Resources I’ve developed

Tools and resources that I have developed for measurement and evaluation of community organizing and policy-change advocacy

Aligned MLE: A New Way to Measure Social Change Impact

What if measurement, learning and evaluation were highly responsive to what the program and organization needed to know? We believe this is possible. We’re calling it “Aligned MLE.”


Sample Outcomes for Advocacy & Organizing-Mobilizing

How do you know that your organizing or advocacy work is making headway toward your policy change goals? This resource lists short-term and medium-term benchmarks for measuring your progress.


Questions to Ask your Communications Consultant

Have you surveyed your community about their public policy preferences, or developed a needs assessment? A report based on this analysis can position your group as a go-to expert with media, policymakers, and colleagues in the field. But many base-building or community organizations don’t have enough communications staffing in-house to ensure a robust launch of a findings report. If you’re securing outside help to maximize your report’s impact, this tool can help.


Power Building Activities and Outcomes

When we say that communities are “building power,” what does that mean? What activities are they using? How can organizers and activists tell that they are making progress? This resource describes some common power building tactics, and outcomes that communities may achieve as a result. It also sites resources for those who want to learn more.


Collaboration Reflection Tool

Successful advocacy requires collaboration. But organizations have many demands on their limited “partnership” time. This is a simple tool for advocacy organizations to assess how well their current collaborations are serving their strategic goals, and to lay the groundwork for investigating new partnerships.


The RFP Decision Matrix

Consultants often secure assignments through a Request for Proposals (RFP) process. But creating a strong RFP response requires time and creative effort. How best to decide the cost/benefit of a potential RFP response? The RFP Decision Matrix is a tool to help consultants make this decision more confidently.


Learn More from Training Surveys: Try this Survey Model

For social change organizations, a good post-training survey can produce more information than simply “how much did you like this?” It can also help you know if your training is contributing to the change you’re trying to create. This resource is a template for improving your post-training surveys.


New to Measurement and Learning for Social Change? Start with this Simple Tool

Social change organizations that want to improve their work through measurement and learning can find learning activities difficult to fit into their schedules. This resource provides a tool for teams to effectively learn from their activities with only a modest time investment.


Write a Better Concept Paper: Or, What Your Concept Paper Can Learn From Movie Trailers

A concept paper is an “invitation” to prospective funders or allies to learn more about your project and partner with you in achieving its goals. A movie trailer is an invitation, too: a kind that gets a lot of attention. This brief guide to the elements of a strong concept paper uses movie trailers to show how you can make your paper more compelling.


Measurement & Evaluation Approaches for Impact Litigation

Impact litigation can support policy change work in the legislature and city hall, in addition to making gains in the courtroom. This short primer discusses measurement of litigation-related advocacy outcomes and how litigation is conducted.


Tools and resources for advocacy-policy change evaluation and measurement that I regularly use and recommend to others

A foundational paper by TCC Group on the key capacities that effective advocacy organizations need, and how to measure them.

TCC Group (2009). What Makes an Effective Advocacy Organization: A Framework for Determining Advocacy Capacity.

How do you define an organizing or advocacy “field,” and how do you measure it? An important resource by Dr. Jewlya Lynn, published by Center for Evaluation Innovation.

Center for Evaluation Innovation (2014). Assessing and Evaluating Change in Advocacy Fields.

Power is the essential foundation of advocacy-policy change. This rubric by Innovation Network succinctly describes ways to assess power-building by social movements.

Innovation Network, Social Movement Theory of Change and Power Indicators

Drafting an RFP for evaluation services? This Public Profit guide is essential reading.

Public Profit RFP Guide