Recent Publications

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

Evaluating Advocacy and Policy Change: The Funder's Perspective

Barbara Masters describes the key challenges and solutions several foundations have identified from their experiences evaluating their advocacy grantmaking in recent years. It also offers ten tips for funders on what to communicate to their advocacy and policy grantees about evaluation.

Barbara Masters
October, 2009