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  1. The Art of Assessing the Impact of Advocacy Work

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    Overview
    2002

    This paper explores the complex and changing nature of advocacy work, arguing that in many cases standardized forms of Monitoring & Evaluation/ Impact Analysis (M&E/IA) are likely to be inappropriate, as they will probably provide misleading information, and may create incentives that undermine joint action.

  2. The Center for Evaluation Innovation

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    The Center for Evaluation Innovation focuses on expanding evaluation practice in new directions and into new arenas. They specialize in fields that are hard to measure, like advocacycommunications, and systems change. In the area of advocacy evaluation, the Center is helping to advance this emerging field through working with many pioneering and creative advocates, evaluators, and funders committed to growing it through collaboration.

  3. Issues in assessing the policy influence of research

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    This paper presents a methodology for assessing the influence of research on public policy. The article reviews the origins of the methodology, outlines it in depth, and explores the outcomes after implementation. It concludes with issues in the revision of the methodology. 

  4. Handbook on monitoring, evaluating and managing knowledge for policy influence

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    Guide
    2011

    This handbook from the Center for the Implementation of Public Policies Promoting Equity and Growth (CIPPEC) is designed to support research institutions develop monitoring and evaluation and knowledge management systems in order to improve their performance.

  5. Assessing the impact of research on policy

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    2008

    The authors of this review analyse various evaluation options (including ethnographic and quantitative approaches, focus groups, process tracing, and network mapping and analysis) in order to find out which ones are the most suitable to evaluate the impact of research on policy change. 

  6. Advocacy Impact Evaluation

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    Example

    This paper from Michael Quinn Patton presents a retrospective case study in which the  the potential influence of judicial advocacy efforts targeted at the Supreme Court is assessed.

  7. Overview of Current Advocacy Evaluation Practice

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    Overview
    2009

    This paper from the Center for Evaluation Innovation provides a detailed overview of the area of advocacy evaluation with a focus on the kind of approaches being used.

  8. Advocacy Planning and Evaluation Program Tools

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    The Advocacy Planning and Evaluation Program (APEP) provides a range of free online Continuous Progress Tools to support advocacy evaluation.. 

  9. The Elusive Craft of Evaluating Advocacy

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    Overview
    2011

    This article describes the challenges of evaluating advocacy organizations and outlines possible approaches that donors might use. The authors believe that nothing big happens without advocacy understood as concerted efforts to direct public policy (or in some cases, private or corporate decisions) toward socially useful ends. Advocacy includes every form of research, activist journalism, persuasion, coalition-building, and public relations, as well as lobbying and political activity.

  10. Green Media Toolshed

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    Green Media Toolshed is a website that aims to provide tools and training to improve the effectiveness of 'green' messages' to the public from environmental movements

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