Our Knowledge, Resources & Publications

We are always learning through our work, and we seek to accelerate change more broadly by sharing our frameworks, approaches, and lessons learned.

Feature Report

Measuring Political Will


2016

A win often means getting the support of elected officials, and the Policymaker Rating method was designed to measure just that. This brief shares scenarios where this method was applied and modified to show what has worked (and what utterly failed).

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Frameworks
2007

In the mid-2000s, funders and advocates began to wrestle with the thorny challenge of meaningfully measuring the results of policy-related work. There was hunger to go beyond counting advocates’ activities—easy to do, but hard to interpret.This guide lays out a framework for naming outcomes associated with advocacy and policy work and provides guidance on how to think about evaluation design. Excerpts from this guide have reached international audiences, including a translation to French and publication in the journal Echos du Cote and a Russian translation.

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Articles
2007

As part of a “Hard to Measure” series, the Evaluation Exchange produced a Spring 2007 issue focused on Advocacy and Policy Change Evaluation. Featuring sample evaluations, promising practices, new tools, and other resources, its 18 articles continue to provide useful resources to the field.

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Briefs / Reports
2004

Case Study: United Nations

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How-Tos
2000

This “classic” from ORS Impact provides relevant guidance for organizations getting started on outcome planning and evaluation, clarifying how to create meaningful outcomes, logic models, indicators and basic evaluation plans

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