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Creating Momentum: The Atlantic Philanthropies' Investments to Repeal the Death Penalty in the United States

May 1, 2016

The Atlantic Philanthropies invested about $60 million between 2004 and 2016 to support efforts to repeal the death penalty in the United States. To assess the effectiveness of this work and to generate lessons for human rights activists and other funders involved in the repeal movement, the foundation commissioned this evaluation. The findings contained in this report are the result of extensive documentation review as well as interviews with foundation and grantee board and staff.

Engaging Audiences

August 1, 2009

Summarizes discussion from an April 2009 conference on best practices for developing audiences for the arts in an economic downturn. Focuses on effective research, use of new media, collaboration within the arts sector, and bold, high-quality programming.

Evaluation of the Fighting Back Initiative

April 1, 2005

This case study describes an evaluation of a large-scale, multi-site effort to harness community-generated strategies to reduce the use and abuse of alcohol and illegal drugs. The findings of this controversial study were sharply questioned by stakeholders and the case illustrates how important issues of program design affected evaluation findings

The Devolution Initiative Evaluation: Innovation and Learning at the W. K. Kellogg Foundation

April 1, 2005

This case study describes the evaluation of a foundation initiative designed to foster learning about government investments to devolve major responsibilities for welfare reform and health care policy from the federal government to the states. The initiative's goal was also to mobilize advocates to respond to information as implications of the studies unfolded. The evaluation had multiple components, which included providing timely, continuous feedback to the foundation about how the initiative was -- or was not -- working. As a case, it illustrates the difficulties of crafting a theory of change for an ever evolving program across multiple stakeholders within and external to a foundation.

Home Visitation: A Case Study of Evaluation at The David and Lucile Packard Foundation

July 1, 2002

This case study describes how a long-term investment in evaluation was instrumental to a foundation strategy to support home visitation and education to parents about effective interaction with their young children. The case illustrates the substantial impact an evaluation can have on a field.