RCLA E-News December 2011

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Articles

Rethinking the Three-sector Governance Framework in the Middle East
From October 24 – 26 a group of scholars and practitioners met for the first in a regional collaborative seminar series at NYU Abu Dhabi, “Deepening research on cross-sector social partnerships (CSSPs)”. Organized by RCLA and hosted by the NYU Abu Dhabi Institute, the series aims to explore the landscape of scholarly work on CSSPs in the Middle East, advance the scholarly conversation by infusing it with international perspectives and support regional scholars in opening possibilities for further research on CSSPs.  CSSPs take the form of collaboration between the government, nonprofit and business in addressing shared social problems.
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International Conference on Family Planning in Senegal: Findings From IIE-LDM Evaluation
RCLA Deputy Director Amparo Hofmann-Pinilla presented findings from RCLA’s participatory evaluation of the Institute of International Education's West Coast Center’s Leadership Development for Mobilizing Reproductive Health (LDM) program at the 2011 International Conference on Family Planning: Research and Best Practices in Dakar, Senegal.  The session was co-facilitated with LDM Director Cheryl Francisconi, Nigeria National Evaluator Yashua Hamza, IIE Program Officer Ethiopia Tilahun, and LDM Philippines Program Associate Luz Francess "Bicbic" Chua.  The conference, took place from November 29 through December 2, and brought together participants to share research, best practices, and progress on national strategies to deliver family planning services.
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RCLA Announces 30 Emerging Public Service Leaders Selected for Prestigious Fellowship
RCLA is proud to announce the diverse group of 30 promising leaders selected for its highly competitive Fellowship for Emerging Leaders in Public Service Class of 2012. Now in its seventh year, the program provides opportunities for early career professionals to deepen their understanding of the public service landscape, strengthen their leadership abilities, and engage in strategic career planning. Fellows also join a network of dynamic and accomplished individuals representing local and national nonprofits, legislative offices, government agencies, corporate social responsibility programs and foundations.
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RCLA Practice Note - Facilitating Experiences of Appreciation: An Easy Way to Build Community
Many of the Research Center for Leadership in Action’s leadership development and capacity-building programs focus on the power of peer-to-peer learning and exchange. Participants emerge from these convenings, fellowships, workshops and institutes reinvigorated and often deeply connected to the other participants. Expressing genuine appreciation for each other’s talents and gifts is an essential part of the work of leadership, particularly in public service work, which at times can be tiring, isolating and somewhat thankless.  This Practice Note shares lessons about creating opportunities for program participants to appreciate and thank each other in ways that are authentic, reflect the spirit of leadership development programs and do not require additional post-program work from participants.
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News and Events

Early Registration Discount for RCLA's Global Social Change Leadership Institute. Register before 5:00pm EST on February 24, 2012 and receive a $100 discount on tuition. The Global Social Change Leadership Institute offers college and masters students and recent college graduates an intensive, two-week immersion in building the practical skills and knowledge to advance social justice initiatives in their communities.
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On December 13, RCLA, in partnership with Accenture, will host an Executive Briefing for city government officials entitled Using Analytics to Achieve Higher Performance. The discussion will focus on the utility and challenges of using analytical approaches and tools to drive smarter decisions about service delivery and operations.

RCLA Executive Director Bethany Godsoe presented at the National Urban Fellows’ Public Service Leadership Diversity Summit on December 1, Advancing Diversity and Inclusion in Public Service Leadership. Ms. Godsoe was also one of 200 thought leaders and influencers in public service, business, and the nonprofit sector, brought together by The White House on Nov. 15 in Washington, D.C. to participate in a daylong program on the role of nonprofits and how they can develop highly effective leaders.

RCLA affiliated Faculty Director Sonia Ospina will spend a month as a visiting scholar at the School of Economics and Management at Lund University in Sweden during the spring semester of 2012. She will also spend some time visiting the prestigious ESADE Business School in Barcelona, where she is a member of the Public Management Research Group.

RCLA Senior Fellows Frances Kunreuther and Shifra Bronznick and co-author Caroline McAndrews released a new report entitled "Structuring Leadership: Alternative Models for Distributing Power and Decision-making in Nonprofit Organizations." The report identifies and documents models of distributed leadership and organizational leadership.

RCLA affiliated faculty member Dennis Smith presented the results of a June 2011 RCLA Workshop on Managing Outcomes at a panel at the annual meeting of the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration in Kansas City, Missouri. Professor Smith's presentation included a synthesis of the lessons learned at the Workshop and a matrix summary of the key features of the courses on performance management offered by the faculty who participated in the two day workshop.

RCLA affiliated faculty member Erica Foldy will be a visiting scholar at the Institute of Governmental Studies at the University of California, Berkeley during the spring semester of 2012.  She will also be a scholar-in-residence at Mills College during the same period.  At Mills, she will be affiliated with the Lokey Graduate School of Business and the Graduate Program in Public Policy.

RCLA affiliated faculty members David Elcott and Erica Foldy will teach Advocacy Lab in the Spring of 2012. Advocacy Lab involves students in a field campaign to educate legislators, influentials and the public about inequities in the criminal justice system. Students will have the opportunity to learn about the issues and spend up to four hours a week in the field to experience advocacy work in addition to their coursework. This RCLA and WAGNER collaboration will be working with Robert Gangi and The Police Reform Organizing Project (PROP), a new initiative of the Urban Justice Center (UJC).

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