Measuring the impact of grant-maker dollars on large-scale social change is difficult at best. Casey commissioned this guide to facilitate that effort. Welcome to a new field of evaluation: gauging investment impact within advocacy and public policy work. A Handbook of Data Collection Tools: Companion to A Guide to Measuring Advocacy and Policy is also available.
How evaluation fits in the world of advocacy and policy.
The context and challenges of measuring advocacy and public policy.
How to develop a theory of change.
How to establish outcomes for measurement.
Why it’s important to advance the field of policy evaluation.
Evaluation helps identify and measure goals and outcomes.
Findings & Stats
This fledgling frontier in evaluation establishes a standard language and measurement framework.
Complex challenges abound as contexts and players are always changing.
Every foundation shares the desire that its grant making nurture strong results.
The field is relatively new, and, as stated in a recent report by Blueprint Research and Design,there are no standards of practice, acknowledged best practices, nor commonly used methods or tools.
Statements & Quotations
As more foundations and non-profits have engaged in advocacy and policy work to addresspublic issues and effect social change, there is a growing desire to gauge the impact ofinvestments in this area. How to evaluate the effectiveness of advocacy and policy work is an emerging question of interest within the philanthropic and non-profit audiences.
Policy evaluation does not yet have a consistent language or the commonly accepted standards of practice that have developed alongside program evaluation over the past two decades. Further, only a small handful of examples exist to illustrate how evaluation of advocacy and policy work has been undertaken in the real world. This guide offers a wide range of approaches to evaluation that are highly accessible and practical.