Our CCL team in Ethiopia develops leadership at all levels of society including with grassroots and community organizations. Monitoring and assessment are key to this work, and the team has invented and adapted a variety of useful methods.
Samantha Adelberg just published a three-part series of posts on this topic that I highly recommend. The first one covers the use of Visual Explorer as an interactive tool for assessing leadership challenges and capabilities. (Here is an older post that describes a similar application of VE in Afghanistan.)
An excerpt …
The exercise pushes participants to think “outside the box” to answer difficult questions regarding their organization’s challenges and future direction. A creative break from the usual workday activities, Visual Explorer never generates “yes” and “no” responses. Just as an image tells 1000 words, the exercise pulls out full explanations that allow us to gain a more complete understanding of needs of the Community Service Organization and the current mindset with which staff members are approaching that challenge. … More at Assessing Leadership at the Grassroots Level | Leadership Beyond Boundaries.