Leading teachers, trainers and nonprofit executives will present systems for performance measurement, management and reporting at a by-invitation-only conference hosted by the Hewlitt Foundation, Charity Navigator and RCLA in June 2011. At the conference, "Teaching Transparent Nonprofit Performance Management," Charity Navigator will share its process of evolution toward CN 2.0, which expands its assessment of nonprofits beyond their financial condition to include reporting on performance results. In addition, two case studies will be developed for use by faculty in public affairs and management courses.
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Presidents, deputy deans and professors from public administration schools in Guizhou, China visited RCLA for a half-day session focused on the American civil service system and strategies for training and developing government leaders.
The delegation met with NYU Wagner Professors Dennis Smith and Paul Light to learn about performance management and measurement in New York City government and critical issues and trends in the American federal workforce. Alexis Offen, Senior Policy Analyst in the NYC Mayor’s Office of Operations gave a presentation about civil service reform in the City. In addition, RCLA Executive Director Bethany Godsoe engaged the group in a conversation about emerging approaches to leadership development in the public sector. The visit was part of a week-long international exchange program to schools of public affairs and US government agencies.
New York City is in the process of modernizing its approach to juvenile justice. The integration of Children's Services with Juvenile Justice aims to improve long-term outcomes for children and teens involved with the criminal justice system.
The next by-invitation-only event in the Leading Large Scale Change briefing series for senior government officials hosted by RCLA and Accenture will explore the management challenges in bringing together these two agencies. Panelists for the March 30 discussion will include: John Mattingly, Administration for Children's Services Commissioner; Vincent N. Schiraldi, Department of Probation Commissioner; and Dora B. Schriro, Department of Corrections Commissioner.
Unfolding events in Egypt including, most recently, the resignation of Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq, and uprisings throughout the Middle East are raising questions about new forms of leadership and democracy in the region. In February, RCLA hosted a two-part series of discussions making sense of Egypt’s popular uprising. A podcast is available here (courtesy of Basem Hassan from Columbia University) and a description is on NYU Wagner’s blog.
In a precursor to current events, discussions at a high-level conference hosted by RCLA and the NYU Abu Dhabi Institute last year centered on examples of leadership for public wellbeing at all levels in Arab society.
Workshop reports and presentations feature insights on empowering youth, civic participation and emerging leadership in the Arab world. Despite what at the time seemed like unmovable regimes, video discussions from the event also point to the potential for positive change.
Organizational development practitioners and theorists have recently developed a powerful set of ideas about strategies to initiate and sustain meaningful change in public and private organizations. High-involvement strategies are increasingly used in processes to involve people at all levels in changing their own system or organization. High-leverage strategies are used to involve people in systematic ways to sustain those changes.
An NYU Wagner course taught by RCLA Executive Director Bethany Godsoe in Summer 2011 will enable students interested in implementing dramatic, sustainable change to explore and understand the core principles, assumptions and processes of these Large-Scale Intervention strategies.
“The Science of Teamwork: What Matters in Teams & Team Leaders?” RCLA Event with Dr. Eduardo Salas
Teamwork has become an obsession in many industries. But what do we know about teamwork, team leaders and team effectiveness after decades of research? Dr. Eduardo Salas, the University Trustee chair and Pegasus professor of Psychology at the University of Central Florida, will highlight what we know about the science and practice of teamwork, team leadership and what contributes to team effectiveness in organizations, March 22, 2011.
RCLA's Global Social Change Leadership Institute offers university and master's-level graduate students and recent college graduates a chance to develop cutting-edge knowledge and skills to advance social justice in their communities and to build a network of other social activists. Through hands-on workshops, lectures and site visits in NYC, the rigorous curriculum focuses on topics including: Community Organizing, Social Entrepreneurship, Leadership Skills and Using Social Media for Social Justice. A tuition discount is offered for those who apply by March 7, 2011.
The Surdna Foundation, a private grantmaking foundation in New York City that fosters just and sustainable communities in the United States, invited RCLA Faculty Director Sonia Ospina to present to the Foundation’s Board on February 7 on trends in the leadership development field.
RCLA congratulates Jennifer Dodge, a research associate at the Center, for successfully defending her dissertation and earning a PhD from NYU Wagner. Dr. Dodge has accepted a position as an Assistant Professor of Public Administration and Policy at Rockefeller College at SUNY Albany. She will focus on the role of nonprofit organizations in contemporary governance and will begin in September 2011. She will remain involved in RCLA's research and programs as a fellow.
News You Can Use: The John C. Whitehead School of Diplomacy and International Relations at Seton Hall University will host “Leadership: A Dialogue,” with a distinguished panel that includes Mr. John C. Whitehead; Ambassador Williams Luers; Major Jon Martin from the US Army; and graduate students Florence Dennis and Sunghyun Lee. Professor Michael Reuter of the Stillman School Center for Leadership Development at Seton Hall University will moderate the event. March 21, 2011