Leadership Development Program Plus (LDP+): A Guide for Facilitators

The Leadership Development Program Plus (LDP+) is the enhanced version of the Leadership Development Program (LDP) first delivered by Management Sciences for Health (MSH) in 2002. The LDP+ builds on the unique features of the LDP: an experiential learning and performance improvement process that empowers people at all levels of an organization to learn leadership, management, and governing practices; face challenges; and achieve measurable results.

Since MSH introduced the LDP, participating organizations in more than 40 countries have used this proven process to transform how teams deliver health services. Working on real workplace challenges over time, teams receive feedback and support from coaches and facilitators to:

  • Create an inspiring shared vision for addressing a priority health area.
  • Apply leading and managing practices to improve teamwork and effectiveness.
  • Use the Challenge Model process to identify and achieve desired measurable results.
  • Align stakeholders around a common challenge.

The LDP+ Facilitator’s Guide Package is for facilitators to use and learn from as they implement the LDP+. It presents the foundations of the program and explains how to conduct all the necessary activities. It is designed to be easy-to-use and adaptable to the specific needs of an organization or LDP+ Improvement Team.

Available in English, French, Spanish and Portuguese.

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Success Stories

After completing the LDP+ process in 2012, teams from Reproductive Health Uganda (RHU) and Planned Parenthood Association of Ghana (PPAG) reported dramatic increases in the number of FP/RH services accessed by their local communities. Many clinics successfully implemented innovative projects to improve equity in access to FP/RH services for vulnerable populations, including youth and commercial sex workers. Each team focused on reaching a different underserved population—sex workers, rural populations, and youth—using a specific set of actions to achieve their program objectives. A clinic team from Lira, Uganda aimed to increase their number of clients served with family planning-related services at their outreach sites by 40% per month. They achieved a 250.5% increase by developing new community partnerships and engaging vulnerable populations in decision-making. By implementing similar community-driven solutions, all six clinics in Uganda collectively served an additional 50,608 FP/RH clients over the implementation period.

The three teams of health workers from PPAG attained similar levels of success. Each team carried out an innovative project that aimed at increasing access to family planning and STI treatment for school-aged youth and other underserved populations. After less than six months of implementation, the teams (each from a different region in Ghana) served an additional 15,096 youth and adults with reproductive health services and education.

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