Foundations, government agencies, and nonprofits recognize that public and organizational policy change is a pathway to sustainable improvements in community health. However, investing in and evaluating broad, complex policy initiatives is challenging. Compared to more straightforward program evaluation, policy and advocacy evaluations must contend with far more dynamic and fluid situations that are often difficult to untangle. The policy spectrum is a concrete tool that evaluators and foundations can use to focus their efforts and assess progress across multiple sites. The spectrum:
To see the model in action, check out one of the following examples of how CCHE has used this model to evaluate support policy and advocacy initiatives across the country:
The policy spectrum framework brings insights throughout the initiative to help understand progress and strengthen the ongoing work. By understanding the stages of policy change, stakeholders can better engage in understand progress and improving their efforts in real time.