Recent Publications

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

David Devlin-Foltz and Lisa Molinaro of Continuous Progress Strategic Services describe their tool for tracking progress in engaging champions.

David Devlin-Foltz and Lisa Molinaro
August, 2010

Assessing Nonprofits' Communications Capacity: An Online Self-Assessment Tool

This article from The Foundation Review introduces a tool that can help nonprofits and their foundation supporters determine the strengths and weaknesses of their communications efforts and how to improve them.

Anne Whatley, R. Christine Hershey, Julia Coffman, Andre Oliver
August, 2010

Early Childhood System Building from a Community Perspective

In this brief from The Colorado Trust, Julia Coffman and Susan Parker explain what it means to build an early childhood system in local communities, and how this kind of systems effort differs from direct services and program delivery.

Julia Coffman and Susan Parker
April, 2010

Broadening the Perspective on Scale

This article in Harvard Family Research Project’s Spring 2010 issue of The Evaluation Exchange describes four approaches to scaling impact that differ on both what is scaled and how. May 2010

Julia Coffman
March, 2010

Advocacy Evaluation Update #9

This issue of our quarterly newsletter offers articles on why some issues generate political interest while others do not; a low-tech and hands-on method for network mapping; and ideas on evaluating community organizing.

Center for Evaluation Innovation and Innovation Network
March, 2010

Evaluating Community Organizing

Catherine Crystal-Foster and Justin Louie offer a vision for evaluating community organizing. They compare policy advocacy and community organizing, and offer a framework for evaluating organizing, with recommendations on relevant outcomes and indicators.

Catherine Crystal Foster and Justin Louie
March, 2010

Tools to Support Public Policy Grantmaking

This article in The Foundation Review offers guidance on how foundations can frame, focus, and advance efforts to achieve public policy reforms. Martha Campbell and Julia Coffman cover five essential steps for developing public policy strategy, and offer two tools to support foundations during the strategy development process.

Martha Campbell and Julia Coffman
October, 2009

Overview of Current Advocacy Evaluation Practice

Julia Coffman offers an overview of current practice in the rapidly growing field of advocacy evaluation. The brief highlights the kinds of approaches being used, offers specific examples of how they are being used and who is using them, and identifies the advantages and disadvantages of each approach.

Julia Coffman
October, 2009