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  • publication Jan 2016

    Beyond The Win: Pathways for Policy Implementation

    When a policy moves from “the win” to implementation, the opportunity is ripe to inform and impact the policy outcomes. This brief provides strategies and tactics for advocates, funders, and evaluators to achieve and measure desired policy outcomes during the implementation phase.

    By Sarah Stachowiak, Melanie Maltry, Leonor Robles, Eritrea Habtemariam

    Beyond The Win: Pathways for Policy Implementation
  • publication Jul 2015

    Tilling the Field: Lessons About Philanthropy’s Role in School Discipline Reform

    Anyone concerned about how the futures of millions of children are jeopardized because of discipline practices that unfairly exclude students from U.S. public schools will be heartened by this story about how transformative change can happen. It’s a story of how students and parents, civil rights advocates, academics, policymakers and government came together – with help from philanthropy – to advance reform.

    By Leila Feister

    Tilling the Field: Lessons About Philanthropy’s Role in School Discipline Reform
  • publication Jul 2015

    Network Evaluation in Practice: Approaches and Applications

    What are success factors in building a network? What should funders support when they design network grants? How can network builders and funders tell how well a network is doing? This Foundation Review article offers a three-pillar framework for evaluating networks focused on network connectivity, health, and results. 

    By Julia Coffman

    Network Evaluation in Practice: Approaches and Applications
  • publication Mar 2015

    Four Tools for Assessing Grantee Contribution to Advocacy Efforts

    Advocacy takes place in a complex and crowded political environment with many organizations trying to move policy on the same issue at the same time. This brief offers four tools that funders can use to get a better handle on a grantee’s contribution to an advocacy effort. 

    By Tanya Beer, Julia Coffman

    Four Tools for Assessing Grantee Contribution to Advocacy Efforts
  • publication Mar 2015

    The Advocacy Strategy Framework

    Our most downloaded resource, this brief offers a simple one-page tool for thinking about the theories of change that underlie public policy advocacy strategies. It also offers six questions that advocates, and funders working with advocates, can work through to better articulate their theories of change.

    By Tanya Beer, Julia Coffman

    The Advocacy Strategy Framework
  • 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. 

    Field of Themes: Five Early Lessons from an Innovative Advocacy Approach
  • 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. 

    Assessing and Evaluating Change in Advocacy Fields
  • 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.

    By Julia Coffman

    The State of Network Evaluation: Framing Paper
  • 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.

    By Julia Coffman

    Evaluating Networks for Social Change: A Casebook
  • 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.

    Monitoring and Evaluation for Human Rights Organizations: Three Case Studies
  • 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.

    Pathways for Change: 10 Theories to Inform Advocacy and Policy Change Efforts
  • 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.

    Civil Partnership and Ireland: How a Minority Achieved a Majority