Beryl Levinger began her international development career as a Peace Corps Volunteer in rural Colombia. Since that time, she has worked on six continents and in more than 50 countries. Prior to coming to MIIS, Dr. Levinger held executive positions with Save the Children, CARE, and AFS Intercultural programs. Her consulting clients include a mix of intergovernmental organizations (e.g., UNHCR, the World Bank, the World Food Programme, the InterAmerican Development Bank); international NGOs (e.g., the Red Cross, Save the Children, Grameen Foundation, Project Concern International); and the U.S. government.
Dr. Levinger is passionate about innovation. Among the breakthrough ideas she has helped to shape over the course of her career are the highly acclaimed New School (Escuela Nueva) movement; InterAction, a major consortium of international development organizations; the national Peace Corps (Coverdell) Fellows program in 1983; Save the Children’s State of the World’s Mothers annual reports; and, more recently, the launch of Save the Children’s new annual index of “childhood enders”– events that rob children of their childhoods. She has also co-authored many widely used organizational capacity assessment tools. At MIIS, Dr. Levinger, working closely with Institute colleagues, has pioneered a number of pedagogical innovations including the Program in Design, Partnering, Management, and Innovation (DPMI), a hands-on intensive program in development practice.
The 4-credit DPMI 8630 offering is only available to students who participated in the 2-week DPMI/Monterey course (summer).
Requires completion and submission of deliverables for DPMI Module I and II the 3-5 page Statement of Development Philosophy. Students enrolled in this course should submit links to their work to BLevinger@<a href="http://miis.edu">miis.edu
and firstname.lastname@example.org by the last day of classes for the semester of enrollment. You must also provide the link to your work on the course wiki.
Deliverables for both modules should be presented as a Google Doc or through a website of your choice. Please use the same technology to present all your deliverables. Be sure that your work is made public ("anyone with link" can view).
Your deliverables need not be uniquely your work. When you are working on team projects (e.g., the Results Framework), you may present the work you did with other team members. You are, however, strongly encouraged to improve or enhance the group's product so that you have a portfolio that represents your best work and that is worthy of sharing with a future employer.
The Development Project Practicum is an academic and professional program in which students complete professional assignments (typically three to seven months) with an organization that they have helped identify. The practicum is designed to afford students the opportunity to utilize DPMI skills in the field. Participants develop a set of negotiated deliverables which are reviewed and approved by the faculty program director and the Center for Advising and Career Services. Credit is offered on a pass/fail basis. The Development Project Practicum may be completed in conjunction with DPMI 8698 for 12 credits in any given semester, or at any time after a DPMI Certificate of Completion has been earned. Please visit http:<a href="http://go.miis.edu/dpmi">go.miis.edu/dpmi or contact email@example.com for more information.
Seminar: Program Evaluation for Social Change Organizations
This seminar introduces participants to a variety of evaluation approaches appropriate to public sector and nongovernmental organizations engaged in social change, poverty alleviation, education, health and development work. Key issues include: uses of evaluation; alternative evaluation methodologies; evaluation as the process of testing hypotheses about linkages and causality; evaluating for sustainability; stakeholder identification; participatory approaches to evaluation; cross-cultural perspectives on evaluation; funding of evaluation; and, the role of organizational leadership and management in evaluation. Seminar participants review and critique evaluations of development assistance projects sponsored by bilateral, multilateral, and nongovernmental organizations. Additionally, they develop original evaluation designs that allow them to apply critical seminar concepts to a real-life project.
This workshop will be taught by organizational expert and successful government, nonprofit, and private-sector consultant, Dr. Beryl Levinger. Participants will learn tools for analyzing an organization, its culture, its approach to meeting mission, and ecosystem analysis. They will also master key skills for effective organizational consulting including client reconnaissance; client relationship management; and the creation of value-added consultant deliverables. The 15 contact hour workshop in January will be worth 1 credits. Students wishing to earn 2 credits for this workshop will turn additional deliverables during their internship applying the tools they have learned in this workshop to better understand their host organizations.
Students who take IPSS 8530A workshop may submit deliverables in the first month of their internship for one additional credit. These deliverables will help students apply the tools they have learned in the IPSS 8530 workshop to better understand their host organizations.
My professional life blends teaching through experiential learning, research on capacity development, evaluation work, and a robust consulting practice. These activities have been shaped by two closely linked questions: (1) How do individuals, communities, and organizations become capable of meeting the challenges they face? (2) What makes a project or program “good”? Those two concerns have led me to current activities which include: helping an international group of cybersecurity practitioners to craft appropriate capacity development strategies; working with Colombia’s Graduate School of the National Police to develop post-conflict social and educational programs; and designing and facilitating an event to help Latin American policy makers create innovative initiatives to reach traditionally marginalized populations.
PhD in Educational Planning, University of Alabama
MA in Educational Administration, University of Alabama
BS in Social Sciences and Organizational Development, Cornell University
Professor Levinger has been teaching at the Institute since 1992.