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Grant makers invest in leadership development for many different reasons. There are three broad categories of goals and benefits that grant makers are interested in when they support this work: Stronger and more effective leaders and organizations; Social change in a community, region, or field; and, Benefits for the grant maker’s own organization.
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.
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
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
A collection of individual leadership assessment resources and tools
Authors: Claire Reinelt
Excerpted from the Guide to Evaluating Leadership Development Programs prepared by the Evaluation Forum (based on their work with six international Reproductive Health/Family Planning (RH/FP) Leadership Programs).
Authors: Evaluation Forum
This evaluation assesses the design, implementation and outcomes of six leadership development initiatives.
This report describes the impact of the Violence Prevention Initiative (VPI) on the participants and their work, contributions that VPI leadership programs have made to long-term systemic impact on reducing violence against youth, and lessons learned about specific leadership development approaches and emerging models of leadership for the field.
This assessment of NGL was produced to share the experiences of those who designed, managed and participated in its development with funders, practitioners and academics involved in the leadership development field. The lessons and findings from NGL, though still in an incipient phase, confirm the Rockefeller Foundation’s foresight in creating and incubating such a leadership network. This report is a tribute to the work of the NGL fellows and all the staff who carried out the vision of the program. The NGL network has proven an effective means of accomplishing social change.
Authors: Manuel Gutierrez
The goals of this monograph are to shine a bright light on these issues, to suggest new ways of thinking and acting, to share solutions where there are some, and to raise questions that challenge all of us doing this work. By doing so, we hope it will help those involved in improving communities to work in more equitable and thoughtful partnerships with community residents and other stakeholders, with special attention to issues of privilege, oppression, racism, and power as they play out in this work.