5.1 Level of influence on duty bearers, with the aim of addressing a conflict driver or increasing space for social action


The purpose of this indicator is to measure the effect and progress of our influencing strategies, as the aim of this sub-goal is to influence duty bearers to address a conflict driver and/or increase the space for social action. The indicator is a progress indicator based on assessments of several parameters, to determine which level of influence we are at where level 1 is the lowest and level 5 is the highest level. The higher levels of influence measures impact and outcomes, while outputs are measured at all levels.



This indicator is dependent on a thorough baseline analysis, which must be reported against on an annually basis. The indicator should tell whether NCA and partners have chosen effective influencing strategies or if we should adjust the advocacy strategies to increase our influence. This indicator depends on the context we operate in and contextual analysis will also have to be carried out annually, as changed context will reinforce or reduce the possibilities to increase levels of influence.

Data Source

  • Submitted policy proposals / studies / recommendations
  • Advocacy meeting reports
  • Media publicity
  • Feedback from duty bearers on our initiatives, such as comments, e-mails, response to questions
  • Duty bearers’ speeches, statements
  • Policy documents, government’s strategies
  • Government’s budget documents
  • Governmental plans
  • Parliamentary discussions

How to Collect

A thorough baseline description is necessary to measure progress. The baselines is a description of current level of influence at the beginning of an influencing process and the goal is to move upwards the “ladder” towards increased influence on duty bearers. The baseline should include a narrative description based on analysis of a number of parameters or “signs of influence” connected to each level to justify the categorisation. It is recommended to use more than one data collection methodology to determine the category. The categorisation of influence on duty bearers must be done for each separate advocacy process, by each partner. Influence on duty bearers will vary from case to case and from partner to partner.

How to analyse

To measure progress, the above described analysis must be repeated regularly. Fill out the “ladder” describing level of influence, and compare to baseline/previous years’ analysis. Progress is made if there are signs of increased influence on duty bearers, according to the indicators describing each level of influence (the ladder described above). Progress is made if e.g. the duty bearer is more aware than before of the issue at hand, if duty bearer did not earlier talk about the issue at hand, but now publicly discuss the issue, if duty bearer starts to engage other duty bearers on the issue etc.  If the intervention is effective, we should expect the levels of influence to increase over time:

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