LDI Methodology

The design of APAP’s Leadership Development Institute was accomplished through a Cooperative Inquiry (CI), which is a primary action inquiry methodology that the Research Center for Leadership in Action at the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York University (RCLA) has been researching and working with for the past six years.

Cooperative Inquiry (CI) is a participatory research technique in which a group of people use their own experience to generate insights around an issue that is of burning concern to all of them.  In this type of inquiry, participants formulate questions, agree upon a course of action, individually and together engage in actions through their work, and then collectively make meaning from the data generated by these actions.  This cycle of reflection-action-reflection is repeated several times until the group feels it has successfully addressed its concerns. Facilitators support the group to ensure that its members use the process to its full advantage.

Ultimately, Cooperative Inquiry contributes to creating new knowledge grounded in practice, deepens the participants’ leadership capacity, especially around the question at hand, and strengthens the relationships among the participants and the communities they work within.

Learn more about the RCLA/Wagner Collective Inquiry Process.

LDI Methodology

APAP’s Leadership Development Institute follows a Cooperative Inquiry design. Read more ›

2012/2013 Team

Fourteen LDI team members were chosen from a cross section of US presenting organizations. Read more ›

Best Practices

LDI members developed best practices around 5 key aspects of engaging community with and through the arts. Read more ›

About LDI

Launched in 2010, the goal of the LDI is to develop the leadership, knowledge and capacity required to advance the performing arts presenting field. Read more ›

Resource Library

LDI members created a library of resource materials to guide presenters’ community building efforts. Read more ›