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  • insight Aug 2023

    Using Discourse Analysis to Assess Narrative Change: Humanistic Methods

    Discourse analysis is a valuable tool for understanding sociocultural narratives and learning how they can strengthen social justice efforts to work toward lasting change. The humanities offer a useful suite of methods for evaluating and contributing to the work of narrative change.

    By Sowmya Ramanathan

    Using Discourse Analysis to Assess Narrative Change: Humanistic Methods
  • publication Aug 2023

    Supporting Advocacy Ecosystems to Build Power

    Organizers need the support of other actors—professional advocates, think tanks and policy shops, researchers, communications firms, funders, evaluators, and others—to recognize the critical role of organizing and to share the long-term goal of building people power.

    By Julia Coffman

    Supporting Advocacy Ecosystems to Build Power
  • insight Jul 2023

    An Advocate’s Takeaways on Advocacy Evaluation Practices and Needs

    A long-time advocate and advocacy evaluation trainer offers three takeaways about advocates' evaluation practices, priorities, and needs.

    By Susan Hoechstetter

    An Advocate’s Takeaways on Advocacy Evaluation Practices and Needs
  • publication Jun 2023

    Amplifying Nonprofit Voices: Bridging the Advocacy Evaluation Gap

    To better understand advocates’ perspectives and bridge the gap between their evaluation needs and the field of evaluation practice, this research surveyed U.S. nonprofit advocates and recommends six ways that the advocacy evaluation field can shift toward more advocate-focused practice.

    By Susan Hoechstetter, Shannon Williams, Annette Garnder

    Amplifying Nonprofit Voices: Bridging the Advocacy Evaluation Gap
  • publication Feb 2023

    Advocacy that Builds Parents’ Power

    CEI partnered with the Center on the Ecology of Early Development to evaluate two projects that supported state policy advocates in advancing equity by centering parents in their early childhood advocacy efforts. This report offers findings on the approach states used, the progress they made, and the barriers they encountered.

    By Sheniqua Jeffrey, Melly Kitenge, Mariah Brothe Gantz, Laura Ottoni, Julia Coffman, Dr. Stephanie Curenton-Jolly, Amber Sansbury

    Advocacy that Builds Parents’ Power
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    publication Apr 2021

    Policy Wins Aren’t Enough; We Need Advocacy that Builds Power

    While getting policy wins and systems changes is important, what does it mean to center impacted communities as the drivers of change? What does it mean to make building their power the ultimate goal of advocacy work? What does it require of the broader ecosystem of advocacy actors who also are involved in the work? CEI's evaluation report of The California Endowment's Building Healthy Communities initiative explores these questions and more.

    By Mariah Brothe Gantz, Julia Coffman, Gigi Barsoum, Dr. Albertina Lopez

    Policy Wins Aren’t Enough; We Need Advocacy that Builds Power
  • publication Mar 2021

    Tools and Tips for Implementing Contribution Analysis

    Get practical lessons on applying contribution analysis to advocacy impact evaluations, especially when dealing with time and resource constraints. Contribution analysis does not seek to "prove" the role of a particular actor or set of actors in bringing about change, but instead to develop a plausible, credible evidence-based narrative to answer causal questions about their influence.

    By Laura Hopkins

    Tools and Tips for Implementing Contribution Analysis
  • event Dec 2020

    American Evaluation Association (2020)

    CEI staff presented at the virtual American Evaluation Association conference in October 2020.

    American Evaluation Association (2020)
  • publication Oct 2020

    Supporting Effective Early Childhood Advocacy

    Using an evaluative method called contribution analysis, we developed a “contribution story” that assesses SCAN’s contribution to a key ECE policy outcome or win in each state: New Hampshire, New Mexico, Tennessee, and South Carolina.

    By Mariah Brothe Gantz, Kat Athanasiades, Julia Coffman

    Supporting Effective Early Childhood Advocacy
  • publication Jun 2019

    When the Best Offense is a Good Defense: Understanding and Measuring Advocacy on the Defense

    With advocacy, a “win” can mean avoiding a disadvantageous policy or holding the line on past wins. This brief covers how advocates conceptualize five different types of defense, and how to think about defense-specific outcomes, impact, and evaluation.

    When the Best Offense is a Good Defense: Understanding and Measuring Advocacy on the Defense