Recent Publications

Contribution Analysis in Policy Work: Assessing Advocacy’s Influence

The authors describe contribution analysis as a method for assessing impact, and offer specific cases where the method was applied to advocacy efforts, walking through each step.

Robin Kane, Carlisle Levine, Carlyn Orians, Claire Reinelt
November, 2017

Strategy Behind the Design of Advocacy Communications Support

Meghann Flynn Beer and Ed Walz offer lessons on how to support advocacy communications based on the experiences of advocacy grantmaking initiatives.

May, 2017

How Do You Measure Up? Finding Fit Between Foundations and Their Evaluation Functions

Julia Coffman and Tanya Beer pose questions foundations can ask to assess what they need from an evaluation function, and common areas of misalignment between foundation needs and their approaches.

Julia Coffman and Tanya Beer
November, 2016

No More Half Measures

Scott Downes explores how funders can support policy campaigns while also building advocacy capacity, instead of just picking one approach or the other.

Scott Downes
October, 2016

Benchmarking Foundation Evaluation Practices

Our most comprehensive data collection effort to date on evaluation practices at foundations, developed with the Center for Effective Philanthropy.

September, 2016

Measuring Political Will: Lessons from Modifying the Policymaker Ratings Method

Shares three scenarios where the method was modified to show lessons about the tool, the process, and the kinds of products that can be created.

Sarah Stachowiak, Sara Afflerback, Melissa Howlett
April, 2016

Strategy Design Amid Complexity: Tools for Designing and Implementing Adaptive Funding Strategies

This Foundation Review article offers tools to help foundations design adaptive strategies, and ideas for balancing accountability with adaptability. 

Erica Snow, Jewlya Lynn, Tanya Beer
July, 2015

Network Evaluation in Practice: Approaches and Applications

This Foundation Review article offers a three pillar framework for evaluating networks focused on network connectivity, health, and results. 

Madeleine Taylor, Anne Whatley, Julia Coffman
July, 2015