This toolkit from Learning for Action (LFA) is designed to support the evaluation of advocacy campaigns and initiatives. The resource provides both detailed guidance and a range of tools for articulating and measuring advocacy outcomes. It outlines the evaluation process from the prioritisation of evaluation questions through to the integration of reflection into an advocacy evaluation.
This guide, written by Louisa Gosling and David Cohen for the International Save the Children Alliance, is designed to support organisations to run training workshops that will enable them to carry out advocacy work. The guide consists of two different resources, a facilitator's manual and a participants manual. It provides a range of practical and theory based exercises that allow the user to identify their specific needs and apply them to develop an advocacy strategy that suits their particular context.
This toolkit from the Catholic Agency for Overseas Development (CAFOD), Christian Aid and Trócaire is aimed at providing the tools necessary to gather evidence about government policies in order to press for change. The tools are arranged under five categories of evidence that can be gathered about government policies. The final section of the toolkit provides advice on using the evidence to advocate for change.
This series of papers was published as a sponsored supplement of the Stanford Social Innovation Review for the Aspen Institute Program on Philanthropy and Social Innovation. The supplement six separate articles focused on the how the philanthropic sector has readily embraced the need to improve measurement and review of its work.
BetterEvaluation Discussion Paper 1 is a thought piece written by Rhonda Schlangen and Jim Coe (independent consultants), members of the BetterEvaluation Community, and is intended to promote discussion. See the associated blog where you can post or view comments and responses, or listen to the Advocacy Iceberg podcast to hear Jim and Rhonda discuss this paper's themes.
The paper looks at how concepts of 'value' and 'results' are being applied to advocacy and campaigning and presents some alternative strategies for assessing advocacy.
This guide, written by Sharon D’Onofrio for the SEEP Network, provides support for microfinance associations to build capacity and become advocates for the sector. The guide outlines a range of practical tools, examples, and lessons learned that can be used to support the planning and execution of capacity development and advocacy campaigns.
The pilot episode of this new podcast by Jim Coe features an interview with Rhonda Schlangen, co author with Jim of The Value Iceberg, a BetterEvaluation Discussion Paper about how the important elements of advocacy tend to be intangible, under the surface, difficult to see, and how this affects how advocacy is seen and valued.
The Public Impact Fundamentals are a framework developed by the Centre for Public Impact to assess what makes a successful policy outcome and describe what can be done to maximise the chances of achieving public impact. The Fundamentals are complemented by the Centre's Public Impact Observatory - a library of hundreds of public policy case studies that have been analysed using the Fundamentals.
ANZSOG's peer-reviewed journal, Evidence Base, publishes reviews of the evidence informing decision-making in specific policy areas. The focus of these reviews is to determine ‘what works?’, based on the evidence. This journal was designed for public sector decision-makers and aims to be a ‘broker’ between the public sector, academics and other policy specialists.
This working paper forms part of the International Livestock Research Institute’s (ILRI’s) and Overseas Development Institute’s (ODI’s) ‘Process and Partnership for Pro-poor Policy Change’, which seeks to identify and institutionalize innovative research and development mechanisms and approaches that lead to pro-poor policy.