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What is a Hypothesis?
A Hypothesis is an if-then statement about a problem or a challenge that can be tested in different contexts and learned about using different methodologies. This definition was derived from an "emergent learning" circle process using EL Maps -- a process that guides the formation and testing of hypotheses in complex social conditions.

Are you aware of any hypotheses about how leadership and leadership development catalyze changes at the community, field, systems, or population levels?
We are interested in capturing the range of hypotheses about leadership and leadership development that are currently being researched and tested. Please add any hypotheses you know about.

Note: The following hypotheses were discovered through our research on evidence-based practice and leadership development for the Annie E.Casey Foundation, and generated by LLC members through a survey that asked for them to share their leadership development hypothesis. The bolded hypotheses are ones that are currently being tested.


Community Level Changes

  • When you bring the appropriate people together in constructive ways with good information, they will create authentic visions and strategies for addressing the shared concerns of the community. (Collaborative Leadership Theory- David Chrislip)
  • When communities move from an exclusive and divisive civic culture to a more inclusive and collaborative civic culture, they are capable of doing adaptive work and ensuring community accountability for making progress on critical issues. (Kansas Health Foundation)
  • If Cape Verdean community members and medical providers (as well as non-Cape Verdean health workers who serve the Cape Verdean community) work together on a coordinated health care project, then there will be positive health outcomes in the Cape Verdean community locally and in Cape Verde.
  • If citizens understood and had encouragement to engage in community issues they care deeply about with a higher level of skill our communities would be better.
Field Level Changes
  • If we have a new collective leadership with the capacity to observe the present with a new openness, sense the future and actively learn by prototyping solutions, then we can creatively solve significant problems.
Systems Level Changes
  • If states and districts work together and align their efforts to improve leadership standards, training for leaders, and the conditions leaders face, then school leaders will be more effective at improving teaching and student learning in their schools. (The Wallace Foundation)
  • If those seeking to create change and exercise leadership understand how to work across boundaries (sectors, ideologies, generations, etc.), then they will be more effective at creating system-level changes to improve the functioning of our communities, institutions, and democratic system.
  • If leaders are networked across issues then they will be better able to share strategies and resources and strengthen their own as well as national efforts for lasting change.
Population Level Changes
  • When a core group of multi-sector, cross agency leaders respond to a call to action, and align their actions at greater scope and scale, they are more likely achieve population level changes. (Theory of Aligned Contribution- Jolie Bain Pillsbury)
  • If leaders are supported in their work through increasing knowledge, having a kind "reality check" with peers and an on-going relationship with a competent mentor they in turn will be better able to address the complexity of their jobs to improve the health of their respective populations.




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creinelt What's your leadership hypothesis or value propositon? 1 Oct 11 2010, 12:36 PM EDT by KellyHannum
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Do you have a hypothesis or value proposition that guides your leadership practice? We believe that if we collect and organize our hypotheses we will have a valuable field level resource to organize collective learning about leadership practice. Can you contribute to this resource? Keep posted over the next several months for increased focus on emergent learning and evidence-based practice.
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