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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

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Joint Evaluation of the Health Fellows Leadership Program

Client: Health Foundation for Western and Central New York
Author: Deborah Meehan
Subject: health leadership, public health, leadership development, evaluation
Type of Service: Evaluation
Date of Publication: 08/30/2013

Nonprofit Leadership Newsbrief: August 2013

In this month’s newsbrief we honor the 50th Anniversary of the 1963 Historic March on Washington.  At LLC, we continue to bring together resources to address how leadership development can play a role in advancing a society where leadership is more equitable, collective and networked. 

On Racial Justice and Leadership


To celebrate the historic 50th Anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington we feature several racial justice articles meant to inspire and motivate the Leadership Development field to work for racial equity so that we might have a country with leadership that is more inclusive and committed to eliminating structural racism and oppression. This month we feature Rinku Sen, from the Applied Research Center who calls for “Building A New Racial Justice Movement”.  Rinku calls us to apply central principles to a new racial justice movement 1. to push past the goals of simply multiculturism and diversity and aim for racial justice understand the difference between justice and civil rights because they are not the same and 3. lastly, she calls for a multiracial and multiethnic paradigm of collaboration.   A book by PolicyLink and The Center for American Progress titled, The All in Nation: An America that Works for All,  describes how building strong and thriving communities of color are critical to America’s economic future. The book offers a policy agenda for building an equitable economy where fast-growing communities of color, can participate and thrive.  The All- In Nation Project will be hosting a “Primer” webinar in preparation for their webinar Series on 8/ 27/13.  Here in Oakland, the Untraining, organizes folks to end racism and social injustices  to all levels of experience and activism for white people and people of color. The Untraining will be hosting an Introductory Public Workshop on healing personal and social oppressions this September 28, 2013.

Image Source: Ann Harkness/Wikimedia Commons, ColorLines Archives

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Promoting Equity and Eliminating Disparities in Healthcare: Findings from the Disparities Leadership Program Evaluation


We invite you to join LLC for an upcoming webinar to discuss the leadership development approach and evaluation of the Disparities Leadership Program (DLP). DLP is designed to equip a cadre of leaders in healthcare with:

  • in-depth knowledge of the field of disparities,

  • cutting-edge quality improvement strategies for identifying and addressing disparities, and

  • the leadership skills to implement these strategies and facilitate organizational transformation towards greater equity.


The DLP is a one year executive leadership program that begins with a formal skills curriculum delivered during a two-day face-to-face intensive training session.  Teams from hospitals, community health centers, and health plans apply to the program. They bring with them a well-thought out plan or proposal for advancing disparities work in their organization, and the support of senior leadership from their organizations to participate in the DLP program.

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Evaluation of The Mesoamerican Reef Leadership Program

Client: The Mesoamerican Reef Leadership Program
Author: Deborah Meehan
Subject: leadership, evaluation
Type of Service: Evaluation
Date of Publication: 01/15/2013

Leadership in Delicate Ecosystems: LLC Partners with MAR Leadership

The Mesoamerican Reef (MAR) region is made up of the Mexican state of Quintana Roo and the coasts of Belize, Guatemala, and Honduras. It includes the largest barrier reef in the western hemisphere (second-largest in the world) and is a globally recognized priority conservation area.

This month the Leadership Learning Community is excited to begin our evaluation of the Mesoamerican Reef Leadership Program (MAR Leadership), a program that leverages leadership development as a means to strengthen conservation efforts in the Mesoamerican Reef region. Selecting fellows from each of the four MAR countries (Mexico, Belize, Guatemala and Honduras), the program seeks to recruit participants from a variety of sectors, such as nonprofit, business, government, and media, to build relationships across silos and strengthen the skills of those committed to the conservation of the Mesoamerican Reef over the 18-month program.

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Evaluation of the Disparities Leadership Program

Client: Massachusetts General Hospital
Author: Claire Reinelt
Subject: health care, evaluation
Type of Service: Evaluation
Date of Publication: 08/23/2012

Nonprofit Leadership News Brief: August 2012

On Leadership and Networks... features a blog article on funders’ increasing interest in a network’s ability to impact systems change. Links are included to the Funder’s Guide To Catalyzing Networks For Social Change as well as the study of Packard Foundation’s experiment with supporting network capacityHarold Jarche, in his blog, offers concise criteria and guidelines to facilitate conversations around organizational change. On social media strategy, the Community Organizer 2.0 blog shares a vision of the Circles of Nonprofit Marketing, where nonprofits extend their network through online conversation surrounding their cause.

On Evaluation...

The Knight Foundation offers the publication: Measuring the Online Impact of Your Information Project, which identifies metrics to help understand how nonprofits are seeing progress in creating informed and engaged communities. FSG presents the publication: Evaluating Social Innovation, which focuses on grantmakers’ use of Developmental Evaluation as a guide for evaluating emergent initiatives. In a similar vein, The Philanthropy Journal covers The D3 Institute of North Texas as a model for building nonprofit capacity through collective learning and data analysis.
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The Public Health Institute: Strategic Advice for Leadership Program

Client: Public Health Institute
Author: Deborah Meehan
Subject: public health, evaluation
Type of Service: Strategic Advice
Date of Publication: 07/30/2012

Evaluating Leadership and Community Change: Some Reflections from Leadership Chautauqua


I had the pleasure of being a catalyst host for a conversation on evaluating community leadership and community change with Becky Kroll and Diane Morehouse at Leadership Chautauqua. They have worked extensively in hard-to-reach communities evaluating leadership and community transformation through their work with Horizons, a community leadership initiative to reduce poverty in the small towns of the Northwestern United States.  Here is a short list of resources we created on evaluating community leadership and community change for our session on Changing Expectations:  Targeting and Measuring Impact on Community Change.

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