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  • publication Jun 2019

    When the Best Offense is a Good Defense: Understanding and Measuring Advocacy on the Defense

    With advocacy, a “win” can mean avoiding a disadvantageous policy or holding the line on past wins. This brief covers how advocates conceptualize five different types of defense, and how to think about defense-specific outcomes, impact, and evaluation.

    When the Best Offense is a Good Defense: Understanding and Measuring Advocacy on the Defense
  • publication Dec 2017

    Evaluating Coalitions and Networks: Frameworks, Needs, and Opportunities

    An impressive array of approaches, frameworks, and tools have been developed to evaluate coalitions and networks. This brief critically examines these resources, and points to challenges and opportunities that remain in efforts to assess their effectiveness and impact.

    Evaluating Coalitions and Networks: Frameworks, Needs, and Opportunities
  • publication Nov 2017

    Contribution Analysis in Policy Work: Assessing Advocacy’s Influence

    How do we know what difference advocacy really makes? This brief explores the methodological application of contribution analysis, a non-experimental impact evaluation method, to advocacy and offers guidance for evaluators considering this approach.

    Contribution Analysis in Policy Work: Assessing Advocacy’s Influence
  • publication May 2017

    Strategy Behind the Design of Advocacy Communications Support

    Foundations that fund advocacy understand the critical role communications play in policy change efforts. How can foundations best support grantees’ advocacy communications? This brief offers lessons based on the experiences of advocacy grantmaking initiatives.

    Strategy Behind the Design of Advocacy Communications Support
  • publication Oct 2016

    No More Half Measures

    Funders can get better at designing grantmaking strategies that meet the dual demands of advocacy capacity needs and the realities of the policy and political landscape. This brief explores how funders can support policy campaigns while also building advocacy capacity, instead of just picking one approach or the other.

    No More Half Measures
  • publication Apr 2016

    Measuring Political Will: Lessons from Modifying the Policymaker Ratings Method

    Advocates often seek to move political will as a way to build champions who will drive their issue through the policy process. This brief shares three scenarios where a method for measuring political will was modified. It offers lessons about the tool, the process, and the kinds of products that can be created.

    Measuring Political Will: Lessons from Modifying the Policymaker Ratings Method
  • publication Jul 2015

    Network Evaluation in Practice: Approaches and Applications

    What are success factors in building a network? What should funders support when they design network grants? How can network builders and funders tell how well a network is doing? This Foundation Review article offers a three-pillar framework for evaluating networks focused on network connectivity, health, and results. 

    By Julia Coffman

    Network Evaluation in Practice: Approaches and Applications
  • publication Mar 2015

    The Advocacy Strategy Framework

    Our most downloaded resource, this brief offers a simple one-page tool for thinking about the theories of change that underlie public policy advocacy strategies. It also offers six questions that advocates, and funders working with advocates, can work through to better articulate their theories of change.

    By Julia Coffman, Tanya Beer

    The Advocacy Strategy Framework
  • publication Mar 2015

    Four Tools for Assessing Grantee Contribution to Advocacy Efforts

    Advocacy takes place in a complex and crowded political environment with many organizations trying to move policy on the same issue at the same time. This brief offers four tools that funders can use to get a better handle on a grantee’s contribution to an advocacy effort. 

    By Julia Coffman, Tanya Beer

    Four Tools for Assessing Grantee Contribution to Advocacy Efforts
  • publication Jan 2015

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

    Many public policy issues are so expansive and complex that they cannot be boiled down to a specific targeted strategy and require a different approach--field building. This article offers lessons about developing and deploying an advocacy field building initiative from a program officer’s perspective. 

    Field of Themes: Five Early Lessons from an Innovative Advocacy Approach
  • publication Sep 2014

    Assessing and Evaluating Change in Advocacy Fields

    Funders engaged in advocacy field building have different evaluation needs than those that aim to build specific advocacy capacities or advance a particular policy change. This resource brings together emerging ideas about how to assess advocacy fields and evaluate advocacy field-building initiatives. 

    Assessing and Evaluating Change in Advocacy Fields
  • publication Jul 2014

    The State of Network Evaluation: Framing Paper

    Many in the social-change sector are recognizing the potential power of networks for achieving social change. But how do you evaluate them? This paper examines the field’s thinking on network evaluation frameworks, approaches, and tools.

    By Julia Coffman

    The State of Network Evaluation: Framing Paper