How the CAT works
The CAT is divided into five themed sections, covering the following aspects of organisational activity: Young People in Girlguiding and Girl Scouting; Adults in Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting; Organisational Identity; Organisational Structure and Management; Safe Space for All.
Each of these sections contains some ‘essential’ elements and other elements to help you ‘take it further’. In each case, the essential elements reflect the WAGGGS membership criteria. This is where you will probably want to focus if you are a relatively new organisation – or one which is looking to re-build following challenging times. If you are well established and working from a strong base, you may want to spend more time looking at the elements which have been designed to help you ‘take it further’.
The diagram illustrates the themed sections which make up the CAT and shows how elements are identified as ‘essential’ or take it further’ within each of these sections.
We have designed the CAT to be as flexible as possible. You can choose how you use it. You may want to work through every element in every section, in order to identify your strengths and weaknesses and decide on your priorities for improvement. Alternatively, you may prefer to begin by focussing only on the ‘essential’ elements. Or, if you already have some idea of your development priorities, you might choose to focus on one or two sections (for example, you could decide to use the CAT to help you evaluate your current provision for young people in Girlguiding and Girl Scouting).
Throughout the CAT, we have also used icons to highlight elements which reflect the key WAGGGS priorities, as articulated in Compass 2032.
Please do refer to the Frequently Asked Questions, Guidelines and Glossary before you go through the tool and ask your Capacity Building Regional Committee Contact or your Regional Manager for any additional support you may need.