Evaluation 2018: Speaking Truth to Power

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Leadership Development as a Systems Intervention to Advance Equity: Critical Considerations for Evaluators

Session Number: 2009
Track: Systems in Evaluation
Session Type: Panel
Tags: equity, leadership development, systems change
Session Chair: Brandon Coffee-Borden [Associate - Community Science]
Discussant: Kien S Lee [Principal Associate & Vice President - Community Science]
Presenter 1: Deryn Dudley, Community Science [Research Associate]
Presenter 2: Lindsay Renee Bynum [senior analyst - Community Science]
Presenter 3: Brandon Coffee-Borden [Associate - Community Science]
Time: Nov 03, 2018 (09:15 AM - 10:00 AM)
Room: CC - 26B

Abstract 1 Title: Evaluating Individual Level Outcomes Within Equity-Focused Leadership Development Programs
Presentation Abstract 1:

Leadership programs are placing greater importance on developing diverse cadre of leaders to catalyze and sustain change toward an inclusive society. When evaluating an equity-focused program, there are unique characteristics to consider when deciding how to evaluate individual-level outcomes related to the racial/ethnic-diversity of the leaders themselves as well as the equity-focused approach that they take as leaders. For example, the need for leaders to develop a sense of individual and social identity as well as the capacities needed to be effective change agents in the systems in which they operate. This presentation will outline specific considerations for designing and implementing an evaluation for equity-focused leadership programs and the approach to doing so with an equity-lens.  Specific outcomes, indicators, methods and case examples will be explored followed by a discussion of potential challenges that may emerge along with possible solutions to those challenges.


Abstract 2 Title: Evaluating Organization-Level Outcomes Within Equity-Focused Leadership Development Programs
Presentation Abstract 2:

When evaluating equity-focused leadership programs, one must attend to both the participant leaders and the contexts/organizations with which those leaders interact. The organizations in which these leaders exist are subsystems with their own perspectives, boundaries, and relationships. It is critical to consider the larger system housing the leader and their organization, to effectively understand equitable system behavior and potential outcomes. These organizational contexts include both the organization the leader belongs to and the organization(s) they impact as a result of the program. Using an equity lens on these programs influences the approach, and begs a range of questions to be attended to in the evaluation. This presentation will outline approaches and key considerations for evaluating leadership development programs with a diversity and/or equity focus, at the organizational level. Potential metrics, methods, and case examples will be also explored; and a discussion of the unique challenges and possible solutions will follow.


Abstract 3 Title: Evaluating Network, Community, and Systems Level Outcomes Within Equity-Focused Leadership Development Programs
Presentation Abstract 3:

Leadership development programs have begun to view leadership development as a process undertaken in community with others to integrate diverse perspectives into the system and move system behavior toward greater equity. These programs strive to cultivate a community of leaders through the purposeful construction of each cohort of participants and activities to build relationships among current participants, past participants, and other stakeholders. Program designers intend for participants to draw support, knowledge, and resources from the program network during and after participation which can in turn facilitate collaboration and efforts to move communities and systems toward greater equity. This presentation will outline approaches and key considerations for evaluating leadership development programs with a diversity and/or equity focus, at the network, community, and systems levels. Potential metrics, methods, and case examples will be also explored; and a discussion of the unique challenges and possible solutions will follow.


Audience Level: All Audiences

Session Abstract (150 words): 

Leadership development has emerged as a strategy for catalyzing change to move us towards a more inclusive and just society. Program design and theory vary from program and program and include a diversity of approaches ranging from fellowship programs to pipeline programs to issue and/or field-specific programs. This panel will examine key considerations for evaluating leadership development programs as interventions designed to shift system behavior toward greater equity as well as support the development of racial and ethnic minority leaders. The panel will explore equity-focused leadership development through a multi-level systems lens – the individual, organizational, network (relationships and connections between leaders and/or organizations), and the system levels (issued-based, such as the juvenile justice or place-based, such as a given community). The presenters will focus on evaluation methods and approaches that are responsive to the complex situations confronted by these programs while drawing on experiences from recent evaluation work.



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