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    Evalu-cations: The indispensable alliance between evaluation and communications

    This post originally appeared on Knight Foundation’s website. Photo credit: Flickr user Richard Matthews.

    A hallmark of my time supporting research and evaluation at Knight Foundation has been a close working relationship with our communications team. This partnership has been a key ingredient for the development and dissemination of a series of successful reports Knight has published in recent years. So when I recently encountered a Communications Network blog post lamenting the challenged relationship between evaluation people and communications people, I felt compelled to speak out on behalf of the way our teams have partnered at Knight.

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    WEBINAR — Communications That Work: Making Ideas Move

    Tuesday, April 7
    2-3 PM EDT

    How we communicate is changing—rapidly. Every day, it seems, a new innovation comes along that transforms the way people connect and share information with each other. Powerful new tools can foster conversation, spark debate, and launch new ideas.

    But how can leaders of social change organizations ensure that their messages are heard amid the noise of our increasingly networked world? How can they move ideas in a way that advances their cause?

    A panel of leading practitioners in the field of nonprofit communications will explore answers those questions. Sean Gibbons of the Communications Network will lead off the discussion. Then Fred Mann of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation will talk about the importance of developing a flexible, inclusive communications vision; Daniella Gibbs Léger of the Center for American Progress will explain how her organization’s deep investment in communications has paid significant dividends; Kevin Nix of Freedom to Marry will discuss how data-driven communications strategies and targeted conversations helped turn marriage equality from an improbable cause to one that now seems inevitable; and Andrew Sherry of the Knight Foundation will show that communications has become not just an opportunity but a necessity.

    This webinar will be of value to senior leaders and communications professionals who work in a variety of social sector organizations.

    Webinar registrants will learn about using the power of smart, strategic communications to drive social change. During a question-and-answer session, they will also be able to direct questions to Gibbons, Mann, Léger, Nix, and Sherry. Michael Slind of Stanford Social Innovation Review will moderate the webinar.

    Register now through The Communications Network for a special rate of $40, which includes access to the live webinar; unlimited access to the webinar as many times as you’d like for twelve months; and downloadable slides.

    To view previous and upcoming webinars in the SSIR Live! webinar series, go to


    Presented by:

    Frederick G. Mann, vice president for communications, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
    Daniella Gibbs Léger, senior vice president for communications and strategy, Center for American Progress
    Kevin Nix, communications director, Freedom to Marry
    Andrew Sherry, vice president, communications, Knight Foundation
    Sean Gibbons, executive director, The Communications Network

    Moderated by:

    Michael Slind, senior editor, Stanford Social Innovation Review

    Date: April 7, 2015
    11:00am–12:00 noon PDT, 2:00pm–3:00pm EDT

  • Andrew Sherry Elected to The Communications Network Board

    andrew_sherry_headshot_1.jpg.200x0_q85Andrew Sherry, Vice President of Communications at the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, has been elected to the Board of The Communications Network.

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  • Post-Conference Check Up on the Health of the Communications Network

    Post from the 2011 Conference in Boston

    By Dan Brady, Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers

    When I led the Group Therapy session “Culture Shift: Learning to Act as a Network,” based on the Connected Citizens report released by the Knight Foundation and the Monitor Institute, there was one area that we didn’t touch on, but now, with the conference behind me, it seems an appropriate point of reflection.

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  • Online Engagement, “Der Fisch” and the Nervous Foundation

    Post from the 2011 Conference in Boston

    by Chris Wolz, Forum One Communications

    Two observations from Communications Network conference: exciting opportunities to effect social change using online engagement make many foundations nervous, and the old German expression “Der Fisch stinkt vom Kopf her” has new applicability in this online age.

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