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Eval14 Expanding the evaluation lens: How to include policy assessment in your evaluation

As a result, policies and governance documents are adopted and implemented in typical evaluation contexts, including health, education and human services. These written policies can be a valuable source of data when evaluating large-scale initiatives or assessing complex programs; however, policy assessment is a useful tool often overlooked in evaluation. Using a statewide anti-bullying initiative as an example, this interactive session will center around three key steps for evaluating written policies

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Focus Search - Policy change is sustainable after funding is gone Systematic & (hopefully) transparent, just like good evaluation Can support changes in social norms (marriage equality & increased acceptance of sexual minorities in our society) Offer legal support and structure for disenfranchised populations 3 Clearly, the policy cycle offers ample opportunities for evaluation Important to have a systematic & transparent approach to all phases of policy development 4 Develop Adopt Implement Enforce Refine What do we mean by policy assessment Definition varies – in this case very simplistic meaning that we’re literally assessing the adoption & strength of a policy Can also mean comparing the value & worth of different policies to address a social situation to answer the question, which policy approach might work best?


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Eval12 Session 773: Developmental Evaluation in Practice: Lessons and Tips from an Evaluation of the Convergence Partnership

Abstract: Evaluators are increasingly being asked to examine complex and dynamic social and environmental change initiatives that call for equally dynamic approaches to evaluation. Developmental evaluation offers new ways to think about and approach evaluation to support and accommodate emergent, innovative and transformative processes that often define social change initiatives. Yet, many evaluators are unfamiliar with how to apply developmental evaluation approaches in real-world settings

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Assessing the Quality of Local-Level Obesity Prevention Policies: Lessons from Measuring the Strength and Comprehensiveness of Policy Language

The Missouri Foundation for Health currently funds an evaluation of a multi-site obesity prevention initiative. Projects implement physical activity and healthy eating components, including a policy/advocacy component

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Eval14: From Headlines to Sparklines: Using Media Tracking in a Real World Context (AEA 2014)

Have you been hoping to add media tracking to your evaluation toolkit? Have you wondered how it can fit into policy and advocacy evaluation? This demonstration session will showcase how media tracking was used in a developmental policy evaluation that examines the placement of early childhood development in the Monterey County, CA policy landscape. The presenters will describe their process of developing and adapting media tracking to examine the volume and nature of early childhood media coverage over time, as well as discuss considerations evaluators should take to tailor this method for their needs

AEA 2014 - Media Tracking_FINAL.pdf


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Eval11 Poster 161: Performance Management as a tool for Political Prioritization in Local Government

Given that a well-implemented performance management system creates clear performance indicators at a regular basis, it should serve as the ideal basis for political prioritization

Performance Management in political prioritization.pdf


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The Pillars of Public Program Evaluation

This is the lead article in "Evaluation South Asia," the first professional evaluaiton journal for all countries in South Asia, published in 2008. The article lays out a general struction for developing evaluation as a viable professional field and funciton for the betterment of national policies within South Asia. #public #Asia #DiversityandInclusion #policy #Communications #Communications #South #evaluation #GovernmentEvaluation #InternationalandCross-CulturalEval #program

Pilars of Public Program Evaluation.pdf


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Advocacy and Policy Evaluation materials

Materials from the presentation "Taking the Measure of 'Role' And 'Contribution': A Mixed Methods Approach to Policy Evaluation." From the AEA 2011 session: Methods in Evaluating Advocacy Efforts: Grantmakers' Perspectives. Includes both the powerpoint slides and the diagram of the six-step policy process that we used as a framework for our internal policy evaluation

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Introduction to Evaluation and Public Policy

It will guide evaluators through the maze of policy processes, such as legislation, regulations, administrative procedures, budgets, re-organizations, and goal setting. It will provide practical advice on how evaluators can become public policy players--how they can get their evaluations noticed and used in the public arena #HowTo #2012Conference #2013Conference #Publicpolicy #2011Conference #policy

How to Influence Policy 10-10-13.pptx