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Author: Deborah Meehan
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- Leadership Application Projects: Health Leadership Fellows Program
Leadership Application Projects A number of leadership programs apply principles of adult learning which emphasize the importance of experiential learning to the design of their programs. To do this they incorporate some kind of Action Project or Learning Project where participants have an opportunity to apply what they have learned to a leadership task or project. Some people wonder whether this practice that is designed to benefit participants also benefits the communities where these projects are implemented. The Leadership Learning Community (LLC), in partnership with the Center for Creative Leadership, evaluated the Health Foundation for Western and Central New York’s Health Leadership Fellows Program and conducted site visits to better understand the immediate and anticipated results of the program’s leadership projects. We produced the following two vignettes to depict the learning that occurred and benefit to the communities they serve.
- Leadership & Large-Scale Change: How to Accelerate Learning and Deepen Impact
This report was funded to answer the following questions using a series of interviews, research and findings from a meeting of 45 evaluators and program officers with leadership development expertise, hosted on October 2014 at the Annie E. Casey Foundation: What are the key elements of leadership development approaches that are contributing to measurable progress on significant social problems? What evaluation approaches are being used or developed to successfully measure and document the impact of leadership development that results in large-scale change? What opportunities exist to replicate, spread, adapt, or apply lessons from these models to increase the impact of leadership development programming and investments?
- A Guide for Strengthening the Collective Impact of Your Leadership Development Work
As part of the Leadership for a New Era (LNE) initiative – a collaborative research initiative that seeks to promote more inclusive, networked and collective leadership models – the Leadership Learning Community (LLC) has generated a series of “how to” guides for leadership program staff. The guides are supported by funding from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. The guides, which can be read separately or as an interconnected series, offer recommendations on these important topics: How to use action learning to achieve your results (by Deborah Meehan and Claire Reinelt) How to recruit to maximize the value of your cohort (by Deborah Meehan and Claire Reinelt) How to cultivate and activate your network (by Deborah Meehan, Claire Reinelt, June Holley, and Natalia Castañeda Chaux)
Subjects: Collective Impact
- The Role of Leadership in Place Based Strategies
A number of foundations have dedicated significant resources to place based initiatives that seek to support partnerships that link organizations and residents of targeted communities in aligning their work, learning together, and implementing creative strategies to improve their communities. Leadership is a critical element in these initiatives. The California Endowment has a strong interest in place based work to increase the health of Californians and commissioned the Leadership Learning Community to learn from leadership strategies in place based initiatives.
- Structural Racism and Leadership
The election of our first African American president has sparked debate over how far we have come as a nation on issues of race. Some suggest that we are in a post-racial society, but this assumption has not been supported by recent census statistics. While one in seven people in the U.S. are now living in poverty, statistics show that African Americans and Latinos have fared worse during the recession.
Authors: Deborah Meehan
- Learning-Circle Partnerships and the Evaluation of a Boundary-Crossing Leadership Initiative in Health
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.
- A New Leadership Mindset for Scaling Social Change
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.
- A question of leadership: What are the key challenges that for-profit and nonprofit organizations face in evaluating leadership development?
Exploring evaluation in leadership development.
- Developing a Racial Justice and Leadership Framework to Promote Racial Equity, Address Structural Racism, and Heal Racial and Ethnic Divisions in Communities
In early 2009, the Leadership Team at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation commissioned a scan to identify promising strategies for supporting and enhancing leadership that can make significant progress on undoing structural racism; and healing, repairing and reconciling communities. This public document shares some of the core insights from the scan and highlights a number of national programs that are doing leading edge work in these areas.
- A Scan of Reproductive Health Resources in California
The Leadership Learning Community (LLC) was invited to conduct a scan of California based reproductive health leadership development resources for the David and Lucile Packard Foundation. The foundation, through its "Domestic Reproductive Rights" portfolio, invests in both policy and community leadership development. The foundation is especially interested in engaging "...young people and diverse constituencies, at to foster leadership that can speak to these groups."