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Finding the Win in Wicked Problems: Lessons From Evaluating Public Policy Advocacy

More foundations are funding public policy change and standardized policy advocacy evaluation methods are emerging. This article takes a look at the federal policy efforts funded by Atlantic Philanthropies and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Discusses two rising grantmaking issues: 1) creating boundaries around the definition of the problem (not easy when it is truly wicked); and, 2) the right stakeholders identifying those boundaries and solutions to the problem within it, arise as key to understanding the “why” behind outcomes of a public policy advocacy.