Recent Publications

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

Assessing and Evaluating Change in Advocacy Fields

Jewlya Lynn of Spark Policy Institute explores emerging ideas and methods for assessing advocacy fields and evaluating advocacy field-building initiatives.

Jewlya Lynn
October, 2014

The State of Network Evaluation

Network Impact and CEI offer the field’s current thinking on network evaluation frameworks, approaches, and tools. 

July, 2014

Evaluating Networks for Social Change: A Casebook

Network Impact and CEI profile nine evaluations of network effectiveness, offering practical assessment approaches that fit with how networks develop and function.

July, 2014

How Shortcuts Cut Us Short: Cognitive Traps in Philanthropic Decision Making

Tanya Beer and Julia Coffman highlight common cognitive traps that can trip up philanthropic decision making, and suggest straightforward steps to counteract them. 

Tanya Beer and Julia Coffman
May, 2014

Evaluation for Strategic Learning: Assessing Readiness and Results

Anna Williams explores organizational preparedness and situational suitability for evaluation that supports strategic learning, and how to understand if this type of evaluation is working.  

Anna Williams
March, 2014