Recent Publications

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

Atlas Learning Project Announcement

A new three-year effort supported by The Atlantic Philanthropies to synthesize and strategically communicate lessons from the advocacy and policy change efforts that Atlantic and other funders have supported in the U.S.

April, 2015

Four Tools for Assessing Grantee Contribution to Advocacy Efforts

Four tools that funders can use to get a better handle on a grantee’s contribution to an advocacy effort. 

Tanya Beer and Julia Coffman
March, 2015

The Advocacy Strategy Framework

A simple one-page tool for thinking about the theories of change that underlie public policy advocacy strategies.

Julia Coffman and Tanya Beer
March, 2015

A Practical Guide to Evaluating Systems Change in a Human Services System Context

Nancy Latham of Learning for Action explains the concepts, frameworks, and tools that can be used to evaluate change in a human services delivery system.

Nancy Latham
January, 2015

Field of Themes: Five Early Lessons from an Innovative Advocacy Approach

Scott Downes offers lessons about advocacy field building from his experiences at The Colorado Trust. 

Scott Downes
January, 2015