Leaders in Equitable Evaluation and Diversity (LEEAD) aims to develop talented, diverse thinkers and leaders who will improve the knowledge base and contribute to better science and social innovation in the field of evaluation. The Casey Foundation seeks a cohort of historically underrepresented minority scholars with significant post-doctoral research and/or evaluation experience and a commitment to social justice and equity.
Launching in January 2016, LEEAD is a nine-month evaluation pipeline training program that consists of three essential components:
LEEAD is an intensive, fast-track program that includes a core professional development course exclusive to LEEAD scholars. Topics will include network building, maintaining successful mentor relationships, branding and packaging an evaluator's skill set, finding and responding to contract opportunities and managing challenges around race equity and inclusion in the workplace and in the social sector. The professional development course will occur over the course of three months and employ a combination of webinars and online workshops.
Informed by an assessment of the scholars’ competencies and professional interests, scholars will enroll in credit-bearing course modules from the University of Wisconsin-Stout (UW-Stout) Evaluation Certificate online program. As these courses are self-contained modules which are self-paced over the course of three to six months, the scholar will need to be self-directed during this portion of the program. A minimum of 15 hours a week is required to complete the modules in three months or 7.5 hours a week in six months. The LEEAD cohort will be grouped by readiness and level of experience in evaluation. Scholars may choose to overlap the enrollment of the UW-Stout modules with participation in the professional development course. LEEAD Scholars must successfully complete a minimum of five credits to meet LEEAD program completion requirements. The scholar can elect, at his or her own cost, to pursue the entire evaluation certificate offered by UW-Stout.
The Casey Foundation will sponsor each scholar, including the UW-Stout course registration fee, up to five online credits and other administrative fees. Scholars are expected to commit at least $500 to in-person meeting costs (e.g. AEA 2016 Conference registration, travel, hotel expenses). The Foundation will cover all other expenses.