Measuring Advocacy for Policy Change: The case for Respectful Maternity Care
Watermelons and Seeds: Lessons from Evaluating Advocacy for Reproductive Health/ Rights
Rhonda Schlangen , Independent Evaluation Consultant
0:00, Rhonda Schlangen describes advocacy in relation to health access and overall improved health. She reviews M&E components for service and advocacy, noting that short and long term benefits vary as it relates to capacity, resources and time frame. She ends her overview with a suggested matrix for M&E for respectful care.
18:00, Q&A for Schlangen begins.
The power of interim measures on the way to big scale change
Paula Rowland, Organizational Research Service/ IMPACT
25:45, Paula Rowland illustrates the importance of developing a Theory of Change to achieve a collective vision and shared framework. She describes the need for improved and strengthened alliances, organizational capacity, and varied bases of support, noting that progress and momentum happens in the middle (not bottom-up or top-down).
44:10, Q&A for Rowland begins.
1:03:00, Carlisle Levine shows the importance of measurement as it can show how short term actions make long-term change. She describes how it is hard to measure changes (via inputs like # of meetings), harder to measure “will” (via political interests/speeches), and hardest to measure action.
1:17:00, Q & A with Schlangen and Levine resolve questions around the importance of top-down initiatives to bring about change, and how it is hard to measure attribution and contribution of any change.
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