Advocacy and Policy Change

APC TIG Week: It’s Time to Evaluate 501(c)(4) Activities by Kat Athanasiades

My name is Kat Athanasiades and I’m a Senior Associate with the Center for Evaluation Innovation (CEI). We work to advance evaluation practice in areas that are challenging to assess, which tend to be areas of high complexity such as advocacy and policy change. Nonprofit advocates and funders doing advocacy work engage in a range of tactics such …

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APC TIG Week: Using Twitter to Track Narrative Change for Policy Advocacy Efforts by Laura Pryor & Heather Lewis-Charp

We are Heather Lewis-Charp and Laura Pryor, researchers at SPR, an evaluation firm located in Oakland, California. Within the advocacy field, framing is often key to winning in the court of public opinion. Phrases that capture the influence of complex issues on people’s lives have a powerful effect on how individuals and policy makers understand …

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APC TIG Week: The Political Context: Paradoxical Observations by Nicole Robinson

I’m Nicole Robinson, an evaluator of color living in Wisconsin. I will always remember where I was and what I was feeling on election night during the surprise win of Donald Trump. Furthest from my mind was evaluation even though I have been an evaluator for over ten years. His election changed the political context …

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APC TIG Week: How To Evaluate Actions Aimed To Improve Advocacy Capacity by Barbara Klugman

Hi, I’m Barbara Klugman. My practice focuses on evaluation of social justice advocacy. One of the challenges I frequently bump into is how to evaluate training done or conferences run in support of advocacy. Clients may have done a post-event survey indicating that participants gained new knowledge or met new people, both of which were …

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Advocacy and Policy Change TIG Week: Defensive Advocacy by Sarah Stachowiak and Joel Gutierrez

Hello AEA365ers! We’re Sarah Stachowiak, CEO and Joel Gutierrez, Consultant from ORS Impact in Seattle, WA. Since 1989, we have been partnering with advocates across the globe to help them think about, measure, and learn from their advocacy strategies and outcomes. Lessons Learned: Whether they call it “killing the bill”, “holding the line” or “just …

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Six Conditions that Increase the Likelihood and Effectiveness of Evaluators Speaking Truth to Power by Barbara Klugman

Hi, I’m Barbara Klugman. I offer strategy support and conduct evaluations with social justice funders and NGOs in South Africa and internationally. I practice utilization-focused evaluation, frequently using mixed methods including outcomes harvesting and social network analysis (SNA). My own history spans social activism, directing NGOs and both working for and being on boards of …

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APC TIG Week: Evaluating the effects of NGO organizational change processes on Human Rights advocacy outcomes by Tosca Bruno-van Vijfeijken

I am Tosca Bruno-van Vijfeijken, and I direct the Transnational NGO Initiative at Syracuse University, USA. The Initiative has assisted a number of major international non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to review their leadership and management practices related to large-scale organizational change. My colleagues – Steve Lux, Shreeya Neupane, and Ramesh Singh – and I recently completed …

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APC TIG Week: What’s the role of local context in advocacy? Developing success factors from three case studies by Johanna Morariu, Katie Fox and Marti Frank

We are Johanna Morariu and Katie Fox of Innovation Network and Marti Frank of Efficiency for Everyone. Since 2015 our team has worked with the Center for Community Change (CCC) to develop case studies of economic justice campaigns in Seattle, Washington, DC and Minneapolis/St. Paul. In each case study, our goal was to lift up …

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APC TIG Week: Building international teams to evaluate international advocacy initiatives by Carlisle Levine and Toyin Akpan

Hello! We are Carlisle Levine with BLE Solutions in the United States and Toyin Akpan with Auricle Services in Nigeria. We served as evaluation partner to Champions for Change Nigeria, an initiative that builds Nigerian NGOs’ evaluation capacities of to more effectively advocate for policies and programs that support women’s and children’s health. Through this …

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APC TIG Week: Using SNA to quantify and visualise relationships of power and influence in advocacy networks by Barbara Klugman

Hi, I’m Barbara Klugman. I offer strategy support and conduct evaluations with social justice funders, NGOs, networks and leadership training institutions in South Africa and internationally. I practice utilization-focused evaluation, frequently using mixed methods including outcomes harvesting and Social Network Analysis (SNA). Rad Resource: For advocacy evaluation, SNA can help identify: how connected different types …

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