Leadership Institute at the Santa Fe Indian School receives the 2010 High Honors award from The Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development.  (Left to Right:  Dalene Coriz, Regis Pecos, Patricia Sandoval, Carnell Chosa, Aaron Sims).


Research and evaluation are key components of The Leadership Institute framework. Research priorities address both the content of all Institute programming, such as Institute topics on critical Indigenous issues and the impact of Institute programming on Tribal communities and students.

At this time, research on critical issues is under Institute review and will be initiated promptly and will result in publications in scholarly journals and other resources that serve as tools for Native and non-Native educators, Indigenous scholars, Tribal community members, policymakers and those engaged in addressing solutions towards Indigenous-identified problems within Tribal communities.

Research undertaken by Institute consultants to examine impact uses quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods.
Evaluations on each Institute program are conducted annually. At this time, longitudinal studies are being launched on the effectiveness of Institute programs, starting with SPA graduates. Evaluation tools include,

• Student self-reporting through assigned reflection tasks and journaling
• Student evaluations and surveys
• Student, faculty and staff interviews
• Participant-observation of Institute programs

The Leadership Institute values developing new partnerships initiatives in program development, program implementation, evaluation, and research initiatives.  Please contact the office at 505-989-6303 if you or your organization is interested in such a partnership. 

Program partner policy:  The Leadership Institute at the Santa Fe Indian School strongly encourages the use of a Memorandum of Understanding when partnering on a program.

Indirect cost policy:  The Leadership Institute at the Santa Fe Indian School places focus on supporting direct cost of projects with partners.  Indirect costs are considered for administrative expenses at a maximum rate of 5% of the grant budget.