Strengthening Civil Society

2.2 # of advocacy initiatives NCA and partners are involved in leading to change in policies, laws, norms and practices


Although it is difficult to directly attribute significant changes in policies, laws, norms and practices to actions carried out by NCA and partners, it is possible to get some indication as to the effectiveness of our advocacy efforts by measuring the success rate of advocacy initiatives that NCA and partners are involved in.

However, the # of successful initiatives alone does not tell us anything about the relative impact of these initiatives; i.e. not all successful initiatives are weighted equally – a change in the law might be more significant than a solidarity statement.  Therefore, we need a way to measure the relative impact (see table below).


A strong baseline analysis of relevant duty bearers will be essential to measuring impact and change over time for this indicator.  The table below should be used as a guide for documenting where on the scale duty bearers fall in terms of their awareness of and response to the advocacy conducted by NCA and partners.  Over time, the relative impact of NCA and partners’ advocacy initiatives can be weighted against behavioural change on the part of duty bearers.


Data Source

The source will depend on the context, the type of advocacy initiative and targeted change, but suggested sources are:

How to Collect

In this indicator we are measuring a number of different things.

Firstly, of the advocacy initiatives that NCA and partners are involved in, how many of them resulted in a change in policies, laws, norms or practices

Secondly, since our advocacy initiatives are directed towards duty bearers, it is important to measure how duty bearers integrate this advocacy into their practices over time (using the below scale).

Finally, it is necessary to distinguish between local/national/regional advocacy.

How to analyse

  1. Determining where specifically targeted duty bearers fall on the scale
  2. Narrative reporting on the change (or no change)
  3. Discussion of key factors for success of specific initiatives

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