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Healthcare Reform and its Champions

December 3, 2010  • Paul L. Sparks

Big Bucks for Healthcare Reform Advocacy: Worth it?
The Atlantic Philanthropies gave the largest grant on record for an advocacy campaign—to Health Care for America Now! to help pass healthcare reform. And naturally they wanted toevaluate its effectiveness. Ben Smith of Politico writes that, “their big investment in an independent liberal advocacy group could provide a blueprint for other organizations going forward.” Your pals at Aspen/CPSS are nonpartisan and non-ideological, so no endorsement here. Just sayin’.  

Champions for Public Health
FHI just released a new publication on engaging “champions” on public health policy reform. The 4-page brief, Engaging Innovative Advocates as Public Health Champions, describes the value of this approach to advocacy. We here at APEP/CPSS know the value of champions and the benefit of tracking their activities well. (To learn more about our approach to defining champions, see the NEXT item!)

The next installment of our Advocacy Evaluation Breakfast series!
Come by our offices at The Aspen Institute (One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 700) on Friday, December 10th from 8:30 to 9:45 (RSVP required).  We will be serving up delicious ideas and confectionaries to match, with thanks to our co-sponsor for this meeting: The Center for Evaluation Innovation.