ERIC Number: ED495933
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Reference Count: N/A
The Evaluation Exchange. Volume 13, Number 1, Spring 2007
DeDeo, Carrie-Anne, Ed.
Harvard Family Research Project
This issue of "The Evaluation Exchange" describes new developments in evaluating advocacy and policy change efforts that attempt to inform or influence public policy at the local, state, or federal levels. Heather B. Weiss introduces the themes in this issue in "From the Director's Desk," examining how evaluation of advocacy differs from evaluation of other programs and services. There are eighteen articles herein: (1) "What's Different About Evaluating Advocacy and Policy Change?" (Julia Coffman) describes four ways evaluators may need to adjust their approaches when evaluating advocacy and policy change. (2) "Strategies for Assessing Policy Change Efforts: A Prospective Approach" (Justin Louie and Kendall Guthrie) outline the steps for advocacy and policy change evaluators to follow in using a prospective approach to evaluation. (3) "Evaluation Based on Theories of the Policy Process" explains how it helps to ground evaluation in theories of the policy process. (4) "Working With Logic Models to Evaluate a Policy and Advocacy Program" describes how he Institute for Health Policy Studies at the University of California used both macro-level and individual grantee logic models to drive the evaluation design of the Clinic Consortia Policy and Advocacy Program. (5) "Necessity Leads to Innovative Evaluation Approach and Practice" describes how the Innovation Network's methodological innovation -- the intense period debrief -- is used to engage advocates in evaluative inquiry shortly after a policy window or intense period of action. (6) In "Pioneers in the Field: Four Foundations on Advocacy Evaluation," representatives from four foundations discuss their expectations and approaches for assessing their advocacy and public policy grantmaking. (7) In "Evaluation and InterAction," Ken Giunta and Todd Shelton of InterAction answer HFRP's questions about their approaches and ideas on evaluating advocacy. (8) What Does Monitoring and Evaluation Look Like for Real-Life Advocates?" (Stephanie Schaefer) describes how the nonprofit Fight Crime: Invest in Kids organization uses evaluation to inform their advocacy and demonstrate their impact. (9) In "A Conversation with Kay Monaco," this former former executive director of New Mexico Voices for Children, discusses the role that evaluation plays in her organization's efforts to change public policy. (10) "Evaluating Nonprofit Advocacy Simply: An Oxymoron?" (Marcia Egbert and Susan Hoechstetter ) offers nine principles to guide advocacy evaluation, based on a recent and groundbreaking Alliance for Justice tool on this topic. (11) "Continuous Progress: Better Advocacy Through Evaluation" (Edith Asibey and David Devlin-Foltz) describes the new Continuous Progress website, which helps advocates and grantmakers collaboratively plan and evaluate advocacy efforts. (12) In "A Guide to Measuring Advocacy and Policy," Organizational Research Services identifies outcomes associated with advocacy and policy work based on its new resource, A Guide to Measuring Advocacy and Policy. (13) "Using and Evaluating Social Media for Social Change" (Allison H. Fine) discusses her 2006 book, "Momentum: Igniting Social Change in the Connected Age," and its chapter about evaluation. (14) "The eNonprofit Benchmarks Study: Diving Into Email Metrics" (Karen Matheson) describes a recent study that helps nonprofits measure and interpret their online advocacy and fundraising success. (15) "Constituency Building and Policy Work: Three Paradigms" (Janice Hirota and Robin Jacobowitz) describes three paradigms that show how constituency building and policy change efforts can work together to achieve sustainable and systemic reform. (16) "An Emerging Framework for Assessing Nonprofit Networks" (Madeleine Taylor and Peter Pastrik) offers guidelines on how to evaluate nonprofit networks that are used to achieve social change goals. (17) "Evaluating an Issue's Position on the Policy Agenda: The Bellwether Methodology:" Policy issues need both visibility and momentum to be transformed into political action. Harvard Family Research Project's bellwether methodology helps evaluators assess if both characteristics are emerging. (18) "Evaluating Advocates' Spheres of Influence With Domain Leaders:" The evaluation of the Center for Tobacco-Free Kids gathered data from a wide range of audiences that the advocacy organization targets in order to influence public policy. This issue closes with "New & Noteworthy," a section featuring an annotated list of papers, organizations, initiatives, and other resources related to this issue's theme. It also contains "End Notes" in which key observations raised in this issue are summarized. [Additional funding for this issue was provided by the Marguerite Casey Foundation.]
Descriptors: Social Change, Public Policy, Logical Thinking, Interaction, Evaluators, Evaluation Methods, Nonprofit Organizations, Advocacy, Theories, Models, Philanthropic Foundations, Grants, Web Sites, Program Evaluation, Program Improvement, Guides, Information Technology, Fund Raising, Political Issues, Preschool Education, Elementary Secondary Education
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Publication Type: Collected Works - Serial; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Elementary Secondary Education; Preschool Education
Sponsor: California Endowment, Woodland Hills.; Annie E. Casey Foundation, Baltimore, MD.; Atlantic Philanthropies; Kellogg Foundation, Battle Creek, MI.; Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, Flint, MI.
Authoring Institution: Harvard Family Research Project, Cambridge, MA.
Identifiers - Location: New Mexico