Advocacy and Policy Change

APC TIG Week: Evaluating a Dynamic Initiative by Susanna Dilliplane

Hello, I’m Susanna Dilliplane, Deputy Director of the Aspen Institute’s Aspen Planning and Evaluation Program. Like many others, we wrestle with the challenge of evaluating complex and dynamic advocacy initiatives. Advocates often adjust their approach to achieving social or policy change in response to new information or changes in context, evolving their strategy as they …

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APC TIG Week: Learning and evolving in advocacy and campaign evaluation by Rhonda Schlangen and Jim Coe

Hello! We are Rhonda Schlangen and Jim Coe, evaluation consultants who specialize in advocacy and campaigns. We are happy to kick off this week of AEA365 with interesting posts from members of the Advocacy and Policy Change Evaluation TIG. Over the last two decades there has been a seismic shift in thinking about evaluating advocacy. …

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DUP Week: Accessible Evaluation Techniques with June Gothberg

Greetings, I am June Gothberg, Ph.D. from Western Michigan University, Chair of the Disabilities and Underrepresented Populations TIG and co-author of the Universal Design for Evaluation Checklist (4th ed.).   Historically, our TIG has been a ‘working’ TIG, working collaboratively with AEA and the field to build capacity for accessible and inclusive evaluation.  Several terms tend to …

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APC TIG Week: Navigating Uncharted Waters: Design, Monitoring and Evaluation of Policy Influence Campaigns with Marc Brown

Greetings from my nation’s capital – Ottawa, eh! My name is Marc Brown and I’m the Design, Monitoring & Evaluation (DME) manager for our government policy influence campaigns at World Vision Canada.  WVC has spent the past 15 years engaging government stakeholders directly in policy creation and implementation which impacts the well-being of the most …

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APC TIG Week: Applying APC Evaluation Practice to Theory by Annette Gardner and Claire Brindis

We are Annette Gardner and Claire Brindis, both at the Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies at the University of California, San Francisco and authors of the recent book, Advocacy and Policy Change Evaluation: Theory and Practice. There is a growing body of resources on linking theory to advocacy and policy change evaluation …

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APC TIG Week: Using Contribution Analysis to Explore Potential Causal Linkages in Advocacy and Policy Change by Robin Kane, Carlisle Levine, Carlyn Orians, and Claire Reinelt

Hello! We are Robin Kane of RK Evaluation and Strategies, Carlisle Levine of BLE Solutions, LLC, Carlyn Orians of ORS Impact, and Claire Reinelt, independent evaluation consultant. We offer evaluation, applied research and technology services to help organizations increase their effectiveness and contribute to better outcomes. In our advocacy and policy change evaluation work, we …

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APC TIG Week: Using public data to measure outcomes for vulnerable populations: Lessons learned with Heather Krause

My name is Heather Krause.  As a data scientist for the Ontario Syrian Refugee Resettlement Secretariat, part of my job is to design ways to harness data to measure how successfully refugee resettlement is going, as well as what programs and services are working well and which ones have gaps. Using data to advocate for …

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APC TIG Week: Let’s Get Political with Julia Coffman

My name is Julia Coffman, and I am director of the Center for Evaluation Innovation, where we are building the field of evaluation in areas that are challenging to assess, including advocacy and policy change. These are complex political times. Advocates are facing new challenges as they grapple with unpredictable developments that create political dysfunction …

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APC TIG Week: Evaluating in dynamic, uncertain political environments with Jewlya Lynn

Welcome to the Advocacy and Policy Change (APC) TIG week!  I’m Jewlya Lynn, the CEO at Spark Policy Institute. I am excited to kick-off the week in this year of political uncertainty and dynamic change. Our blog posts will explore timely, relevant insights regarding evaluation’s role in advocacy work around the world. Change is inevitable …

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APC TIG Week: Anne Gienapp and Sarah Stachowiak on Three Rad Resources that illustrate the growth of the field

We are Anne Gienapp and Sarah Stachowiak from ORS Impact, a consulting firm that helps organizations use data and evaluation to strengthen their impact, especially in hard-to-measure systems change efforts. Ten years ago, when the field of advocacy and policy change was first coalescing, a number of excellent field building publications helped make the case …

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