Accounting for context and control in place-based advocacy

Session Number: 1750
Track: Advocacy and Policy Change
Session Type: Demonstration
Tags: advocacy, Advocacy and policy change, advocacy evaluation, case study, context, place (role of), policy, policy evaluation
First Author or Discussion Group Leader: Marti Frank [Consultant - Evaluation + Strategy for Social Innovation]
Second Author or Discussion Group Leader: Johanna Morariu [Director - Innovation Network, Inc.]
Time: Oct 27, 2016 (01:00 PM - 01:45 PM)
Room: International South 9

Audience Level: All Audiences

Session Abstract: 

Advocacy evaluations often focus on strategies, activities, and outcomes. While a focus on these elements is necessary, it may not be sufficient, especially for advocacy efforts that are rooted in place or are influenced by past events. In this session we will share an emerging framework for accounting for context and degree of control in place-based advocacy efforts, drawn from a recent case study of the Seattle Fight for $15. In June 2014 the Seattle city council passed a $15 minimum wage law and in 2015, Dr. Marti Frank and Innovation Network completed a case study of the Seattle Fight for $15 as part of a broader, four-year developmental evaluation of a national economic justice initiative. Through the case study findings, we will explore the contribution of location characteristics, longer-term success indicators, and shorter-term strategies to the Seattle minimum wage fight.