Community Health Advocates from Community Health Advocates website is a health portal to advocates who work to help their communities get, keep, and use health coverage. Practical knowledge for transforming advocacy ideas into practice are provided, emphasizing the power of action-oriented marketing. You don't want to overdo it, or wear out your welcome. The author also presents new ways to approach lobbying. The hospital proves that it treated the man, but he discharged himself early. You may have very good reasons behind your convictions, and, for purposes of argument, let's suppose they are also good ideas. Get approval to develop a public policy plan.
Clarity on the staff who are responsible for or allowed to engage in advocacy as representatives of the agency. That takes experience, some of which you can gain by talking to well-connected friends or acquaintances, or to people who have gained that experience through possibly-painful trial and error. This handbook offers a framework to nonprofit organizations for shaping public policy at the state and local levels. In the second chapter, she presents information on how to develop the lobbying plan, including preparation of the team, articulating vision and goals, establishing criteria, identifying key issues, identifying influential players, choosing strategies and tactics, designing the organizational infrastructure, and creating the work plan. While decision makers do respond to groups they are answerable to, they will respond still more positively if they know those groups are looking over their shoulder. Similarly, people from whom you might expect support might turn out to oppose you. If I can get my organization to have one concerned constituent have a one-on-one meeting with a legislator, in the district, during office hours.
This grid will also help you identify specific ways in which these potential allies can help. Of course, while knowing committee members may be helpful, it's not the same thing as knowing how that committee works in practice. We'll try to present it in four basic categories. What do we mean by lobbying? Once you have a plan, you'll know where you are going, and how to get there. Fortunately, this is not hard to do. Hand the person your business card, have something to leave for them, be brief, stay on script, never whine, and make your goal to get a commitment.
Planning step 2: articulate vision and goals. This particular chapter discusses steps 4-7 in the list of ten. High-quality and consistent publicity can make your issue more compelling to readers. Lobbying is a proven way to advance issues, support good ideas, respond to crises, avert disasters, and ensure that an organization's work is adequately supported. For more information, see the Examples, Tools, and Resources below. How can you be an advocate? That is a leadership responsibility, and to do otherwise ignores a key aspect of how the modern world functions.
The lobbying and advocacy handbook for nonprofit organizations: Shaping public policy at the state and local level. You are probably not the only one who should be sending a message. What's the best way of doing it? Understanding the Issue You probably already have a pretty good idea of what the issue or problem is. However, this does not mean that you have that knowledge. Packet 21 — Public Policy Advocacy: Promoting Public Participation contains useful guidance on developing a policy and includes several sample policies. Much though not all lobbying is political, and involves persuading political decision makers. We'll help you balance potential benefits against potential risks, and come up with some useful backers who will help, rather than hinder, your cause - whether you want to , or an informal alliance or network.
Keep in mind that these activities cross the line into lobbying if they call for action on introduced legislation or a pending regulation. Just how can you best help each other? Through metropolitan and local newspapers of course, but also through specialized newsletters; a subscription or two may pay off. In advocacy situations, there are likely to be well-prepared opponents waiting in the tall grass. Resources, worksheets and samples are provided throughout the guide. That's one reason for careful planning of strategy and tactics.
It was late on a Friday afternoon, and she wasn't at her office, so we tried her at home. You can't take anything for granted. In this book Marcia Avner presents a critical guide and skill set for leaders of organizations. Locations Call Number: On Shelf At: Downtown Library Location Call Number Branch Item Status Downtown 2nd Floor 324. Request by contacting Amy Plank,.
In the larger scheme of things, your goals are simple: first, to find good reasons why the decision maker should do what you want, and then to show the decision maker why that action is also in his or her best interest. Online Resources is an excellent 50-page resource to lobbying. Is that a real possibility? The community would quickly develop advocacy fatigue. This is of course true for persuasive attempts in general. But the decision to put major resources into advocacy is not one to be taken lightly.