May 31, 2017
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Making use of legal and community-based approaches to advocacy
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Developing and harnessing information to inform policy and practice in the migration field
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Building links to Brussels to influence national and European migration policy
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Communicating advocacy messages about migration
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The Atlantic Philanthropies strategic approach to grantmaking in the area of migration in Ireland
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The Atlantic Philanthropies is a grantmaking foundation whose mission is to bring about lasting changes in the lives of disadvantaged and vulnerable people. This is the final report of an independent evaluation of Atlantic's Migration Programme that ran from 2004 until 2014. The Programme issued grants to organisations helping migrants to gain access to justice and services. The report presents findings about the impacts the Programme had on law, policy and practice in Ireland.
The evaluation found that the Migration Programme successfully implemented a field-building approach, as a result of which there was a more robust and professional network of organisations, working to achieve a common goal of improving the lives of migrants in Ireland in 2014 than in 2004. Atlantic grantees described numerous contributions to changes in practice, policy and law in Ireland which directly impacted the lives of migrants and asylum seekers.
The civil society organisations supported by Atlantic operated more strategically, collaborated and cooperated more — including with European organisations — and evidenced improved leadership, strategic planning, and internal governance and management.
The evaluation identified a number of promising practices for civil society organisations advocating for policy and practice change, as well as for funders supporting such organisations. A set of case studies showcase these promising practices, focusing on using legal and community-based advocacy, developing and harnessing information to inform policy and practice, building links to Brussels to influence national and European migration policy and communicating advocacy messages about migration.
The evaluation found that there was a more robust and professional network of organisations, working to achieve a common goal of improving the lives of migrants in Ireland in 2014 than in 2004.
There had been a shift in grantee organisations from service delivery to policy advocacy and a more strategic approach to addressing the challenges faced by migrants.
While evidencing the impacts of advocacy is challenging, Atlantic grantees described numerous contributions to changes in practice, policy and law in Ireland that directly impacted the lives of migrants and asylum-seekers.
The report highlights promising practices for foundations and other grant-making organisations wishing to embark on a field-building approach, related to: