We have completed a mixed-methods evaluation of the two pilot cohorts of RLI (RLI 1 and 2), including assessments post-program and six months post-program. In evaluating the overall course, 100% of participants of both RLI 1 and 2 agreed or strongly agreed with the statements, “I’ve learned practical skills that will help me in my work” and “I plan to use skills I have learned in the future.” At six months post-program, 50% of participants of both RLI 1 and 2 agreed or strongly agreed with the statement, “I have reached out and connected with members of my RLI learning collaborative.” Participants reported a significant increase in self-assessed competence for all 11 competencies, many of which connect to trust, in the four course domains (p-value range: 0.013 to <0.001).
Participants also reported a significant positive shift in their level of agreement with eight of nine statements reflective of RL attitudes (p-value range: 0.041 to <0.001). The most marked shifts occurred in attitudes related to working in teams and supporting others. The proportion of participants who agreed or strongly agreed with the following statements shifted from 50% pre-RLI to 95% post-RLI: “I am confident that I can help launch a team and handle difficulties when they arise” and “I am confident I can support the growth and development of my colleagues.” Participants seemed to retain these skills and mindsets long term; six months post-course, approximately 50% of participants reported that they were “moderately” or “fully” applying skills.