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This is a Community of Practice page for researchers, evaluators, practitioners, and funders of community leadership development hosted by the Leadership Learning Community [You are invited to add resources from your research and evaluations or send them to Claire Reinelt (claire@leadershiplearning.org) ]

Community Leadership Development Resources
A Compilation of Research about Leadership Development in Places & Case Examples

Developing an Evidence Base and Tools for Place-Based, Collective Leadership Development

Place-Based Leadership Capacity-Building for Communities

Healthy Communities
  • Healthy Food, Healthy Communities -- A report by PolicyLink to lift up what works to help advocates, policymakers and community-based organizations, residents, and other stakeholders replicate and create successful models for ensuring that all communities have access to healthy food and the wide range of benefits it brings.
  • Center for Health Equity and Place has developed a series of tools and resources to create healthy food access in low-income communities.

Developing An Evidence Base for Leadership Development
  • Evidence-Based Practice and Leadership Development Meeting Synthesis (November 2010)
In November 2010 twenty-one funders and evaluators gathered for 1 ½ days to have a conversation about evidence-based practice and leadership development sponsored by the Annie E Casey Foundation. The session began with an introduction to Evidence-Based Practice and some examples of how EBP has been applied in the field of leadership development. We took an in-depth look at the Theory of Aligned Contribution and the Leadership in Action program with Victoria Goddard-Truitt. Powerpoint slides from both presentations are available at the meeting wiki, along with an overview of the purpose, process, and content of the meeting.
  • Further Reflections on Evidence-Based Practice and Leadership Development: Developing Hypotheses and Case Examples (October 2010)
LLC invited its members to participate in a survey that guided them through a process of creating a working hypothesis to make explicit the assumptions and expectations of their leadership program: who is reached, with what supports, and for what purpose. This document shares the hypotheses. We also share case examples and lessons learned from two leadership initiatives that have formulated leadership hypotheses that are being researched and tested in multiple settings. We highlight these examples to encourage others to consider a more intentional approach to developing an evidence base for their leadership investments.
  • What leadership approaches are making a big difference in people’s lives? - blog post by Deborah Meehan (September 2010)
  • Assessment and Evidence-Based Leadership Practice - blog post by Claire Reinelt (August 2010)
  • The Use of Evidence-Based Practice in the Field of Leadership Development - blog post by Claire Reinelt (July 2010)

Evaluating, Mapping and Telling the Story of Community Leadership
  • The Handbook of Leadership Development Evaluation has a chapter on evaluating Kellogg Leadership Program for Community Change entitled Evaluating Community Leadership Programs (Chapter 10)
  • Bruce Hoppe and Claire Reinelt, Social Network Analysis and the Evaluation of Leadership Networks . This paper offers a framework for conceptualizing different types of leadership networks and uses case examples to identify outcomes typically associated with each type of network. One challenge for the field of leadership development has been how to evaluate leadership networks. Social Network Analysis (SNA) is a promising evaluation approach that uses mathematics and visualization to represent the structure of relationships between people, organizations, goals, interests, and other entities within a larger system. Core social network concepts are introduced and explained to illuminate the value of SNA as an evaluation and capacity-building tool.
  • Community Mapping. A Policy Link tool to map social and economic data on housing, jobs, and transportation to visualize where there are the greatest needs, and begin a process to determine what factors are contributing to inequities.
  • Building Alliances: Collaboration Between Rural Organizing Project (ROP) and CAUSA in Oregon: A Leadership for a Changing World Collaborative Ethnography. By Lynn Stephen. New York: 2006

Community Leadership Chautauqua
  • Ken Pigg, Community Leadership Development Education: Promoting Civic Engagement Through Human and Social Capital, Community Development, Vol. 43, No. 1, February 2012, 31–48
  • A blog post by Claire Reinelt reflecting on the evaluation discussion at Leadership Chautauqua

Collective Leadership: How to Partner in Context
  • The Community Learning Exchange Story -- A webinar about the partnership between the Center for Ethical Leadership and two leaders from South Texas that have formed a national community learning Exchange.
  • The Center for Ethical Leadership has published a series of collective leadership stories including one on creating inter-generational partnerships for student success in South Texas.
  • CEL has published a number of resources on how to cultivate and develop collective leadership.
  • Alain Gauthier, "Developing Collective Leadership: Partnering in Multi-Stakeholder Contexts," included in the book Leadership is Global: Bridging Sectors and Communities (2006).

Community Leadership Case Examples

Leadership in Action Program

Lawrence CommunityWorks
  • A Case Example of Lawrence CommunityWorks
  • The Value of Place - Building Community in the 21st Century -- a blog by Bill Traynor, founder of Lawrence CommunityWorks -- Check out his post 9 Leadership Practices for Community Networks
  • Case Study of Lawrence CommunityWorks -- Using the Power of Networks to Restore a City by Peter Plastrik and Madeleine Taylor
  • Learning From Stories of Community Leadership and Change - Blogpost by Deborah Meehan
  • Building Community in a Network Environment -- Blogpost by Claire Reinelt - summarizes Bill Traynor’s principles for successful community-building using a network approach

  • Executive Summary, Final Report on Horizons Program -- Diane Morehouse describes the Horizons model of community change and the results from a multi-year initiative by the Northwest Areas Foundation
  • Capacity Building in Rural Communities: Lessons, Observations, and Opportunities from Leadership Scholars, Practitioners and the Northwest Area Foundation’s Horizons Program, Diane L. Morehouse

The Barr Fellowship Network (a network leadership program in Boston)
  • A Case Example of the Barr Fellowship Network

  • Barr Fellowship Logic Model
  • Networking a City -- case study of the Barr Fellowship in 2012 SSIR Summer Issue
  • Nurturing Collective Leadership - Webinar and blogposts by Curtis Ogden and Gibran Rivera, facilitators of preparing the ground for collective leadership with the Interaction Institute for Social Change
  • What Trust Looks Like in the Barr Network - Blogpost by Claire Reinelt
  • First Relationships. Then Results. - Article by Stefan Lanfer, Knowledge Officer at the Barr Foundation, about the Barr Fellowship Program

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