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Advocacy Evaluation: Techniques to learn from & improve your advocacy work

  • Open Gov Hub 1110 Vermont Avenue Northwest Suite 500 Washington, DC, 20005 United States (map)

Join us as we hear from Innovation Network, an evaluation and research consulting firm that specializes in advocacy and public policy evaluation and maintains a diverse client portfolio in the areas of health and health equity, social justice, and theory of change and evaluation planning. Using cases from their work, they will share an overview of how advocacy evaluation is used within the nonprofit sector, introduce some key tools—along with their strengths and limitations—and open a discussion about how these tools and strategies may be used in different contexts.

Some questions that will be addressed:

  • How do you envision evaluation supporting your organization’s advocacy efforts? How has your organization used evaluation in the past? What types of questions have you answered through these evaluations?
  • What are some challenges that you have experienced with “traditional” evaluation that you’re hoping to mitigate with different tools and tactics?

Deborah Grodzicki, PhD, is Associate Director of Innovation Network and has a background in organizational behavior, social research methodology, and education. Debbie leads and supports multiple advocacy evaluation and research projects, fostering committed and learning-focused relationships with partners.

Laura Lehman, MPA, is an Associate at Innovation Network and works on a variety of evaluation, research, and capacity building projects. Prior to joining the organization, she spent several years working on the ground in communities, as a youth organizer in DC, a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Dominican Republic, and a teacher of out of school youth in Philadelphia.

Debbie and Laura bring together perspectives from academic methodology and community-level experience to work with social sector organizations to improve their program design, implementation, and impact.