With the creation in October 2000 of the INCLEN Trust, an exciting third phase begins in INCLEN's development. Its new mission is: “Research and Training for Improving Equity, Efficiency And Quality In Health Care”. The new Board of Trustees (BOT) of the INCLEN Trust identified four strategic program directions: regionalization; leadership development (including management competencies); research and capacity building; and partnership building and networking. Since effective leadership is relevant to the other three program directions, the BOT at its March 2001 meeting launched a "Leadership & Management Program" (LAMP), to be managed by a core planning group.
The LAMP is designed to reinforce the values and goals of the "new INCLEN", and therefore has the following special features:
- The inclusion of cross-cultural elements, to reflect INCLEN's regional diversity;
- The use of strategies tailored to the realities of participants who are mostly "part-time" professional peers.
- An emphasis on partnership development with other "like-minded" organizations
Priority will be given to current INCLEN leaders, particularly regional presidents/coordinators, directors of clinical epidemiology units (CEU's), and principal investigators. There also may be opportunities for partnerships with other organizations who share similar training objectives. In addition, a special future initiative will explore opportunities for "emerging" leaders or "prime movers"--this will likely take the form of a fellowship program.
- Competencies to be Emphasized
A preliminary indication of the relevant competencies is reflected in the list of modules currently under development; they include the following:
- Introduction to Leadership and Management.
- Strategic Planning for Research and Development: vision development, advocacy, demand creation, fund-raising, and priority setting .
- Coalition Building and Teamwork: human resource management, mentoring, succession planning, and conflict resolution.
- Knowledge Management: the use of appropriate information & communication technology, and the design and use of purpose-specific data bases.
- Communication: public speaking, negotiation, and writing of reports, publications, policy briefs, and other relevant communications.
- Management Competencies: project management, time management, and financial management.
- Methods and Strategies
The LAMP will feature the following methods and strategies:
- A "learning while doing" problem-based approach--this will include an analysis of the participant's own professional situation and the specific elements which he or she would like to change. In addition, relevant case studies will be used; most of these will be derived directly from the INCLEN experience.
- The use of modules to be available in both print and electronic forms. Each module will include: a brief overview, a concept paper (providing a more detailed description), a variety of "tools", and case studies.
- A variety of events, such as inter-active workshops. These events will complement the learning processes already underway through individualized study and mentoring.
- Senior mentors will be recruited to work with program participants; the mentors will provide encouragement, advice and guidance to LAMP participants.
- Leadership and Management Program Modules
- Strategic Planning
- Team and Coalition Building
- Time Management
- Locating, Appraising and Referencing Research on the Web
- Efficient Email
- Governance Module
- Research to Policy Module