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When the Best Offense is a Good Defense


2019

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.

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Tools
2019

This worksheet from "When the Best Offense is a Good Defense" helps advocates take periodic stock of short-term policy goals and document progress, including when progress means maintaining a past win or defending against an unanticipated threat. Use this tool at two points in time: 1) when identifying policy-related goals in specific areas for an upcoming legislative session, and 2) when later reflecting and documenting progress on these policy goals, as well as additional, unplanned positive changes and disadvantageous policies that were avoided. This tool is meant to be modified to fit different contexts and serve as a starting point for discussing variations of advocacy work.  

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Briefs / Reports
2019

The Gates Foundation engaged ORS Impact (ORS) to develop a culturally relevant, methodologically rigorous tool to learn more about successful capacity building. The ORS team’s approach brought constituent needs and voice to the forefront throughout the process of tool development as well as its implementation. This brief shares the Gates Foundation’s tool, which can help advocates and foundations understand what constitutes strong advocacy and communications as well as opportunities to build capacity. The tool can also help organizations and foundations understand how advocacy and communications capacity is changing over time.

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Briefs / Reports
2019

Narrative change is a complex, long-term and culturally embedded strategy for driving social change, involving many different actors and activities over time. This poses challenges for measuring progress and impact. In this guide, we compiled frameworks, resources, and tools to help users conceptualize and evaluate progress toward narrative change. This is v1.0. Look for the next version in Spring of 2021.

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Briefs / Reports
2019

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.

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