Improving Interest Group Accountability. LogFrame: A Framework for Evaluating Lobbying Campaigns
Interest groups in the European Union and elsewhere are increasingly coming under scrutiny for the practices, but also for their results. Much has been done to promote transparency, for example, through the European Union’s transparency registry. There is much less published on the monitoring and evaluation of their interest group activities. This chapter presents an approach to fill this gap. Drawing from established practices, this chapter seeks to build bridges between interest group literature and established nonprofit evaluation methodologies. Combining a LogFrame approach and interest group theory, we offer a planning tool for describing, in a systematic and where possible quantified way, the objectives that interest groups pursue in seeking influence to the decision-making process, the methods they use to pass messages and exert influence, and the impact of the results obtained when set against the original objectives.
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