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CONTINUOUS PROGRESS Better Advocacy Through Evaluation
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About Continuous Progress

Now the skills and knowledge that underscore Continuous Progress are available to NGOs through the consulting practice of the Aspen Institute Advocacy Planning and Evaluation Program. We can help you achieve your advocacy goals through smart planning, messaging and evaluation. Learn more about how we can help.

Welcome to the domestic policy edition of Continuous Progress, practical, web-based tools to help donors and advocates work together to plan, evaluate, learn from and improve their advocacy efforts. We began the guides with a focus on the challenge of evaluating global issue advocacy, but as are work progressed, we realized that many of the concepts and tips in the guides can help those addressing domestic issues as well. We arrived at the idea of complementary online guides -- one for advocates, one for grantmakers -- after collecting insights and advice from advocates, communications strategists, private sector advertisers and grantmakers in our Evaluation Learning Group.

Our lead consultants, Edith Asibey and Justin van Fleet, also drew on interviews with grantmakers, advocates and evaluation professionals in the summer of 2006 -- as well as their own experience, recent research on effective advocacy and the growing body of tools intended to help grantmakers and grantees improve policy advocacy. You'll find references to that work throughout the guides, and collected in our resource list.

The guides "live" online. Continuous Progress owes its smooth functionality and stability to Dagwood Reeves and its inviting look and thoughtful architecture to Heather Gardner-Madras. Clare Oh helped edit the rich material that Edith and Justin created. Tarek Rizk managed all these moving parts under the direction of David Devlin-Foltz.

Continuous Progress is a product of the Aspen Institute's Advocacy Planning and Evaluation Program (APEP), whose mission is to provide tools to support the work of advocates and others promoting ethical and effective U.S. responses to global challenges like poverty, human rights violations and climate change. The production of Continuous Progress was funded by grants from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.