Can 'Theory of Change' transform our campaign planning?

To be honest, I’ve struggled to get my head around the ‘Theory of Change’ approach that I’ve seen being talked about across the sector over the last year. I’ve felt that its something that could be an incredibly powerful tool, but found it’s been hard to really understand of it. In an attempt to understand …

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Campaign Totals 2012 – Home Office

Total number of actions received between May 1st 2011 and May 1st 2012: 33,465 Number of postcards: 12,892 Number of emails: 20,573 Biggest campaign:No weakening of Protection for Animals in UK Laboratories – 13,914 actions.   Breakdown by topic and organisation: Scorecard based on figures from 2010 to 2012; Par score based on number of actions at 75th percentile, …

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8 things I learned at Netroots UK

I had a great time at Netroots UK yesterday, it was one of those conferences where various elements of my campaigning world came together, a conference full of NGO friends , Labour Party activists and lots of interesting people who I follow to help to collect ideas for this blog. I’d strongly recommend that people go …

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Learning from Stop the Pipeline campaign

The Stop the Keystone pipeline campaign is one that may have passed many in the UK by but in the US its resulted in a huge victory for environmental campaigners. In brief, the campaign was looking to halt the construction of a pipeline that would transport tar sands oil from Alberta, Canada across the Midwest …

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Charity meetings with Government Ministers

The release of details of thousands of meetings between government minister and lobbying groups has received lots of coverage in the press in the last few days.  Although the headlines have been on the number of meetings that ministers have had with business groups, there is also lots in the whole data that campaigners can …

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Campaign Totals – A look at the departmental figures

I’ve received responses from all but 2 departments (Ministry of Deference and Ministry of Justice) that I approached, but what do the final totals tell us about the way that they’re responding to the actions that we’re sending them? 1. Real variation in numbers between department – I’m not surprised to see the Treasury come top of …

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Campaign Totals – Department of Work and Pensions

The Department of Work and Pensions indiciated that it was unable to give detailed figures in response to my request. Total number of actions received between May 1st 2010 and May 1st 2011: approx 8,500 Number of letters: approx. 1,400Number of postcards: approx. 2,800Number of emails: approx. 4,300Breakdown by topic and organisation: The Department of Work and Pension was …

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The last day of the NCVO Campaigning Effectiveness project

I’m sad to see the end of the NCVO Campaigning Effectiveness project (which has included the Forum for Change site) which closes today as the current funding streams that sustain it come to an end. While it’s perhaps inevitable in the context of reduced funding to the sector, it’s going to be missed, and it leaves a …

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Can we ever hope to influence Beijing?

China officially became the second biggest economy in the world last month overtaking Japan for the first time, and while the influence of China over most international processes has been clear for a long time, can we ever expect to influence the Chinese government? Both Oxfam and Greenpeace must believe so, as they’ve expanded out of …

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Are we seeing the first 'twitter' revolution – a campaign reader

For the last month my trending topics have included terms which relate to the events in Egypt, Tunisia, Bahrain and now Libya, but can the recent events in Tunisia and Egypt be described as the first ‘twitter revolution’?  Here are some useful articles about the role of social media in the recent uprisings in the Middle …

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