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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.
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.
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.
publication Jul 2014
Evaluating Networks for Social Change: A Casebook
This casebook profiles nine evaluations of network effectiveness that are designed to fit with how networks develop and function.
publication Jan 2014
Monitoring and Evaluation for Human Rights Organizations: Three Case Studies
The promotion and protection of human rights around the world is driven by principles of transparency and accountability. These same principles drive monitoring and evaluation (M&E) efforts. Yet, conceptual, capacity, and cultural barriers often discourage the use of M&E in human rights work. This brief offers concrete examples of how to tackle the unique challenges of evaluating human rights work.
publication Nov 2013
Pathways for Change: 10 Theories to Inform Advocacy and Policy Change Efforts
One of our most popular publications, this brief, produced in collaboration with ORS Impact, summarizes 10 theories grounded in social science about how policy change happens. The theories can help to untangle beliefs and assumptions about the inner workings of the policymaking process and identify causal connections supported by research to explain how and why a change may or may not occur.
publication Nov 2012
Civil Partnership and Ireland: How a Minority Achieved a Majority
The Gay and Lesbian Equality Network played a crucial role in working toward marriage equality in Ireland. This advocacy case study offers a chronological account of how advocacy for civil partnership legislation unfolded, critical elements of the advocacy strategy, and transferable lessons for advocates and funders.
publication Aug 2012
Advocacy & Public Policy Grantmaking: Matching Process to Purpose
How should foundations approach their advocacy and public policy grantmaking? This report offers three options and explores what it means for foundations to design grantmaking that builds the capacity and influence of an advocacy field.
publication Feb 2012
Shaking the Tree: Evaluating Programs that Combine Services and Advocacy
Monitoring and evaluation strategies can demonstrate accountability and deliver results to stakeholders—both upwards to donors and downwards to the individuals providers serve. This brief examines how service delivery organizations conducting advocacy should think about monitoring and evaluating their work.
publication Jan 2012
Best Practices and Emerging Trends in Advocacy Grantmaking
Foundations make many choices in designing and supporting advocacy portfolios. Best practices can guide this work.
publication Sep 2011
Advocacy Evaluation Case Study: The Chalkboard Project
An evaluation of a civic engagement and advocacy effort in Oregon offered an opportunity to incorporate both retrospective and prospective approaches and new advocacy evaluation tools. It is a case example of how evaluation can support strategic learning among advocates.
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.