Telling the Story of Over a Decade of Support: Using case studies to conduct a retrospective assessment of long-term funder support that aims to affect social change through movement building

Session Number: 2398
Track: Qualitative Methods
Session Type: Panel
Tags: Case study evaluation
Session Chair: Sophia Lee [Senior Research Consultant - Harder+Company Community Research]
Discussant: Taylor Anderson [Research Assistant - Harder+Company Community Research]
Presenter 1: Zeeba Khalili
Presentation 1 Additional Author: Julianne Marie Pérez [Community Engagement Administrator - City of Largo]
Time: Nov 15, 2019 (03:30 PM - 04:15 PM)
Room: CC M100 D

Abstract 1 Title: Telling the Story of Over a Decade of Support: Using case studies to conduct a retrospective assessment of long-term funder support that aims to affect social change through movement building
Presentation Abstract 1:

Evaluators are often asked to conduct retrospective impact assessments of support provided over a long period of time. These assessments can be challenging as they are limited to current sources and data they did not collect, and are impacted by internal and external contextual changes over time. Case studies can serve as a useful tool to learn from the past and tell individual stories within a broader narrative that can illuminate crosscutting themes to inform the work moving forward.

In this session, we will share insights from using an investigative journalism approach to develop case studies to assess the impact of one foundation providing long-term general operating funds and network building support to bolster advocacy and activism efforts over a sixteen-year period. We will provide an overview of the approach and both the evaluator and foundation perspectives on how it captured their impact.   


Audience Level: All Audiences

Session Abstract (150 words): 

Evaluators are often asked to conduct retrospective impact assessments of support provided over a long period of time. These assessments can be challenging as they are limited to current sources and data they did not collect, and are impacted by internal and external contextual changes over time. Case studies can serve as a useful tool to learn from the past and tell individual stories within a broader narrative that can illuminate crosscutting themes to inform the work moving forward.

In this session, we will share insights from using an investigative journalism approach to develop case studies to assess the impact of one foundation providing long-term general operating funds and network building support to bolster advocacy and activism efforts over a sixteen-year period. We will provide an overview of the approach and both the evaluator and foundation perspectives on how it captured their impact.