Recent Publications

Evaluation Coaching: Light Up Your Client’s Expertise

Betsy Baum Block offers an introduction to the use of coaching in evaluation capacity building, and a few tools to get started. 

Betsy Baum Block
January, 2018

Evaluating Coalitions and Networks: Frameworks, Needs, and Opportunities

Mona Younis reviews evaluation approaches for coalitions and networks, highlighting their advantages, disadvantages, and other opportunities.

Mona Younis
December, 2017

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