From Reproductive Health Leaders Network
Welcome to the Evaluation for Leadership Development for Mobilizing Reproductive Health (LDM)
The Evaluation Team
The Research Center for Leadership in Action (RCLA) at the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, New York University is evaluating the LDM program, drawing from action research and participatory evaluation methodologies to encourage a reflective process of personal and institutional learning. In addition to the RCLA Evaluators, the Evaluation Team will consist of one National Evaluator from each of the five countries. The Country Managers and other relevant staff from the Institute of International Education (IIE) and Packard Foundation (who have worked with the LDM program) will significantly participate in providing support and context throughout the evaluation process.
Rationale of the Evaluation
As the LDM project comes to completion in March 2011, IIE and the Packard Foundation have engaged RCLA to conduct an evaluation in the same spirit of collective reflection and learning which they have encouraged throughout the life of the program.
Purpose of the Evaluation
The purpose of this evaluation is to build on the established LDM learning environment to facilitate individual, institutional, community and systems level reflections on the ways in which the LDM program was influential in the RH/FP field, the LDM program’s achievements and challenges and ways in which the gains and learning from the LDM program can be integrated into future actions that continue transforming the RH/PF policies and services and the field of leadership development.
The RCLA team plans to use a Systemic Participatory Action Research approach to assess the LDM program. This approach involves the use of mixed methods, including a comprehensive review of already existing documentation, interviews with key informants, the creation of multiple spaces for data collection and collective sense-making through small Action Reflection (AR) Groups and a national workshop bringing together actors to validate findings and discuss future possibilities beyond LDM. This approach will support the participatory nature of the program and its goal of nurturing a style of leadership, change and action based in collective work, networking and learning opportunities. By engaging in Systemic Participatory Action Research as an evaluation tool, designed and facilitated by RCLA and the National Evaluators, the LDM Program Fellows and staff within the five target countries will be able to continue the work of the LDM program, therefore encouraging the program’s longevity and sustainability, and raising the quality of participants’ work.
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