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New book: Advocacy and Policy Change Evaluation: Theory and Practice

advocacy_eval_book Another great new book  – this is the first ever book that looks in-depth at concepts, design, tools and methods to conduct advocacy and policy change evaluation – with plenty of practical examples and case studies. I also happy to report that I provided input for one of the case studies which is on an evaluation I carried out on Oxfam’s GROW campaign.
Learn more about the book>>

May 4, 2017 at 11:53 am 1 comment

Short Course on M&E and policy influence: are results worth the effort?

Here is an interesting short course from 5-21 April 2016 that can be taken online:

“Short Course on Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning about policy influence: are results worth the effort?”

Presented by On Think Tanks, the course is for individuals and members of think tanks and other policy research organisations who are looking for viable and innovative ways to assess how their own research influences policy-making.

The course helps those looking to:

-Better reflect and enhance the impact of research in pub­lic policy,
-Satisfy their (and their donors’) interests in enhancing the uptake of research in policy,
-Build their reputation and visibility and attract more and better support to their work,
-Organise what they are already doing so that it can be useful for Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning purposes -and let go of processes that may not be useful.

Further information and registration>>

 

March 21, 2016 at 8:28 am Leave a comment

Evaluating global campaigning – example of HLP advocacy

From evaluating global campaigns and advocacy projects we naturally learn a lot about the challenges and obstacles faced at this level.

I recently carried out an evaluation for  Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) on their programme-based advocacy initiative on housing, land, and property (HLP) – the evaluation report is available online (pdf).

This was a very interesting project as it both aimed to bring about policy change at the local (national) and global levels to strengthen the HLP rights of displaced persons, some of the key learnings for global campaigns and advocacy that I’d highlight were as follows:

– the positive results seen in combining country and global level advocacy with country-level cases providing substantive evidence for the global advocacy;

– the importance of achieving change within the organisations carrying out the advocacy, particularly when they are carrying programmes in the given sector (in this case, assistance and support for displaced persons);

– the balance between going alone on or building broader alliances for advocacy initiatives;

– the need to follow up advocacy initiatives and treat advocacy not as “one-off” events or activities but as activities that will need to be monitored and supported until the given objectives are met.

The evaluation was carried out by Patricia Goldschmid and myself for Owl RE.

 

September 1, 2015 at 6:48 am Leave a comment

10 elements of success for advocacy

The US-based Media Impact Funders have produced a ten point list on elements of success for policy change (what I’ve labeled “advocacy”), as reproduced below in this post.

Although it is looking from a US perspective of influence on policy through advocacy, what struck me was that many of the points are relevant to advocacy done globally or in other countries/regions.  For example:

Point 1: Solutions – when evaluating advocacy initiatives and talking with policy-makers, a common complaint I have heard is that advocacy is not “solution focused”, i.e. it makes valid points about the given issues (that often policy-makers are also aware of) but don’t necessarily put forward possible solutions to these issues.

Point 3: Agility – the ability to be flexible is so important – to take advantage of opportunities that arise, that were not necessarily included in the original advocacy plan. That I saw recently in an evaluation I carried out for Oxfam on global development policy – where they had enough flexibility to move resources as the issues peaked and new opportunities emerged.

Point 5: Humanity – often advocacy focuses on the “facts” but what can also make an impact is the “human factor”. One effective example of this was in the creation of the Arms Trade Treaty where state representatives drafting the treaty were directly confronted by survivors of armed violence; certainly bringing a human face to the dry legalistic treaty process and language.

 

 

July 14, 2015 at 11:28 am 1 comment

Monitoring and Evaluating Advocacy toolkit

I recently came across this resource from UNICEF, which is their  guide to monitoring and evaluating advocacy (pdf).  It’s a companion to their larger advocacy toolkit (pdf).

It’s a very comprehensive guide and I’d add it to my previous list of best resources for advocacy evaluation>>

May 21, 2015 at 6:20 am Leave a comment

Two New Advocacy Evaluation Tools

Here are two new advocacy evaluation tools from the Center for Evaluation Innovation:

The Advocacy Strategy Framework (pdf): presents a simple one-page tool for thinking about theories of change that underlie policy advocacy strategies. Check out the “interim outcomes and indicators” on the last page – very good range of advocacy outcomes/indicators.

Four Tools for Assessing Grantee Contribution to Advocacy Efforts (pdf): offers funders practical guidance on how to assess a grantee’s contribution to advocacy outcomes.The four tools include:
1. A question bank
2. Structured grantee reporting
3. An external partner interview guide
4. Contribution analysis

 

April 1, 2015 at 4:49 pm 1 comment

advocacy evaluation – new methods

sankey_chartThe latest edition of Evaluation Connections (pdf), newsletter of the European Evaluation Society, has an interesting article “Advocacy evaluation: lessons from Brazil (and the internet)” by William N. Faulkner.

The article describes some new methods the evaluation team has used such as Sankey diagrams and mind mapping for qualitative analysis.

I’ve reproduced in this post, the Sankey diagram from the article, which shows the flow from “outputs” to “outcomes” for the advocacy – quite a good visualisation of the information.
View the article in this pdf, go to page 7>>

 

 

 

 

March 18, 2015 at 4:40 pm 1 comment

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