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Using Contribution Analysis to Assess MFAN's Policy Work

  • Thu, April 26, 2018
  • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
  • InterAction, 1400 16th Street NW, Suite 210, Washington, DC 20036


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Please join us for a presentation on contribution analysis!

Join us for a presentation on Using Contribution Analysis to Assess MFAN's Policy Work  with Robin Kane, Carlisle Levine and Didier Trinh

This morning session will be held on Thursday, April 26 from 10:00-11:30am at InterAction, 1400 16th Street NW, Suite 210, Washington, DC 20036

Using Contribution Analysis to Assess MFAN's Policy Work

The Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network (MFAN), after eight years of working to influence U.S. foreign assistance policy, commissioned an evaluation to better understand the difference it was making. As part of that evaluation, MFAN sought to examine its contribution to four key policies. To do this, the evaluation team suggested using contribution analysis: a theory-based approach to causal analysis that examines the many factors that influence policy change. During this presentation, MFAN leaders will discuss what they hoped to learn from the evaluation, their experience participating in a contribution analysis process, and how they have used the evaluation findings. The evaluation team will describe contribution analysis and its application to policy change and discuss how they used it as part of the MFAN evaluation. Presentation attendees will learn about the pros and cons of using contribution analysis to assess how advocacy efforts influence policy change.


Robin Kane, MPA, is principal of RK Evaluation & Strategies in Washington, DC. She has more than 25 years of experience in program planning, evaluation, policy advocacy, and communications in the public service sector. Her consulting practice bridges the worlds of advocacy and evaluation. Kane directs comprehensive process and outcome evaluations, facilitates planning efforts, and conducts evaluation trainings. She has a Master of Public Administration degree with a concentration in nonprofit management from George Washington University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Foreign Service and international politics from the Pennsylvania State University.

Carlisle Levine, Ph.D., is President and CEO of BLE Solutions in Arlington, Virginia. She is an international development, peacebuilding and advocacy evaluator with 26 years of international development experience and 19 years of evaluation experience. Her work has contributed to organizational strategic decision making and more effective practices for foundations, international non-governmental organizations and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). Carlisle has worked for CARE USA, Catholic Relief Services, USAID and the Inter-American Foundation and with InterAction; her work has taken her to Latin America, Central and West Africa and Europe. She has a Ph.D. and MALD in international relations from The Fletcher School at Tufts University and a B.A. in Soviet and East European Studies from Yale University.

Didier Trinh is the Executive Director of the Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network (MFAN), where he leads network operations on U.S. foreign assistance effectiveness. Didier has served with MFAN since its inception in 2008. Didier has extensive experience in government relations and member coalition management. Prior to MFAN, Didier was the Executive Director of the Federal Managers Association, where he oversaw the day-to-day operations of the headquarters and was responsible for policy development with Congress and the administration. Didier began his career as a Legislative Associate for U.S. Representative Joseph K. Knollenberg. He earned a B.A. from the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor.


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