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  • publication Apr 2021

    Advocacy that Builds Power: Transforming Policies and Systems for Health and Racial Equity

    While getting policy wins and systems changes is important, what does it mean to center impacted communities as the drivers of change? What does it mean to make building their power the ultimate goal of advocacy work? What does it require of the broader ecosystem of advocacy actors who also are involved in the work? CEI's evaluation report of The California Endowment's Building Healthy Communities initiative explores these questions and more.

    By Mariah Brothe Gantz, Julia Coffman, Gigi Barsoum, Albertina Lopez

    Advocacy that Builds Power: Transforming Policies and Systems for Health and Racial Equity
  • publication Mar 2021

    Tools and Tips for Implementing Contribution Analysis

    Get practical lessons on applying contribution analysis to advocacy impact evaluations, especially when dealing with time and resource constraints. Contribution analysis does not seek to "prove" the role of a particular actor or set of actors in bringing about change, but instead to develop a plausible, credible evidence-based narrative to answer causal questions about their influence.

    By Laura Hopkins

    Tools and Tips for Implementing Contribution Analysis
  • event Dec 2020

    American Evaluation Association (2020)

    CEI staff presented at the virtual American Evaluation Association conference in October 2020.

    American Evaluation Association (2020)
  • 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
  • insight Jun 2019

    It’s Time to Evaluate 501(c)(4) Activities

    Advocacy evaluators need to reckon with evaluating 501(c)(4) tactics, otherwise we will find ourselves unable to speak meaningfully to the progress and setbacks our clients experience.

    By Kat Athanasiades

    It’s Time to Evaluate 501(c)(4) Activities
  • 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 Feb 2017

    Considering Starting a 501(c)4? Case Studies

    Thinking about starting a 501(c)(4) to enable a wide range of advocacy activities, including electoral advocacy? Learn from those who've already done it.

    By Alliance for Justice

    Considering Starting a 501(c)4? Case Studies
  • insight Feb 2017

    Making Collaborative Advocacy Work

    For many foundations, collaboration is key to advocating for policy and practice change. But these kinds of partnerships can be challenging to execute well. This collection from GrantCraft and IssueLab brings together dozens of reports and reflection pieces about multi-party advocacy efforts; providing valuable perspective on both the sticking points and how we might move through them.

    By GrantCraft and IssueLab

    Making Collaborative Advocacy Work
  • publication Oct 2016

    501(c)(4) Strategy and Discussion Guide

    This guide is for individuals, organizations, and funders interested in starting 501(c)(4) organizations. It discusses the strategic questions that must be considered in determining whether, when, and for what purpose(s) to create a 501(c)(4).

    By Alliance for Justice

    501(c)(4) Strategy and Discussion Guide
  • publication Oct 2016

    Primer on Social Welfare Organizations: Using 501(c)(4) Organizations for Good

    The primer covers the big questions that advocates and funders ask, including how 501(c)(4)s are unique, what kinds of activities they can undertake, who donates to them, and what rules govern donor disclosure. Brief descriptions of real-world examples help illustrate how (c)(4)s have played key roles in advancing causes such as marriage equality and immigration reform.

    By Alliance for Justice

    Primer on Social Welfare Organizations: Using 501(c)(4) Organizations for Good