Judy et al,
We may be one of those "few Councils" you speak of. About a year ago we
started an initiative to capture all training records into ScoutNet,
especially district records. The primary focus of this effort is
"basic" training and as far back as districts want to go. Our council
has been regularly capturing council-level advanced training like Wood
Badge and TDC. The hope was to eventually "mine" this data for useful
analysis and to gage how well districts were doing toward their goal of
"100% trained leaders". I must say that we are still working toward
that end and the results so far are mixed, not because of the
methodology, but primarily because of district participation. We too
are a fairly large council serving seven counties with 15 districts.
And participation is not even close to 100%.
This effort started with some frank discussions of what exactly we
wanted to accomplish and what steps this "vision" would need to reach
it's goal. The first step was to create a digital version of the
3-part carbonless "Training Attendance Report" form (#34413). This has
made it easier for training chairs, especially in outlying districts,
to submit records over the internet (e-mail) or by fax. Our version(s)
of this form is on our training website on the "Resources" page (under
Forms) if you would like a copy:
We have posted both Word® and PDF versions of this form so that it may
be filled out electronically, or by hand, for submission.
Next, we worked out an arrangement with the council to provide the
manpower necessary to accomplish this data entry task on an ongoing
basis. Our council too did (does) not have the staff available to input
all this data. We asked each district to find one or two volunteers who
would be willing to donate some time to be "trained" on ScoutNet (about
30 min.) to input data. These are, for the most part, volunteers who
often help out in their districts in administrative roles or retired
Scouters who have the time to dedicate a day or so a month to this
task. Most are from close in districts and we have about a dozen people
who volunteer to do this work. Once trained, it only takes about a
minute or so to record each entry.
We also worked out a procedure for for handling the data when it was
submitted. Direct submittal into ScoutNet was not in the cards for a
number of reasons, mostly concerning security. This also included no
remote access. So we did it the old fashion way. Whether submitted
electronically, by mail, or by fax, all submittals are printed out and
put in an "inbox" in the program services office and a couple of times
a month a volunteers are asked to come in and input the data manually.
Our records are never more than about 3-4 weeks behind current.
The next phase (the one we are in now) is to get all the district
training chairs and course directors to submit this data on a regular
basis. This is the real challenge. As you probably experience
yourselves, about one-third of our districts do a really great job of
both training and record keeping. About one-third do an OK, if
sometimes spotty, job and about one-third do little or no submittals.
So we are regularly re-emphasizing the importance of both. It is our
hope to put together some useful reports for our "program kickoff"
council training committee meeting this August. This will take the form
of (%) trained in each district by program, who has (has not) basic
training, and who has completed YPT. We have been passing on to all
training chairs reports on those completing YPT on the national website
on a quarterly basis for about a year now.
As a parallel effort, we also revamped our training website pages and
added a number of training resources available to trainers and
volunteers alike. This has made the distribution of training resources
much, much easier and is becoming a great resource in our council.
I could go into a lot more detail, but would probably bore most on this
list. Please contact me directly if you have specific questions. I hope
this helps and provides the insight you were looking for.
Yours in Scouting,
Council Training Chairman
Central Florida Council (Orlando)
On Jun 11, 2004, at 1:03 AM, Judy Yeager wrote:
> At our Council Training Meeting this evening, we discussed the need to
> update the training records in Scoutnet.
> Our professional advisor tells us that per ProSpeak, there are a few
> Councils in the US who seem to have accomplished this task.
> So, my question to you is: Has your council been able to update
> training records in Scoutnet? If so, do you have any tips for us that
> would help us facilitate this process so we don't have to re-invent
> the wheel?
> Any and all suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
> Judy Yeager
> Heart of America Council
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