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.