RCLA E-News November 2011

In This Issue:


Release of Executive Summary: Evaluation of the IIE West Coast Center's LDM Program

RCLA has released the Executive Summary for its comprehensive participatory evaluation of the Institute of International Education West Coast Center’s Leadership Development for Mobilizing Reproductive Health (LDM) Program.  The LDM program helped develop and sustain leaders working on the front lines of family planning and health issues in Ethiopia, India, Nigeria, Pakistan, and the Philippines. RCLA assessed the program using a Participatory Action Research methodology, which sought to both integrate the experiences of the Fellows, stakeholders and LDM staff and provide them with the opportunity to connect, collaborate and develop sustainable next steps.
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Deepening Research on Cross-sector Social Partnerships in the Middle East

Sponsored by the NYU Abu Dhabi Institute, RCLA hosted the first in a regional collaborative seminar series at NYU Abu Dhabi October 24 – 26. The series, “Deepening research on cross-sector social partnerships (CSSPs)” aims to explore the landscape of scholarly work on CSSPs in the Middle East, including the various policy contexts where this strategy has been attempted; advance the scholarly conversation by bringing debates from multiple international contexts and support regional scholars in opening possibilities for further research on CSSPs into new policy areas or in comparative contexts. The convening was initiated and facilitated by Sonia Ospina, faculty director of RCLA and professor at NYU Wagner, Erica Foldy, RCLA affiliated scholar and associate professor at NYU Wagner, Bethany Godsoe, executive director of RCLA and Waad El Hadidy, senior associate at RCLA.
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Research Project: Scan and Analysis — Overview of Learning Communities

RCLA is conducting a scan of research and practice on learning communities on behalf of Grantmakers for Effective Organizations, GEO. Learning communities (also known as “communities of practice” or “learning networks”) are made up of peers who are interested in learning together on a sustained basis to enahance their practice or address common challenges. This research is part of GEO’s multi-year initiative, Scaling What Works that aims “to expand the number of grantmakers and public sector funders across the country that are prepared to broaden the impact of high-performing nonprofits.” Through this program GEO plans to educate its members and partners and engage them in collective practices with the goal of creating an ever growing knowledgeable and ready network that can effectively bring about greater impact and sustainability..
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American Evaluation Association Conference: Findings from IIE-LDM Evaluation

RCLA Deputy Director Amparo Hofmann-Pinilla and consultant Judith Kallick Russell, who jointly directed a participatory evaluation of the Institute of International Education West Coast Center’s Leadership Development for Mobilizing Reproductive Health (LDM) program, will be presenting with LDM Senior Program Officer Julia Hendrickson at the American Evaluation Association’s 2011 conference.  The year-long RCLA evaluation assessed the LDM program’s work to build and sustain a core of emerging and established leaders to improve the delivery of reproductive health and family planning services in five key countries..
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News and Events

RCLA Accepting Applications for Bloomberg Innovation Delivery Fellowship
In partnership with Bloomberg Philanthropies, RCLA is pleased announce a call for applications for the Bloomberg Innovation Delivery Fellowship, a program for early-tenure professionals (recent alumni of graduate degree programs in public policy and administration) selected to serve a two-year commitment as part of the Innovation Delivery Team in one of five cities – Atlanta, Chicago, Louisville, Memphis, and New Orleans. These teams will help mayors develop and deliver powerful solutions to major urban challenges. Bloomberg Philanthropies recently launched a three-year initiative to fund this groundbreaking model to bring real change to the selected American cities. Applications are due November 15, 2011.
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RCLA, in partnership with Accenture, recently hosted an Executive Briefing for 90 city government officials entitled Working Together Strategically and Analytically to Improve Performance.  The Briefing focused on agencies that are utilizing methods of performance improvement, like Lean Six Sigma, that involve working in teams to explore problems and develop, test and implement solutions.  The panel included representatives from Housing Preservation and Development, the Health and Hospitals Corporation, City Planning, Parks and Recreation, and the Mayor’s Office of Operations.  RCLA and Accenture offered a follow-up workshop to teach 25 city officials about the fundamental concepts and tools of Lean Six Sigma.
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RCLA affiliated Faculty Director Sonia Ospina will be a visiting scholar at the Faculty of Law, Political and Social Sciences in Universidad Nacional of Colombia during the first weeks of November, where she will present three lectures to specialized audiences on her work on social change leadership in the US; qualitative research methodology; and Latin American national systems of results oriented monitoring and evaluation in public management. She has also recently contributed a published work entitled "Thinking Sociologically about Leadership," co-authored with Margo Hittleman, to Leadership Studies: The Dialogue of Disciplines, a cross-disciplinary volume encouraging a new synthesis in the field of leadership studies recently published by Edward Elgar Publishing.

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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