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Evaluation Wisdom - an overview of evaluating leadership development programs

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 read more »

News from the Evaluation Circle

Handbook of Leadership Development Evaluation

The Handbook of Leadership Development Evaluation is now available! The Handbook provides broad and practical information about how to conduct leadership development evaluations using a variety of approaches. This companion site includes the book's introduction, a summary of each chapter, and links to resources that are mentioned in each chapter. The Handbook was edited by Kelly Hannum, Jennifer Martineau (both with The Center for Creative Leadership), and Claire Reinelt of LLC and brings together a collection of outstanding leadership development evaluators from the nonprofit and for-profit sectors to share their learning about leadership development evaluation design, implementation and use in different contexts. read more »

Creating Space VII - 2006

At Creating Space VII, the Evaluation Learning Circle hosted three sessions. Click on the links below for more information and resources. read more »

Deepening our Capacity to Foster and Evaluate Collective Leadership

The Evaluation Learning Circle held a meeting on January 17th-18th, 2007 in the San Francisco Bay Area. The first day combined the work of the Funders' and Evaluation Learning Circles. Our theme was "Deepening our Capacity to Foster and Evaluate Collective Leadership." With a growing interest among funders and practitioners in cultivating boundary-crossing leadership, community leadership and collective leadership, we saw an opportunity and a responsibility to deepen our understanding of what collective leadership is and how to evaluate it. read more »

Creating Space III Evaluation Summary

We would like to thank you all for your thoughtful remarks and reflections about Creating Space III. read more »

LLC & GrantCraft Partnership

The LLC and the GrantCraft Project of the Ford Foundation partnered in 2002 to produce a guide to funding leadership development. read more »

Social Media and Leadership


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    Those of us who have been here in Honolulu at the Engaging Communities in Education/Community Learning Exchange this past week had the opportunity to visit Ma'O Organic Farm yesterday.  Th

    06/08/2013 - 15:27
  • 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
  • Claire Reinelt

    The Health Leadership Circle held a WebEx learning session on Leadership Networks and Social Network Mapping. Claire Reinelt (Leadership Learning Community) and Bruce Hoppe (Connective Associates) facilitated the call. Claire reviewed key findings from the Health Leadership Circle network survey about what health issues Circle members focus most on in their work and what Circle members most want to learn. The top Circle member focus areas are reducing/eliminating disparities, community health and public health. The Circle member learning priorities are "Impacting Systems Change" and "Network Development and Sustainability." Bruce provided an overview of some key social network analysis concepts and shared the network maps of the Health Leadership Circle for the issues that people address in their work and what people want to learn more about. A handout of the powerpoint presentation is attached to this blog post. We asked Circle members to share their questions for deeper learning regarding impacting health systems change; and network development and sustainability. Also attached is a summary of all the questions we received.

    09/02/2008 - 17:20
  • Elissa Perry

    The power of social media for change is being talked about and leveraged all over the place.

    • John Fontana's recent post on Network World highlights the value of "citizen" engagement, social media and web-based networking in the rebuilding efforts in New Orleans.
    • Clay Shirky's recent book Here Comes Everybody: The Power of Organizing without Organizations talks about how social media has removed or lessened many of the barriers to self-organizing (and in my thinking lessened the relevance of the nonprofit model so that many things can be accomplished with "adhocracies"). The book itself has a blog too, where readers are active commenters.
    • The Nonprofit Technology Enterprise Network (NTEN) and Beth Kanter are facilitating a wiki project to develop a social media curriculum specifically for nonprofits and change initiatives called Be the Media: The Social Media Empowerment Guide for Nonprofits.
    • And, over at NetSquared - Remixing the Web for Social Change, there's a veritable cornucopia of stories, examples and how-to's regarding social media and geared for nonprofits and change initiatives.

      Indeed, social media is changing how change happens. So what does this mean for leadership development - how programs are structured and supported, how are people recruited and selected, what's included in curriculum and how do we evaluate? My general instinct is that the term "leader" will be thought of as a fixed definition of a singular individual less and less. And we will talk more and more about leadership as a context-specific process exercised both by people and groups of people at different points in time. What is nonprofit leadership for 2020? What do you think?

    07/01/2008 - 13:54
  • Elissa Perry

    The Social Media and Leadership Learning Circle had an initial meeting on May 16, 2008 in the Bay Area.

    05/28/2008 - 11:32
  • Claire Reinelt

    Leadership development practitioners have become increasingly interested in the formation of leadership networks as a way to sustain and strengthen relationships among leaders within and across organizations, communities, and systems. Bruce Hoppe and I recently wrote a paper (see below for the attachment) that offers a framework for conceptualizing different types of leadership networks and identifies the outcomes that are typically associated with each type of network.

    05/22/2008 - 12:51
  • Elissa Perry

    Over on the NetSquared Think Tank Blog (net2thinktank), Britt Bravo is asking the question "Is Online Activism Good for Social Change?" (She will be posting answers from around the net after May 20th.)

    My immediate gut reaction is yes, online activism is a useful tool for social change. But then, I quickly waver over to "no," as when I sign a petition on a website, and think I have done something meaningful toward making the world a better place, that's a bit of a problem. Have I actually had an effect, or do I look good on a grant report and like an engaged potential member/donor to a development team?

    05/20/2008 - 14:11
  • Elissa Perry

    The social web is a brand new way of doing very old things with still emerging implications. The nature of change has always been connected and collective but our recent history and the infrastructure of the nonprofit sector and our social change organizations has been much less so. We as a people, and our communication tools, are on a path to bring the individual and the collective back into balance and planning for this is both impossible and necessary. A document in progress examining this shift is available here.

    Join the Bay Area LLC on May 16th, 2008 (save the date!) to discuss this topic live and in person at the next Bay Area circle gathering.

    04/14/2008 - 15:31
  • Claire Reinelt

    Three LLC circles (Sustaining Networks/Alumni, Social Media and Leadership, and Health Leadership) convened for a conference call and web-based meeting using the WebEx platform to discuss creating and sustaining leadership networks. Twenty people explored the following questions:

    • What forms of collaboration and network creation are we seeing in the leadership development arena?
    • What tools or processes do we find strengthen leadership networks?
    • What are the biggest challenges to sustaining network participation?
    02/04/2008 - 14:31
  • tomtee

    To the Presidents and Deans of America's Arts, Theater, Design, Engineering, Science, and Journalism Schools: In one year we'll be asked to choose a President, 34 Senators, all 435 Congressmen, 11 governors, and thousands of state and local officials. Do you know of any candidate, at any level, that has a platform on creativity, the arts or innovation? Neither do I.

    01/29/2008 - 14:16

Related Resources

More from this circle

Creating Space VIII Reflections: Synthesizing and Going Deeper

Creating Space VIII - 2007

As the Leadership Learning Community staff and the Creating Space VIII design team reflect on our experiences, observations, and our still emerging learning, a few themes keep showing themselves. So far we have been organizing the synthesizing of the experience around four themes: roles, structures, context and strategies.  read more »

Changing the Face of America PDF file [download] [more info]

Highlights from the Annie E. Casey Foundations's 4th annual Leadership Development Workshop

Authors: Annie E. Casey Foundation

Subjects: sustainable networks, programs, fellows, alumni

05/30/2007 - 12:01 - 0 comments - 1 attachment - Posted by Elissa Perry

Multiple Styles of Leadership: Increasing the Participation of People of Color in the Leadership of the Nonprofit Sector PDF file [download] [more info]

The Leadership Learning Community has partnered with the Annie E. Casey Foundation on a research project to draw on the combined experience of more than 100 leadership programs with regard to strategies for increasing the access to and sustainability of leadership positions for people of color in the sector. The first phase of the project focused on the "pipeline," was titled "Lessons from the Field of Leadership Development: How to Increase Leadership Opportunities for People of Color" and was led by Deborah Meehan. The second phase of the project was titled "Multiple Styles of Leadership: Increasing the Participation of People of Color in the Leadership of the Nonprofit Sector" and was led by Elissa Perry. Download the notes from one of the focus groups and reports from both phases of the work below.

Authors: Kate Oppenheimer, Jamie Schenker, Elissa Perry, Deborah Meehan

Subjects: bay area, race, pipeline, next generation, leadership styles, generational transfer, emerging leaders, culture

05/15/2007 - 13:52 - 0 comments - 5 attachments - Posted by Elissa Perry

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