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We are always learning through our work, and we seek to accelerate change more broadly by sharing our frameworks, approaches, and lessons learned.

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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
2021

In 2018, the Organizational Effectiveness (OE) team at The David and Lucile Packard Foundation funded 10 organizations to explore ways to listen to or meaningfully engage the people and communities their work impacts and identify promising practices for how advocacy organizations can better listen to those at the heart of their work. ORS Impact worked to document learnings from these grants, including what it looks like and what it takes for advocacy organizations to meaningfully connect with the people their work impacts.

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Briefs / Reports
2021

Better understanding and measuring progress is an important part of strengthening narrative change strategies. This brief offers insights into some of the questions facing practitioners, funders, and others interested in measuring this kind of work: How do you lay the foundations for successful measurement? What short- and longer-term signals can you look for to indicate that things are moving in the right direction? And how can you understand the impact of narrative change efforts when they’re happening in complex, dynamic environments?

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Briefs / Reports
2020

This landscape was conducted on behalf of the Impact-Driven Philanthropy Collaborative. It is meant to provide the field with a snapshot of the organizations and offerings available to educate high-net-worth donors and the issues/trends facing organizations today.

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Briefs / Reports
2020

In this companion piece to “Not Always Movements: Multiple Strategies to Advance Large-Scale Social Change”, we dive a little deeper into building fields. We outline some key theories and frameworks that underlie this approach, outcomes to look for, considerations regarding equity, and guidance on measurement and learning along the way. It is intended as a bite-sized introduction to key concepts around field building, to support further exploration and engagement.

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