The Violence Prevention Initiative (VPI) aims to reduce violence against youth in California. In this report we describe the stories of fellows and awardees to help bring to light the impact of the initiative, and analyze the lessons learned about specific leadership development approaches and emerging models of leadership for the field.
This is an example of how we leveraged a multi-disciplinary team to produce a comprehensive evaluation. The team consisted of a biographer, a community leader committed to working with disenfranchised youth and adults to develop their leadership, a programmatic expert in the field of leadership development, a public health program evaluator, a leadership development program evaluator, and a project manager. As a diverse team we improved the quality and relevance of the evaluation questions, ensured the use of appropriate data collection methods, and produced a report that was rich with stories and solidly grounded in leadership development program practice and theory.