Resources

  • publication Apr 2016

    Measuring Political Will: Lessons from Modifying the Policymaker Ratings Method

    Advocates often seek to move political will as a way to build champions who will drive their issue through the policy process. This brief shares three scenarios where a method for measuring political will was modified. It offers lessons about the tool, the process, and the kinds of products that can be created.

    By Sarah Stachowiak, Sara Afflerback, Melissa Howlett

    Measuring Political Will: Lessons from Modifying the Policymaker Ratings Method
  • 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 Jan 2016

    The Shaping of Evaluation at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

    This teaching case tells the story of the evolution of the evaluation function at the Hewlett Foundation from 2000 to 2015. It is as much the story of how one foundation’s culture shaped that evolution as it is how key leaders influenced the use of evaluation.

    By Susan Parker

    The Shaping of Evaluation at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
  • 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

    Strategy Design Amid Complexity: Tools for Designing and Implementing Adaptive Funding Strategies

    Foundations need processes and tools to create and implement adaptive strategies while also addressing the core dilemmas these strategies create. This Foundation Review article offers tools to help foundations design adaptive strategies, and ideas for balancing accountability with adaptability. 

    By Erica Snow, Jewlya Lynn, Tanya Beer

    Strategy Design Amid Complexity: Tools for Designing and Implementing Adaptive Funding Strategies
  • 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 Madeleine Taylor, Anne Whatley, Julia Coffman

    Network Evaluation in Practice: Approaches and Applications
  • 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 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 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. 

    By Scott Downes

    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. 

    By Jewlya Lynn

    Assessing and Evaluating Change in Advocacy Fields
  • presentation Jul 2014

    Evaluation and Learning for Aligned Action: 2014 Evaluation Roundtable Convening

    This presentation provides the context for the 2014 Evaluation Roundtable convening, as well as discussion outlines, benchmarking data, case examples, and key lessons and implications for evaluation and learning. 

    By Tanya Beer, Julia Coffman

    Evaluation and Learning for Aligned Action: 2014 Evaluation Roundtable Convening
  • 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 Madeleine Taylor, Anne Whatley, Julia Coffman

    The State of Network Evaluation: Framing Paper