The Framework is a multi-layered representation of WIL leadership capabilities. Each layer presents a slice of leadership practice. The upper layers provide the context and domains of WIL leadership while the lower layers provide the detail and exemplars. Providing a layered view of leadership allows leaders, and potential leaders, to identify how WIL can be enhanced and developed. However, the layered approach also allows specific skills and capabilities to be targeted both within universities and within partner and community organisations.
The WIL context is the overarching layer of the Framework and encompasses the multiple settings and roles that pertain to WIL practice. The lower layers must be interpreted within the context of the institution, organisation or the individual WIL leader.
The five WIL leadership domains describe the key capabilities that are exhibited by WIL leaders: Shaping the WIL Vision, Creating Relationships, Fostering Engagement, Communicating and Influencing, and Driving Outcomes.
The scope statements define the key activities undertaken by the WIL leader within that domain. The extent to which each scoping statement is applied is drawn from the WIL context and the role or roles undertaken by the individual leader.
The approaches are divided into those that enable the domain scope to be achieved and those that allow the leader to enact that scope. Further divisions in approaches are made to identify activities undertaken by university leaders and those in industry.
The vignettes available on the ACEN website provide exemplars sourced from WIL leaders and practitioners, describing the needs within WIL practice at course and institutional levels which can be addressed by the Framework.