Maternal and Child Health Journal

, Volume 19, Issue 2, pp 280–289 | Cite as

Evaluation of the Professional Process Portfolio: An Innovative Tool to Help Develop and Demonstrate Leadership Competency

  • Elisabeth S. Hastings
  • Mariam R. Chacko
  • Amy B. Acosta
  • Albert C. Hergenroeder
  • Constance M. Wiemann


The professional process portfolio (PPP) was adopted by the Maternal Child and Health Bureau (MCHB) as an ‘innovation’ in best practice for all Leadership in Education and Adolescent Health (LEAH) Training Programs; however it had not been formally evaluated. Thus the objective was to evaluate the utility of the PPP for graduates of the LEAH training program in terms of (1) how alumni have used, adapted, and applied it since completing fellowship, (2) what fellows learned or gained through completing it, and (3) how it can be improved for continued use in training programs. Graduates from six disciplines were asked via telephone or email to participate in a survey regarding their experience with the PPP. Descriptive statistics were generated for demographic characteristics and closed-choice questions. Responses to open-ended questions were analyzed by a team of faculty using framework analysis. Sixty-one graduates completed surveys. The majority (85 %) found the PPP useful and utilized it post-graduation for multiple purposes in professional development: interviewing, training, and referencing previous work. Graduates recommended that the PPP be improved by making it electronic, discipline-specific, and providing earlier and more frequent instruction from faculty on expectations of creating it. Four themes emerged from the qualitative data analysis: accomplishment, experiential learning, skills and accountability, and a best practice of learning. The PPP was an effective personal learning tool for the majority of graduates and enhanced graduates’ experiences. We highlight the ways that the PPP may facilitate the development of learning experiences associated with MCH leadership competence.


Process portfolio Leadership Best practice Innovative tool Interdisciplinary 



This study was conducted with funds received from an Educational Project Scholarship Award through Texas Children’s Hospital and Baylor College of Medicine.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Elisabeth S. Hastings
    • 1
  • Mariam R. Chacko
    • 1
  • Amy B. Acosta
    • 1
  • Albert C. Hergenroeder
    • 1
  • Constance M. Wiemann
    • 1
  1. 1.Section of Adolescent Medicine and Sports Medicine, Department of PediatricsBaylor College of MedicineHoustonUSA

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