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ARTICLE | What We Know So Far About Evaluating Progress in Policy Change

Articles, Mark Cabaj, Evaluation, Evaluating Community Impact, Policy

Despite the central role of policy change in social change, innovators and evaluators often struggle to be clear about what outcomes, results, or impacts mean in policy change work. This makes it difficult to plan, communicate, and evaluate their efforts.

This article presents a framework and a variety of design elements for planning and assessing your policy change efforts, including: 

  • five different types or domains of results,
  • „„generic evaluative questions for each type of result,
  • „„illustrative methods that might be used to assess type of result
  • „„one or two key resources for evaluating each type result.
Mark Cabaj

By Mark Cabaj

Mark is President of the consulting company From Here to There and an Associate of Tamarack. Mark has first-hand knowledge of using evaluation as a policy maker, philanthropist, and activist, and has played a big role in promoting the merging practice of developmental evaluation in Canada. Mark is currently focused on how diverse organizations and communities work together to tackle complex issues, on social innovation as a "sub-scene" of community change work, and on strategic learning and evaluation.

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