"A User's Guide to Advocacy Evaluation Planning" Released by Harvard Family Research Project

The Harvard Family Research Project has just released A User's Guide to Advocacy Evaluation Planning, a tool developed for advocates, evaluators, and funders who want guidance on how to evaluate advocacy and policy change efforts. The User's Guide takes you through four basic steps that generate the core elements of an advocacy evaluation plan, including what will be measured and how.

This tool will help you:

Oct 29: DC Voting Rights - A Funders’ Briefing on the Impact of Voting Rights in Congress for DC Residents

Nearly 600,000 Washington, DC, residents pay federal taxes, fight in wars and serve on juries, yet have no vote in Congress. Because of the hard work of DC Vote and 85 local and national coalition partners, DC is at the precipice of achieving full voting rights in the House of Representatives. In order to end taxation without representation, a national strategy and action plan is necessary because Congress – with no full voting representative from DC – has the power to grant DC voting more >>

Oct 28: "Openness or Secrecy in Government: What Now?" briefing presented by Philanthropy NY Members

The 2008 elections brought a surge of enthusiasm and interest in government. The new Administration has made a public commitment to openness and transparency, and has taken important steps in that direction, particularly in the disclosure of data and in engagement of the public in discussing policy formation. At the same time as there are new opportunities, there is much to be undone. This undoing is happening rapidly in some areas and much more slowly (if at all) in more >>

New Research Tracks Impact of Investment from Foundations in Advocacy and Organizing in Minnesota's Communities

September 30, 2009

When foundations and other donors in Minnesota provided funding to 15 nonprofits to bring about systemic, long-term change, Minnesota's citizens and communities benefited from a return on that investment of $138 for every dollar more >>

Oct 15: League of Conservation Voters Education Fund briefing on their '08 Nonpartisan Civic Engagement Activities

On Thursday October 15, 2009, please join Allison Barlow, FCCP Co-Chair, and other interested funders for a short New York City briefing by the League of Conservation Voters Education Fund (LCVEF) on their nonpartisan civic engagement activities in 2008.

LCVEF activities included vote-by-mail, new models to encourage down-ballot voting and innovative voter file work. This session should offer some interesting success stories as well as lessons and insights for 2010. read more >>

Pew Report finds Internet gives people hope that they can influence politics

When it comes to online activities such as contributing money, contacting a government official or signing an online petition, the wealthy and well-educated continue to lead the way.

Still, there are hints that the new forms of civic engagement anchored in blogs and social networking sites could alter long-standing patterns. Some 19% of internet users have posted material online about political or social issues or used a social networking site for some form of civic or political engagement. And this group of activists is disproportionately more >>

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