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More Insight Into The New Partnership Between CQL And NLC

As we announced on 11/1/21, the National Leadership Consortium (NLC) will become an affiliate of CQL | The Council on Quality and Leadership on January 3, 2022. This partnership between these two organizations follows more than a decade of collaboration on improving the human services field.

Due to the significance of this new affiliation, we have compiled a list of possible questions our respective partners and stakeholders may have about the partnership with accompanying answers. If you have additional questions, you may contact us and if applicable, we may add them to this listing.

Why is the National Leadership Consortium becoming an affiliate of CQL | The Council on Quality and Leadership?

This partnership was initiated due to an alignment of values, principles, mission/vision, and strategic objectives between the two organizations. Considering CQL’s direct involvement in improving quality across the human services field, the repositioning of NLC as an affiliate of CQL was a better fit in comparison to its previous affiliation with the university system.

How will the National Leadership Consortium and its leadership institutes be impacted by this new partnership?

Just as it was under the previous affiliation with the University of Delaware, the National Leadership Consortium will remain an independent, semi-autonomous organization hosting its leadership institutes, training, research, programs. When relevant and applicable, CQL may join a Leadership Institute as a guest presenter just as it has done for more than a decade. Through this alliance, CQL will be providing administrative, operational, and marketing support to the National Leadership Consortium – as needed.

What effect will this partnership have on CQL’s core services?

The partnership will have no effect on CQL’s core services of accreditation, training, certification, research, and/or consultation. For example, participation in a NLC Leadership Institute would not become a requirement of achieving or maintaining accreditation. As some human services professionals associated with CQL have in the past, they can still elect to participate in a NLC Leadership Institute to promote their own growth as a leader in the field.

How will the alliance benefit the I/DD human services field?

Considering the collective expertise and experience of NLC and CQL, there will be opportunities for the organizations to collaborate on resources, tools, guides, webinars, etc. This offers a wealth of knowledge and insight that can help spread best practices across the human services field to help professionals as well as people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) who receive services.

What is the impact of the partnership on existing relationships with national disability organizations?

There will not be any effect on the industry partners, sponsors, etc. of either NLC or CQL. The organizations’ connections with those partner entities will remain intact and the related support, collaboration, and involvement is just as important as ever following this new alliance.

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About The National Leadership Consortium

For more than a decade, the National Leadership Consortium, a partnership of 18 national disability organizations, has been dedicated to the development of the next generation of disability service sector leaders through in-person and virtual leadership networking, training, and development opportunities, most notably the Leadership Institute, as well as field related research and evaluation projects. All activities, programs, and projects focus on best practice and innovation in disability supports and leadership, aimed at supporting disability sector leaders to have the skills, knowledge, and resources needed to lead organizations and systems that are responsive to the needs of people with disabilities and their families.

About CQL | The Council on Quality and Leadership

Since 1969, CQL | The Council on Quality and Leadership has been a leader in working with human service organizations and systems to continuously define, measure, and improve quality of life and quality of services for youth, adults, and older adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and psychiatric disabilities. CQL offers accreditation, training, certification, research, and consultation services to agencies that share our vision of dignity, opportunity, and community for all people.