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AEA Coffee Break Webinars (CBD)

We're pleased to offer a series of short coffee-break-length demonstrations of 20-minutes each that introduce tools of use to evaluators.

Via this site, you can view and PREregister for upcoming webinars (below) or sign in and go to the Webinars eLibrary to download archived recordings of previous Coffee Break Demonstrations.

If you are not a member, and would like to participate in the Coffee Break webinars, we offer multiple membership options that will allow you to register for any Coffee Break webinars that you wish for one year from the month of payment. The regular e-membership is $99 and gives you access to each coffee break webinar for free.  This is discounted to $33 for full-time students. These e-memberships include electronic only access to four journals. To upgrade and get one-year access to all of AEA's coffee breaks, please click here to join or contact Zachary Grays in the AEA office at

Upcoming Coffee Break Demonstrations

Thursday, January 18, 2018 2-2:20 PM EST

Contribution Analysis in Policy Work: Assesing Advocacy's Influence

Are you an evaluator or funder looking for an evidence-based assessment method to evaluate the contribution an advocacy initiative has had on a policy outcome? In collaboration with Carlisle Levine and Robin Kane we have created a brief (based on our work with clients) that provides you with a step by step approach to using contribution analysis for assessing advocacy's influence in policy work, and for deciding whether this method is a good choice or not.

Learning objectives:

  • Understand the benefits and challenges of applying CA in policy evaluation 

  • Learn from the experiences of evaluators who applied it in 2 settings

  • Know where to access the published brief


Claire Reinelt, Ph.D. is a nationally recognized network and leadership consultant with over 20 years of experience evaluating leadership development, network formation, and collective impact on policy and systems change. She recently used contribution analysis in an evaluation designed to assess the impact that a network of think tanks, international development nonprofits, and former policymakers had on reforming U.S. foreign aid policy. She is a co-editor of the Handbook of Leadership Development Evaluation.


Carlyn Orians is Director of Evaluation at ORS Impact. For more than a decade, ORS Impact has been a leader in the field of advocacy and policy evaluation. We have developed briefs, frameworks, and tools that help the field be more responsive to the needs of advocacy and we consistently use these frameworks and tools to help our clients work through the messy middle in their theories of change, learn from advocacy evaluation, and achieve clarity of vision and direction.

Join this presentation by registering here.





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