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Evaluation Learning Circle

The Evaluation Learning Circle is a community of leadership development evaluators, practitioners, and funders who share resources, engage in shared inquiry, and generate collective knowledge about how best to support and evaluate leadership development for social change and social justice. For the last year we have been experimenting with a wiki as a documentation and learning tool.

We use evaluation and research as tools to:

  • surface our assumptions and theories about leadership development and social change,
  • define outcomes and indicators that can be documented or measured,
  • adapt exisiting methods of inquiry and develop new methods to document and measure leadership development,
  • build the capacity of leadership programs and initiatives to participate actively in evaluation and research, and
  • improve our efforts to develop and support leadership and to make the case for investing in leadership development as a social change and social justice strategy.

We use virtual and face-to-face learning activities to explore answers to our most important questions. We document our learning through the Evaluation Knowledge Pool where we share and link to practical resources that can be used to strengthen program design and implementation and improve our evaluations. Visit the wiki to learn more about us and our recent work.

Making a Significant Difference: Harvesting Outcomes and Results of Community Leadership Investments

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The Leadership Learning Community, the Bush Foundation, Clearway Minnesota, and Consumer Health Foundation hosted 25 funders and evaluators with deep knowledge about, and passion for, making a significant positive difference for people and communities through leadership investments.
 

One of our goals was to harvest learning about significant outcomes and results from community leadership investments.  We used a modified “Most Significant Change” process with everyone creating a large stickie with a headline about their outcome or result (and one or two notes underneath to explain).  We worked as a group to cluster the stickies into five topic areas for deeper discussion and learning. 

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LEAD New York

Host type: Not applicable

Key contact:

Name: Larry Van De Valk
Phone: 607-255-7907
ljv4@cornell.edu

Website: http://www.leadny.org

What are the desired outcomes of the program?

To inspire and develop leaders for the food, agricultural and natural resource industries.


Does the program serve a specific population?

Yes :


What are key assumptions about leadership and how to support and develop leadership embedded in the program?

Leadership is a social influence process for change.


What leadership development theories does the program support?
What leadership devlopment approaches does the program support\utilize?
What is the focus of the program?
What are the core components of the program? What leadership capacities does the program cultivate?
Does the initiative have a "theory of change" or a "program logic model"? (will link to definition nodes on dev server)
Yes. .

What attracts and sustains your participation in leadership networks?

This is one of the questions the Boston Learning Circle will be exploring in an upcoming Conversation on Leadership and Networks.  I started to reflect about my own participation in leadership networks, about what attracted my participation and why I remain committed. In 2000, when I joined Deborah to establish learning circles among practitioners of leadership development, I invited evaluation practitioners to form a network to co-evolve our practice together, and collectively influence the field of philanthrophy.  We formed an unlikely alliance since we often competed with each other for work. These were the days when evaluation contracts were more substantial than they are today!  I was attracted to form an evaluation learning circle by the unparelled opportunity to learn with colleagues I respected.  I knew we all had gifts to share with each other, that would push our collective capacity forward.  We became a community voice in the fields of evaluation, leadership development, and philanthropy.  read more »

Reflections on using Social Network Analysis with an Emergent Leadership Network

Map of AoLC Survey Results

One of this year's Community Seed Fund projects was a collaboration between the Berkana Exchange and Connective Associates to test the value of using social network analysis to illuminate and build capacity of the learning centers that the Berkana Exchange convenes through the Art of Learning Centering.  The Berkana Exchange believes that be naming, illuminating, and connecting learning centers they can unleash the capacity for self-organizing and collective leadership among those who participate in the learning centers.  read more »

International Leadership Association Conference

Date: 
11/12/2008 - 4:00pm - 11/15/2008 - 4:00pm US/Eastern

Global Leadership: Portraits of the Past, Visions for the Future will be taking place this fall in Los Angeles California. Featured guests include Christine Loh, Connie Rice and Jay Conger. read more »

Agenda: 
See PDF attached below.
Location:
Hyatt Regency Century Plaza, Los AngelesLos Angeles, CA
United States

Meeting of Funders and Evaluation Learning Circles

Date: 
10/27/2008 - 9:00am - 10/28/2008 - 1:00pm US/Eastern

"You cannot solve problems with the same level of consciousness that was used to create them." --Albert Einstein read more »

LLC Event: 
LLC Event
Agenda: 
This meeting will bring together leadership funders and evaluators to address some of the following questions: * What changes in design, curriculum and recruitment strategies of leadership programs
Location:
St. Paul, MN
United States
Summary of Results from a Leadership Development Cost-Benefit Analysis Survey PDF file [download] [more info]

The purposes of conducting and evaluating the results of this survey were to: explore the benefits and potential hazards of cost benefit analysis; harvest early learning about what constitutes a strong return on investment (e.g. numbers, strategic impact, etc.) and how it is achieved; and,explore methodologies and approaches for gathering data about the return on leadership investments.

Authors: Claire Reinelt

Subjects: cost benefit, roi, return on investment, program costs, funders, evaluation

04/22/2008 - 09:42 - 3 comments - 1 attachment - Posted by Elissa Perry

Designing an evaluation for a community health leadership initiative

The Leadership Learning Community Health Leadership Circle and the Center for Creative Leadership, hosted a peer consultation session using an on-line conference tool, WebEx. During the hour and half call, over 30 people provided insights, inquiries and tested advice to a team from the Center Creative Leadership who are partnering with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to develop "Ladder to Leadership: Developing the Next Generation of Community Health Leaders." read more »

Using EvaluLEAD

What experiences have you had developing and using EvaluLEAD results maps? How have you adapted EvaluLEAD in the contexts you are working in? read more »

Leadership innovation and the role of evaluation

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What is the role of evaluation in the process of leadership innovation? This is a question we discussed recently at a Boston Circle gathering. Debbie Frieze shared Berkana’s theory of change that starts with a premise that local leadership is a powerful force for innovation and change. Experimentation with new ideas and processes happens at the local level where leaders are responding to the conditions they face. They actively seek alternatives to “business as usual.” Innovation often inspires resistance because people are not easily able to let go of the old to make room for the new.  read more »

Evaluating the Emergence of Leadership Within Networks and Communities of Practice Microsoft Powerpoint file [download] [more info]

Powerpoint presentation on Berkana Institute's theory of change, the evaluation questions they are asking, and the challenges they have faced. This presentation was given at a Boston LLC gathering on September 21, 2007.

Authors: Debbie Frieze

Subjects: evaluation, boston, networks, communities of practice, Berkana

09/22/2007 - 00:00 - 0 comments - 1 attachment - Posted by Claire Reinelt

Evaluation Techniques Series External website [view] [more info]

As grant makers, we often look for evaluation and assessment techniques that match the projects or programs we fund. We want an evaluation that’s useful to the foundation, the grantee, the grantee’s stakeholders, and the wider field or community. We hear about techniques like theory of change, collaborative inquiry, ethnography, or outcomes measurement, and their use seems to be growing. Even so, it's not always easy to find out exactly what the terms mean, and many grant makers remain uncertain about what the methods have to offer, how they can build useful knowledge, or when they might be most valuable. To help grant makers understand some of these newer evaluative approaches and weigh their advantages, GrantCraft is developing a collection of briefing notes. Each note will explain the basics of one technique and answer some common questions about its use. A mini-case, based on one grant maker’s experiences, is featured in each guide. If literature about the topic is readily accessible, we refer you to it.

Authors: GrantCraft

Subjects: evaluation, grantcraft, guides-tools-reports, actionresearch

07/11/2007 - 00:00 - 0 comments - 0 attachments - Posted by Elissa Perry

Leadership Development and Multi-Cultural Evaluation PDF file [download] [more info]

These are the notes from the meeting that was held at American Evaluators Association (AEA) to look at the intersections between leadership development and multi-cultural evaluation. Included are next steps to consider.

Authors: Claire Reinelt

Subjects: Community Seed Fund, multicultural, leadership, evaluation, development

12/11/2006 - 01:00 - 0 comments - 1 attachment - Posted by Elissa Perry

Networks and Communities of Practice: What is the difference?

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Networks and communities of practice are often terms that are used interchangeably. Is there a difference? read more »

Learning about Networks

Welcome to the Evaluation Learning Circle blog space! We invite you to register to our site and create your own blog to share resources, ideas, and stimulate conversations about leadership development evaluation that are important to you. Here's my first blog post.... In the last few years there has been growing interest among those in the leadership development field to develop and strengthen leadership networks. One of the tools for understanding networks is Social Network Analysis (SNA). read more »

Leadership Outcomes Across Programs PDF file [download] [more info]

This piece documents LLC's early attempts to learn more about the leadership outcomes that programs are seeking for individuals, organizations, and communities; and the tools and methods programs are using to evaluate these outcomes. This document reflects and honors some of the important work that the Community completed as of April 2001, and provides a point of departure for the learning thereafter.

Authors: Deborah Meehan

Subjects: evaluation, leadership development, cross program, guides-tools-reports

04/16/2001 - 00:00 - 0 comments - 1 attachment - Posted by Elissa Perry

Four Quadrant Tool for Continuous Evaluation and Assessement PDF file [download] [more info]

The Leadership Learning Community working session on evaluation, through examining current questions and constructions of leadership development, created a model that begins to address challenges unique to evaluating such programs. The model is generated from a theory base that takes into account the self-organizing nature of systems. It also attempts to recognize the diverse perspectives that concurrently influence the leadership development process.

Authors: Zachary Green

Subjects: evaluation, leadership development, guides-tools-reports

04/16/2000 - 00:00 - 0 comments - 1 attachment - Posted by Elissa Perry

Guide to Leadership Development Evaluation Resources Microsoft Word file [download] [more info]

A collection of individual leadership assessment resources and tools

Authors: Claire Reinelt

Subjects: evaluation, leadership development, guides-tools-reports

05/16/2001 - 00:00 - 0 comments - 1 attachment - Posted by Elissa Perry

Blog Entries

  • Claire Reinelt

    The Leadership Learning Community, the Bush Foundation, Clearway Minnesota, and Consumer Health Foundation hosted 25 funders and evaluators with deep knowledge about, and passion for, making a significant positive difference for people and communities through leadership investments.
     

    One of our goals was to harvest learning about significant outcomes and results from community leadership investments.  We used a modified “Most Significant Change” process with everyone creating a large stickie with a headline about their outcome or result (and one or two notes underneath to explain).  We worked as a group to cluster the stickies into five topic areas for deeper discussion and learning. 

    10/31/2012 - 11:34
  • LLC Staff

     

     

    October 24th, 8:00 AM - 2:30 PM | 

    Lunch and Breakfast Provided

    09/17/2012 - 17:10
  • Claire Reinelt

    This is one of the questions the Boston Learning Circle will be exploring in an upcoming Conversation on Leadership and Networks.  I started to reflect about my own participation in leadership networks, about what attracted my participation and why I remain committed. In 2000, when I joined Deborah to establish learning circles among practitioners of leadership development, I invited evaluation practitioners to form a network to co-evolve our practice together, and collectively influence the field of philanthrophy.  We formed an unlikely alliance since we often competed with each other for work. These were the days when evaluation contracts were more substantial than they are today!  I was attracted to form an evaluation learning circle by the unparelled opportunity to learn with colleagues I respected.  I knew we all had gifts to share with each other, that would push our collective capacity forward.  We became a community voice in the fields of evaluation, leadership development, and philanthropy. 

    03/16/2010 - 07:02
  • aerindunford

    One of this year's Community Seed Fund projects was a collaboration between the Berkana Exchange and Connective Associates to test the value of using social network analysis to illuminate and build capacity of the learning centers that the Berkana Exchange convenes through the Art of Learning Centering.  The Berkana Exchange believes that be naming, illuminating, and connecting learning centers they can unleash the capacity for self-organizing and collective leadership among those who participate in the learning centers. 

    06/22/2009 - 07:04
  • Claire Reinelt

    The Leadership Learning Community Health Leadership Circle and the Center for Creative Leadership, hosted a peer consultation session using an on-line conference tool, WebEx. During the hour and half call, over 30 people provided insights, inquiries and tested advice to a team from the Center Creative Leadership who are partnering with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to develop "Ladder to Leadership: Developing the Next Generation of Community Health Leaders."

    11/20/2007 - 07:35
  • Claire Reinelt

    What experiences have you had developing and using EvaluLEAD results maps? How have you adapted EvaluLEAD in the contexts you are working in?

    10/22/2007 - 06:29
  • Claire Reinelt

    What is the role of evaluation in the process of leadership innovation? This is a question we discussed recently at a Boston Circle gathering. Debbie Frieze shared Berkana’s theory of change that starts with a premise that local leadership is a powerful force for innovation and change. Experimentation with new ideas and processes happens at the local level where leaders are responding to the conditions they face. They actively seek alternatives to “business as usual.” Innovation often inspires resistance because people are not easily able to let go of the old to make room for the new.

    09/23/2007 - 16:19
  • Claire Reinelt

    Networks and communities of practice are often terms that are used interchangeably. Is there a difference?

    09/09/2007 - 09:12
  • Claire Reinelt

    Welcome to the Evaluation Learning Circle blog space! We invite you to register to our site and create your own blog to share resources, ideas, and stimulate conversations about leadership development evaluation that are important to you. Here's my first blog post.... In the last few years there has been growing interest among those in the leadership development field to develop and strengthen leadership networks. One of the tools for understanding networks is Social Network Analysis (SNA).

    07/22/2007 - 12:04
  • Elissa Perry

    If you would like to learn more about how leadership programs evaluate their outcomes and impacts, e.g., what outcomes and indicators they define, what approaches, methods, and sources of informati

    06/21/2007 - 13:43

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