Measuring Movements

The goal of this project is to raise the visibility and understanding of organizing within the Ford Foundation and provide a forum for disseminating effective strategies within the practitioner community. To achieve this goal, we aim to do the following: (1) Increase the understanding of the strategies, capacities, and needs of U.S. social justice base-building organizations through an analysis of Ford Foundation grantees and other leading organizations in the field; (2) Assess the impact of social justice base-building organizations on progressive social change at the local, state, and national levels; (3) Distill lessons and implications for philanthropy’s role in strengthening the capacities and impact of the social justice, base-building ecosystem; and (4) Develope products and tools, including interim and long-term process evaluation metrics and methods, that will help build the capacity of both foundations and base-building organizations to adopt “best practices.


Transactions Transformations Translations: Metrics That Matter for Building, Scaling, and Funding Social Movements

Manuel Pastor, Jennifer Ito, Rachel Rosner

October 2011

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Research supported by:

  • Program for Environmental and Regional Equity (PERE)
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  • Los Angeles, CA 90089-1291