Groundswell Fund supports a stronger, more effective U.S. movement for reproductive justice (RJ) by mobilizing new funding and capacity-building resources for grassroots organizing and policy change efforts led by women of color, low-income women, and transgender people. Groundswell’s Integrated Voter Engagement (IVE) program provides technical support to RJ organizations using an innovative approach that blends community organizing and voter engagement in a sustained way to boost the scale and power of grassroots organizations to win systems change.
Korwin Consulting has worked with Groundswell Fund since 2008, evaluating its Catalyst Fund and, later, the IVE. We have used a combination of interviews, surveys, focus groups, evaluation coaching, and training and have participated in convenings with national and local philanthropic partners and women of color-led RJ organizations hosted by Groundswell. In 2014, we worked with Groundswell staff, grantees, and other stakeholders to design a new online evaluation survey for the Catalyst Fund that would best capture data and stories related to power-building, accomplishments, challenges, and lessons learned.
The issue of RJ is gaining prominence in debates regarding health care access and gender and racial justice. Our work to evaluate the impact Catalyst grantees are having on policy, base building, public opinion, and the framing of reproductive health and rights in the U.S. provides information and understanding that help Groundswell and its grantees build the effectiveness and sustainability of the RJ movement.