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Advocacy Evaluation Webitute/Maximize Investments/Mind the Gap Conference

April 15, 2011

Twenty Minutes of Advocacy Evaluation Webitude = Time Well Spent
Last week, our David Devlin-Foltz was featured in a coffee break webinar presented by the American Evaluation Association.  The presentation on the New and Improved Advocacy Progress Planner shared ways that advocacy groups and funders can track meaningful progress toward policy change.  The webinar is free with AEA membership and if you aren’t yet part of  AEA’s Advocacy and Policy Change Topical Interest Group …well, you just should be!

Maximize Investments by Funding…(drum roll)….Advocacy!
Ashley Allen conveys an essential message to philanthropists in a new Investing for Impact series of the Foundation Center’s Philanthropy News Digest.  We (and we’re sure many advocates) find ourselves frequently advocating for advocacy in particular to foundations and philanthropies.  When campaigns are successful (as are the Malaria and AIDS campaigns referenced in this piece) foundations might be more likely to consider the value of investing in advocacy efforts.

The Mind the Gap Conference on Impact Evaluation
The Mind the Gap conference on impact evaluation will address such pertinent questions as: is there real evidence to show which programs work and are government policies based on these programs?  Hundreds of researchers, policy makers, program managers, and evaluators will gather in Cuernavaca, Mexico, June 15-17 this year to learn how to influence policy and turn research into action.  Deadline to apply is TODAY!