1607 Theory of change showing how parent leaders might transform themselves and their children, families, communities, and states.The Parent Leadership Indicators project will provide a novel and comprehensive way for parent leadership training and organizing initiatives to assess and evaluate their work. The indicator framework will build from Phase I of this endeavor, the Parent Leadership Theory of Change (ToC), which was developed by Anne Henderson, Kate Gill Kressley, and Susan Frankel in collaboration with national experts in the field and was strongly informed by parent leaders, staff of parent leadership development initiatives, and public officials. The ToC illustrates parents’ pathways from the political margins to active community leaders who are valued by public officials and able to influence policy and practice changes that benefit children equitably. Our goals for Phase II are to create:

  • A Parent Leadership Indicator Framework: a compilation of field-friendly indicators, measures, and data sources that are aligned with the Theory of Change.
  • A Parent Leadership Evaluation Concept Paper: an agenda detailing recommendations for advancing research and evaluation of parent leadership training and organizing initiatives.

The multi-method framework will draw from interdisciplinary research on leadership and democracy-building, as well as evaluations of high-quality parent leadership programs, and will include a variety of data collection tools and innovative methods. Our collaborative research will actively engage with parent leaders, program developers and practitioners, and researchers on framework design and dissemination. Our ultimate goal is to make it as easy as possible for parent leadership initiatives to use the framework to assess and evaluate their work.

Press Release:

Annenberg Institute’s Parent Leadership Indicators Project Receives Continued Support

Partners and Funders: 

Anne Henderson, Senior Consultant
Kate Gill Kressley, Senior Consultant
Elaine Zimmerman, Regional Administrator, Administration for Children and Families
Ada Sanchez, Peppercorn Foundation
Lynda Parmely, Hagedorn Foundation
Irene Lee, Annie E. Casey Foundation
Jenefer O’Dell, Kellogg Foundation

The Annie E. Casey Foundation
Hagedorn Foundation
Peppercorn Foundation
The W. K. Kellogg Foundation

Advisory Board:

Danielle Asher
Eileen Forlenza
Soo Hong
Mary Ignatius
Ann Ishimaru
Karen Mapp
Aurelio Montemayor
Claire Reinelt
Deloris Vaughn