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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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Briefs / Reports
2009

The idea of collecting practical data that can be put to immediate use holds promise for advocates, who must be nimble and adaptive in their work.

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Frameworks
2007

This short piece from the Evaluation Exchange gives a high-level overview of meaningful outcome categories to help advocates, evaluators and funders agree on relevant changes arising from policy work and provides sample outcomes to aid in measurement.

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Tools
2007

This collection of tools helps operationalize how advocates can measure core outcome areas identified in “A Guide to Measuring Advocacy and Policy.” This resource provides 27 sample tools and methodologies

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Frameworks
2007

In the mid-2000s, funders and advocates began to wrestle with the thorny challenge of meaningfully measuring the results of policy-related work. There was hunger to go beyond counting advocates’ activities—easy to do, but hard to interpret.This guide lays out a framework for naming outcomes associated with advocacy and policy work and provides guidance on how to think about evaluation design. Excerpts from this guide have reached international audiences, including a translation to French and publication in the journal Echos du Cote and a Russian translation.

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