Evaluation of the Arwain Cymru – Rethinking Leadership Programme

Commissioned by Public Service Management Wales (PSMW) CMI undertook an evaluation of the University of Wales, Newport ‘Rethinking Leadership course.

This course is funded under the Welsh Government ‘Arwain Cymru’ programme for senior public service leaders across Wales. The evaluation was designed to review the design and delivery of the course, and provide a final assessment of outcomes, impacts, value for money and lessons. The evaluation fieldwork included participant observation at the residential and workshop elements at the course, and was supported by final interviews with the individual participants and their colleagues in order to build up a clear understanding of the individual and organisational impacts from the course. In order to encourage participant engagement with the evaluation process CMI developed an accompanying online ‘course journal’ containing periodic articles on the programme and evaluation. This mechanism has encouraged feedback from the participants throughout the process, providing ongoing evidence from participant’s own leadership development activities. The final report will be published in March 2013, and will inform the roll out of the newly launched Academi Wales public service leadership management training.