You can use the outline below to help you craft an advocacy plan. Additional information about advocacy planning and strategies is available in the Advocacy section of our website.

Step 1: Identify and understand your topic

What does the problem look like?
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What’s the scale of this topic (national, local, community)?  

Step 2: Identify specific problems to address

Where is there still work to be done on this topic?
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Step 3: Identify a point of action

Now that you’ve brainstormed some ideas about the kinds of changes you’d like to see around this topic, have your group vote to narrow down your suggestions to just one or two ideas.

Step 4: Identifying your advocacy target

Which agency or governing body has the authority to make the change and/or provide the funding you are seeking?

Step 5: Gathering background information

What are the facts, statistics, anecdotes, and stories that demonstrate the need for this work?

Step 6: Identifying your personal strengths

What unique skills, insights, connections, or resources can you contribute to your team’s goals?

Step 7: Developing an advocacy plan

Tip: Consider whether this change needs to take place on an administrative or legislative level.

What are your advocacy goals?

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What are the steps you need to accomplish to meet these goals?

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What organizations or individuals could act as partners with you to accomplish these goals?

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Step 8: Tracking and accounting for outcomes

What is your timeline for accomplishing your goals?
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What are the metrics or qualitative outcomes you are looking to achieve by the end of your advocacy plan?

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