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Leadership Development in the Social Sector: A Framework for Supporting Strategic Investments PDF file [download] [more info]

Current economic conditions have increased pressure on foundations to optimize their investments. This article offers a tool for doing this in an area of high leverage: leadership development. It offers a framework for assessing a foundation’s current approach in this area that reflects the rising significance of collective leadership. This article is based on an in-depth review of leadership development practices carried out by one of the authors in three sectors – government, business, and social – as well as in the emerging multistakeholder sector. It reflects as well another of the authors’ experiences evaluating leadership development programs and initiatives that have vastly different purposes, and co-creating with funders and evaluators a framework for assessing leadership investments that can guide program and evaluation design.

Authors: Grady McGonagill, Claire Reinelt

Subjects: leadership, investment framework

05/31/2011 - 23:00 - 0 comments - 1 attachment - Posted by Natalia Castaneda

Leadership Development Investment Framework PDF file [download] [more info]

The Leadership Development Investment Framework is a tool developed to assist funders, program staff, and evaluators clarify the purposes of leadership development and capacity-building supports. In 2008, we partnered with United Way Toronto to adapt the original Leadership Development Investment Framework that was produced by Grantmakers for Effective Organizations in 2005. The tool was useful in assisting the United Way and other leadership funders in Canada to become more intentional about where they are currently investing resources, where there are gaps in investment, and how they might work together to maximize the impact of their resources. Grady McGonagill adapted the framework further by adding the dimension of teams and team building capacity as part of a study for the Bertelsmann Foundation. Claire Reinelt and LLC Board Member and Leadership Consultant Grady McGonagill have continued to refine the framework and explore ways that funders can use this tool to better align their leadership investments internally and externally with others. At a recent Funders' Circle meeting designed for funders to learn more about each other's work and find synergies across strategies, issues and geographic areas, the attached summary of the framework was shared. This summary describes changes that occur at five levels: individual, team, organizational, community, and field. Since most foundations seek to develop a range of leadership capacities across multiple levels, choosing the right approaches and combining the right strategies is a process of experimentation and learning. To make the framework more useful, we have added examples of different programs and how they invest in leadership development. This framework provides a comprehensive view of 25 potential leadership development opportunities organized in a 5 x 5 matrix. The matrix enables stakeholders to identify patterns in their current investment strategies; engage in deeper dialogue about the purposes for investing in leadership; and become more intentional about the directions in which they want to invest moving forward. Through sharing strategies and lessons learned among funders, successful approaches can be adapted and tried in different contexts. Please refer to the document for additional information on the framework.

Authors: Claire Reinelt, Grady McGonagill

Subjects: leadership, evaluation

11/23/2009 - 00:00 - 0 comments - 1 attachment - Posted by Natalia Castaneda

Evaluation of the Nonprofit Sector Viability Program

Client: Nonprofit Sector Viability Program
Author: Claire Reinelt
Subject: nonprofit, collaboration
Type of Service: Evaluation
Date of Publication: 10/18/2010

Applying Evidence Based Practice Approaches to Leadership Development

Client: The Annie E. Casey Foundation
Author: Deborah Meehan, Claire Reinelt
Subject: leadership, evidence based practice
Type of Service: Scan
Date of Publication: 10/18/2010
Learning-Circle Partnerships and the Evaluation of a Boundary-Crossing Leadership Initiative in Health PDF file [download] [more info]

This article describes an initiative developed by The California Endowment (TCE) to explore how best to support leadership capacity development in low-income communities and communities of color to create health. TCE’s investment strategies were developed in response to growing disparities in health outcomes and a recognition that there would be little improvement in those disparities without effective, engaged, and connected leadership among underrepresented populations. With the changing demographics in California, TCE is committed to amplifying and aligning the voices of immigrant, youth, and ethnic communities so that they can more effectively influence the systems that affect the health quality of low-income communities and communities of color.

Authors: Claire Reinelt, Dianne Yamashiro-Omi, Deborah Meehan

Subjects: leadership, health

10/04/2010 - 07:21 - 0 comments - 1 attachment - Posted by Natalia Castaneda

Prime Movers Evaluation

Client: The Hunt Alternatives Fund
Author: Claire Reinelt
Subject: movement building
Type of Service: Evaluation
Date of Publication: 03/01/2009

A Scan of Health Leadership Development Programs

Client: The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Author: Tino DeVelde, Richard A. Couto, Pauline Vela, Janet Rechtman, Jamie Schenker, Elissa Perry, Deborah Meehan, Claire Reinelt, Bella Celnik
Subject: health
Type of Service: Scan
Date of Publication: 06/30/2005
A New Leadership Mindset for Scaling Social Change External website [view] [more info]

Over the past 50 years our thinking about leadership, whether in communities or board rooms, has been heavily influenced by heroic models of leadership. We traditionally think of leadership as the skills, qualities and behavior of an individual who exerts influence over others to take action or achieves a goal using their position and authority. Leadership for a New Era was launched because we believe this way of thinking about leadership is only one part of the story -- one that does not fully recognize leadership as a process grounded in relationships that are fluid, dynamic, non-directive and non-unilateral. Understanding leadership as a process requires us to think very differently about how change occurs and how we work with others. We will never mobilize leadership at the scale needed for significant progress on social justice or any other complex issue without expanding our thinking about what leadership is, how it works and how we can support it.

Authors: Leadership for a New Era Partners, Deborah Meehan, Claire Reinelt

Subjects: social change, Leadership for a New Era

04/19/2010 - 23:00 - 0 comments - 0 attachments - Posted by Natalia Castaneda

Leadership Matters: An Evaluation of Six Family Planning and Reproductive Health Leadership Programs

Client: The David and Lucile Packard Foundation, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Author: Pamela Putney, Kim Ammann Howard, Deborah Meehan, Claire Reinelt, Cecilia Roddy
Subject: public health
Type of Service: Evaluation
Date of Publication: 03/01/2005

Boundary Crossing Leadership Program Evaluation

Client: The California Endowment
Author: Rebecca Aced-Molina, Claire Reinelt
Subject: Boundary Crossing Leadership
Type of Service: Evaluation
Date of Publication: 07/06/2008
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