|Organizing for Impact|
European countries have very diverse traditions in philanthropy, and many foundations not only fund advocacy but directly influence policy agendas through their operational programmes. This guide explores how foundations do so through interactions with local and national governments as well as the European institutions.
Grantmakers tend to be cautious about funding advocacy, yet it can play a crucial role in advancing a foundation's mission. In this guide, contributors explain that advocacy creates many opportunities to improve public policy through work that is well within the limits of the law. The guide offers resources and strategies for planning your work, reaching your audience, assessing impact, and more.
A good communications strategy can amplify a grantee's program and message in critical ways. Contributors to this guide – grantmakers, grantees, and communications professionals – share strategies that can help you add a communications dimension to your grantmaking.
Foundations in Europe can play a much larger role in improving the position of women and girls. This guide reflects on how gender considerations are being addressed in European foundation programmes, processes, and procedures, and it provides a wealth of practical examples and recommendations to inspire other foundations to do so.
In this guide, grantmakers and grantees describe the experience of using a "gender lens" in their work. They explain what gender analysis is and isn't – and how it can help shape more effective programs and organizations. The guide also takes a closer look at how gender analysis has led to new thinking in fields as diverse as public health, international development, juvenile justice, and youth services.
A commitment to racial equity can sharpen your work at every stage. Blending experience and candid advice, this guide explores ways to use a racial equity lens to analyze problems, understand a field or community, and shape a new program. Contributors also share lessons about working with grantees and collaborating with colleagues to address racial and ethnic disparities.
"What are we doing, and why do we think it's going to make a difference? Are we being effective?" Grantmakers ask evaluation questions like these of their grantees and themselves. This brief guide explains why grantmakers use theories of change to guide their questioning, unearth assumptions that underlie their work, establish common language, and develop strong action plans.
Ethnography is a powerful way to step inside the culture of an organization or community, hear ongoing feedback from multiple points of view, and understand a program's real impact. In this guide, learn about ethnography's benefits and pitfalls, and see how grantmakers use the method to document, evaluate and improve approaches to youth engagement, HIV education, and neighborhood policing.
Many grantmakers champion the idea of using evaluation to improve grantee effectiveness or advance a field of practice. This guide explores an increasingly popular method called "collaborative inquiry." Grantmakers define the practice, consider potential benefits, and grapple with common challenges.
There is an ongoing debate about whether or not an outcome-based approach to evaluation works and if program impacts can be translated into hard data to serve as a basis for evaluation. This guide looks at the tensions that drive the debate about outcomes measurement, as well as common questions about its potential risks and rewards.
"In so many evaluations," said a program officer, "no one thinks to ask the users." Participatory action research engages all parties in all aspects of an evaluation, from defining the problem to gathering and analyzing data to preparing recommendations. In this guide, learn about a unique evaluation method and how grantmakers used it to evaluate programs in agriculture, early childhood development, and immigration.
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