Nonprofit Organizations

Assessing Advocacy Efforts through the Kaleidoscope of Politics and Policy Change

January 29, 2016  • Aspen Planning and Evaluation Program

As part of their work to support advocacy strategy development and implementation, evaluators need to maintain a sophisticated understanding of current politics and how they affect the policy change process. Our theories of how policy change occurs need to account for how the political context has shifted over time. For example, they should take into account the hyper-partisanship that created much dysfunction in Washington, D.C. and in many state legislatures, or the profound shifts in media coverage of American politics.

Daniel Stid, Director of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation’s Madison Initiative, which aims to improve the ability of Congress to deliberate, negotiate and compromise, will share insights about these changing political dynamics and their implications for policy change strategy and evaluation.

David Devlin-Foltz, Director of the Aspen Planning and Evaluation Program
Daniel Stid, Director, The Madison Initiative, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
Julia Coffman, Director, Center for Evaluation Innovation.