed from surveys the girls complete pre/post participation in the GOTR program.
At the end of the semester, students compiled their findings in a bound report, including an Executive Summary to present to the Executive Director of the program during the students' presentation of their findings in poster format. Key stakeholders, including staff, coaches, and board members were invited to attend.