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Seeing the Forest (Beyond the Trees): Learning Across the Experiences of Seven Advocacy Evaluators

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Panel at the American Evaluation Association's annual conference in Washington, D.C.
October 19, 2013

by Johanna Morariu (Innovation Network), Jara Dean-Coffey (jdcPartnerships), Tom Kelly (Hawai`i Community Foundation), Claire Hutchings (Oxfam Great Britain), David Devlin-Foltz (The Aspen Institute), Robin Kane (RK Evaluation & Strategies LLC), Jared Raynor (TCC Group), and Anne Gienapp (Organizational Research Services)

Advocacy and policy change evaluation continues to evolve and mature--from a fledgling field a few years ago to the flourishing field of today. Evaluators are advancing as well, developing an increasingly robust collective understanding about what works for advocacy evaluation. In this session a diverse group of seven advocacy evaluators explored and synthesized observations drawn from an array of real-world experiences. Panelists spoke to targeted questions, weaving in their wealth of experience and examples. The conversation began with this question: "What have you learned from your advocacy evaluation experience?" From there, panelists delved into the range of cases they represent. The session identified commonalities among these cases as well as contradictions/inconsistencies to move toward a field-level understanding. Presenters also used graphic recording methods to organize and report out on session themes.

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Seeing the Forest (Beyond the Trees): Learning Across the Experiences of Seven Advocacy Evaluators

  1. 1. Seeing the Forest Beyond the Trees Learning Across the Experiences of Seven Advocacy Evaluators Jared Raynor, TCC Group Anne Gienapp, ORS Impact Claire Hutchings, Oxfam Great Britain Johanna Morariu, Innovation Network David Devlin-Foltz, The Aspen Institute Tom Kelly, Hawai`i Community Foundation Robin Kane, RK Evaluation & Strategies LLC Chair: Jara Dean-Coffey, jdcPartnerships Evaluation 2013 | American Evaluation Association | October 19, 2013 | Washington, D.C.
  2. 2. “Talk Show” session moderated by Jara Dean-Coffey With visual Recording by Katherine Athanasiades Photo credits: @InnoNet_Eval pic.twitter.com/fJJ3dHHF0k; @RefocusInstitut pic.twitter.com/xhRGEdjjhb
  3. 3. Being “ready” is something needed for any evaluation. Q: What are the most important things you learned about purpose/ readiness for engaging in advocacy evaluation?
  4. 4. There are a number of unique methods that have emerged to support advocacy evaluation. Q: What has proven to be the most effective methodology in your work?
  5. 5. Questions of rigor and level of evidence are often asked about advocacy evaluation. A related concept is contribution and attribution of wins. Q: How did you handle this? What has worked?
  6. 6. Completed Visual Recording Photo credits: @InnoNet_Eval pic.twitter.com/x9y5mYvxAm
  7. 7. Completed Visual Recording Photo credits: @rkaneDC pic.twitter.com/hpK7NLrqc7
  8. 8. Seeing the Forest Beyond the Trees Jared Raynor,TCC Group jraynor@tccgrp.com David Devlin-Foltz, The Aspen Institute david.devlin-foltz@aspeninst.org Anne Gienapp, ORS Impact agienapp@orsimpact.com Tom Kelly, Hawai`i Community Foundation tkelly@hcf-hawaii.org Claire Hutchings, Oxfam Great Britain Robin Kane, RK Evaluation & Strategies LLC CHutchings@Oxfam.org.uk Robin@rkevaluation.com Johanna Morariu, Innovation Network Chair: Jara Dean-Coffey, jdcPartnerships jmorariu@innonet.org jara@jdcpartnerships.com Visual Recorder: Kat Athanasiades, Innovation Network, kathanasiades@innonet.org

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