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New Report: Not Always Movements

In the brief, we compare and contrast the underlying assumptions, theories of change, and outcomes of three distinct social change approaches that are often conflated with movements: field building, network development, and promoting the uptake of practices by large numbers of organizations.

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Solidarity & Commitment to Action: Black Lives Matter and ORS Impact

George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Tony McDade, David McAtee.   These people are among the many who should be alive and well within their communities right now. Violence against Black communities is not new; it has been cultivated and enabled for centuries by the actions and inactions of White people. White supremacy, which is embedded in our culture and systems, favors Whiteness over the lives, well-being, and protection of Black people. We are not immune in the...

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Dispatch from Seattle

A message from our CEO, Sarah Stachowiak:   Hello, friends— What a crazy few weeks it has been. On March 2 nd we knew there were diagnosed cases of the novel coronavirus (covid-19) in our county. On March 6 th we started working home for one week, out of an “abundance of caution.”  By March 14 th we knew we’d be working remotely through April 24 th – at least. While we continue advancing our work from home, we have reckoned with the fact that we...

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4 Recommendations for Evaluators Working on the Defense

Whether "maintaining a win," "killing a bill," or simply, "stopping bad stuff from happening," the field has long acknowledged  a unique aspect of advocacy: defense is as important as policy wins.   Yet, despite  acknowledging that defensive advocacy matters, th e development of defense-specific approaches has lagged behind other advocacy and policy change evaluation developments.  In our brief, “ When  the Best Offense is a Good Defense:...

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MLE Lab Check-In: Strengthening Organizational Practice

On April 30, we held a final virtual check-in with last year’s participants. As they shared their experiences over the past six months, we were reminded of the value of the tools shared during the retreat and the power of peer learning. Here are a few of the insights they shared.

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New Brief: Defensive Advocacy

We talked to advocates and funders to better understand how they think about advocacy on the defense. We wanted to understand whether it was a distinct category of work and the degree to which there were useful frameworks and tools for evaluating it.  The findings are captured in our new brief, “ When the Best Offense is a Good Defense: Understanding and Measuring Advocacy on the Defense. ” Watch the video below to learn more:  

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MLE Lab Case Study: American Forest Foundation

Every year, ORS Impact engages organizational teams who are looking to improve and align their measurement, learning, and evaluation (MLE) skills and thinking through our  MLE Lab . Over six months, teams participate in a unique consultative experience that blends in-person retreat time, guidance from expert coaches, opportunities for peer learning, and a curated toolkit of techniques and frameworks. As we look forward to our 5 th  MLE Lab, we decided to check back in with...

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Join Us September 24-26 in Atlanta for MLE Lab 2019!

We're taking MLE Lab to Atlanta this year! Learn how developing your measurement, learning, and evaluation (MLE) can help your teams sharpen their thinking, increase their alignment, and stay focused on what’s most important to know. We believe in the power of data and continuous improvement, and we are excited to offer our 5th annual crash course and ongoing coaching opportunity starting September 2019.

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"MLE is Always in the Back of My Mind Now": ProInspire's Equity in the Center Team Tells Us About Their MLE Lab Experience

Every year, ORS Impact engages organizational teams who are looking to improve and align their measurement, learning, and evaluation (MLE) skills and thinking through our MLE Lab. Over six-months, teams participate in a unique consultative experience that blends in-person retreat time for organizational teams, guidance from expert coaches, opportunities for peer learning, and a curated toolkit of techniques and frameworks. As we look forward to our 4th MLE Lab and near the end of our time with our 3rd MLE Lab cohort, we decided to check back in with participants to learn about their experience. This is what we heard from ProInspire's Equity in the Center team, participants in our last MLE Lab.

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When Collective Impact Has Impact: A Cross-Site Study of 25 Collective Impact Initiatives

We at ORS Impact and Spark Policy Institute are excited to release the findings of a ground-breaking study in partnership with 25 collective impact sites in the US and Canada as part of the Collective Impact Research Study. Through the study, we sought to generate answers to these questions in the field about how collective impact contributes to systems and social impact, and how it is implemented across a broad range of communities and topic areas.

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