Many Extension leadership development programs have been evaluated for effectiveness. Little literature exists focusing on the evaluation of leadership development programs involving elected and appointed local officials. This article describes an annual program involving elected and appointed local officials and shares quantitative and qualitative evaluation data collected over the past 10 years. Findings indicate participants have increased their understanding of key local government leadership dimensions. Increased levels of confidence, broadened perspectives, and an increased sense of empathy were common themes present in the qualitative analysis.
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Davis, G. A., & Lucente, J. (2012). Local Government Leadership Education: Measuring the Impact of Leadership Skill Development on Public Officials. The Journal of Extension, 50(2), Article 69. https://doi.org/10.34068/joe.50.02.69