For groups involved in advocacy and policy change work, this document presents 10 considerations on how to include evaluation in their everyday work. The tips include the theoretical steps to take in evaluating advocate and policy work, and how to apply this framework to their daily work. It was written for KIDS COUNT grantees and other policy advocates. 

January 28, 2009

In This Report, You’ll Learn

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    Why evaluation is important in policy change and advocacy work.

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    What advocacy self-evaluation looks like from 5 KIDS COUNT grantee perspectives.

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    Ten considerations to apply to real advocacy evaluation work.

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    How to create and apply a theory of change.

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    How to meet funder expectations about policy achievements.

Key Takeaway

Policy Evaluation work typically happens in stages

Policy advocacy evaluation work will often happen in stages or sequences, with some activities happening ahead of others. It is important to consider when strategies will be occurring to make good decisions about what data to collect, when that information would be available and when it is best to collect. It is also important to be realistic about the likely timeframes for achievement of certain outcomes.

Findings & Stats

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