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Rhode Island Leadership Academy Training Evaluation

The aim of this project is to determine whether participation in the Leadership Academy for Middle Managers (LAMM) results in leadership competency gains and improved ability to implement an agency change initiative.

With support from Casey Family Programs (CFP), the Rhode Island Department for Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF) is implementing the Leadership Academy for Middle Managers (LAMM) across the state to build the leadership competencies of child welfare managers. Dr. Rienks at the Butler Institute for Families is leading the evaluation of this effort. Managers participating in the LAMM completed surveys administered before and after the training and again at 6-month and 12-month follow up. Surveys seek to assess leadership competency gains, transfer of skills to the job, barriers and facilitators to transfer of learning, and the extent to which participants successfully implement an agency change initiative. If managers increase their leadership competency as a result of the training, the training will be deemed effective. Improved leadership across the agency has positive implications for managers, their direct reports, and clients.