In June, Women’s World Banking began its collaboration with the Research Center for Leadership in Action (RCLA) at NYU’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. RCLA will conduct a participatory evaluation of the Center for Microfinance Leadership. Over the course of the next 30 months, RCLA will work with the Center in collecting data to evaluate outcomes of Center programming and will conduct an industry-level exploration around what works in leadership development and where future investments are most likely to have the biggest impact for the microfinance sector as a whole.
The goal of the Center is to make a significant contribution to the development of high quality, diverse management and leadership in the microfinance industry. RCLA's research will enable WWB to understand which programs and interventions best support leadership development and where the Center can further expand its offerings to deliver on its mission.
RCLA supports leadership that listens to many voices and serves as a resource for making systems and organizations effective, transparent, inclusive and fair. Their approach to increasing leadership for the public good includes breakthrough scholarship, customized research and programs, and partnerships that translate scholarship into action. Exemplifying RCLA’s commitment to conducting research with leaders rather than on leaders, the Center evaluation will be highly participatory and largely qualitative in nature. Data will be gathered primarily through in-depth interviews with microfinance experts and practitioner-leaders whose institutions have participated in Center programs.
NYU Wagner faculty members Erica Foldy and Jonathan Morduch will serve as advisors for the evaluation. Learn more about RCLA