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    publication Sep 2011

    Evaluation of the David and Lucile Packard Foundation’s Preschool for California’s Children Grantmaking Program

    This teaching case focuses on an evaluation that aimed for real-time strategic learning over the course of a 10-year initiative. It chronicles the challenges with achieving that while the strategy shifted and evaluators grappled with how to provide information that was of real value to the work. 

    Evaluation of the David and Lucile Packard Foundation’s Preschool for California’s Children Grantmaking Program
  • publication Jul 2011

    Evaluation to Support Strategic Learning: Principles and Practices

    Strategic learning refers to efforts to incorporate reliable data and ongoing reflection into social change strategies. This brief digs into the definition of strategic learning. It explores how evaluation can support it, and proposes a set of principles that represent the “non-negotiables” of evaluation for strategic learning. 

    By Tanya Beer, Julia Coffman

    Evaluation to Support Strategic Learning: Principles and Practices
  • publication Jul 2011

    Looking Through the Right End of the Telescope

    Questions about whether it is possible to evaluate advocacy have led to a proliferation of new tools aimed at responding to the real and perceived unique challenges to evaluating advocacy. This brief questions whether the advocacy evaluation field's emphasis on the development of tools is best serving advocates.

    Looking Through the Right End of the Telescope
  • publication Nov 2010

    Social Movements and Philanthropy: How Foundations Can Support Movement Building

    Movement building presents unique challenges for foundations. Because movements, by definition, must be driven by the people who are most affected, foundations cannot pre-determine their goals and timetables. This Foundation Review article describes how to support and evaluate social movements, including outlining core elements to movement building and proposing an evaluative framework. 

    Social Movements and Philanthropy: How Foundations Can Support Movement Building
  • publication Oct 2010

    Measuring Change while Changing Measures: Learning in, and from, the Evaluation of Making Connections

    Making Connections was an ambitious, multi-site, decade-long community change effort supported by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. It started in 1999 and aimed to improve outcomes for vulnerable children by transforming their neighborhoods. This teaching case focuses on the evaluation choices and challenges of this long-term comprehensive community change initiative.

    Measuring Change while Changing Measures: Learning in, and from, the Evaluation of Making Connections
  • publication Aug 2010

    Using a Social Justice Lens in Advocacy Evaluation

    Social justice advocacy works for enduring changes that increase the power of those who are most disadvantaged politically, economically, and socially. This brief discusses how to incorporate the concept of social justice and its underlying values into advocacy evaluation.

    Using a Social Justice Lens in Advocacy Evaluation
  • publication Aug 2010

    Champions and “Champion-ness”: Measuring Efforts to Create Champions for Policy Change

    Creating “policy champions” who shepherd policy change is central to many advocacy efforts. But what exactly is a champion for policy change? How can we assess progress in identifying, informing, or activating them? This brief offers a tool for defining and tracking the activity of champions for policy change, along with the challenges involved in using it.

    Champions and “Champion-ness”: Measuring Efforts to Create Champions for Policy Change
  • publication Aug 2010

    Measuring Impact in Practice: A Case Study of The Humane Society of the United States

    Just like all nonprofits, the Humane Society of the United States is accountable—to the animals it protects and to its donors. This brief describes how the nation’s largest animal protection organization developed an impact framework to capture its advocacy and direct service outcomes.

    Measuring Impact in Practice: A Case Study of The Humane Society of the United States
  • presentation Jun 2010

    Use of Evaluative Information in Foundations: 2009 Benchmarking Data

    This presentation, developed for the Evaluation Roundtable, offers† benchmarking data on foundation practices regarding evaluation and learning and how evaluation resources are deployed. In the shift toward strategic philanthropy, at the time, foundations were challenged to re-frame evaluation from an older model of “post hoc” assessment to one that examined their own work from start to finish.

    Use of Evaluative Information in Foundations: 2009 Benchmarking Data
  • publication Mar 2010

    Evaluating Community Organizing

    Community organizing has gained visibility as a vibrant and potent force for social change. While it shares many characteristics with policy advocacy, it differs in significant ways and the approaches to evaluating the two also differ. This brief offers a vision for community organizing evaluation that is grounded in a set of principles based on direct experience with organizers. 

    Evaluating Community Organizing
  • publication Oct 2009

    Tools to Support Public Policy Grantmaking

    This Foundation Review article offers guidance on how foundations can frame, focus, and advance efforts to achieve public policy reforms, outlines five essential steps for developing public policy strategy, and provides two tools to support foundations during the strategy development process.

    By Julia Coffman

    Tools to Support Public Policy Grantmaking
  • publication Oct 2009

    Evaluating Advocacy and Policy Change: The Funder’s Perspective

    Funders with experience in advocacy evaluation have found that getting buy-in from grantees and other funder staff can be challenging. This brief offers responses.

    Evaluating Advocacy and Policy Change: The Funder’s Perspective