PSI uses the DALY as a way of showing how our work is improving lives. It is a valuable tool for us because it shows progress and whether programs are actually working. It is valuable for our funders and supporters because we can communicate success in a simple set of numbers.
We are wondering if there is something similar for advocacy. PSI and other NGOs actively support policies that benefit the lives of the world’s poor. When you get a policy changed (like us seat belt laws) you positively affect millions of lives.
But there is no tool that counts that. For organizations and governments that are measurement focused are we dis-incentivizing advocacy efforts that could have great health impact for funding only things that can be easily measured.
We are turning to you for ideas. What is already out there and what can be done to measure advocacy efforts in a way that provide feedbacks and show how advocacy can have widespread impact?
Share your thoughts below.