Advocacy Tactics

Advocacy Tactics

Finding & Using Data
Effectively using research can help you convey your position to legislators, the public, your board, funders, and members. Credible data can complement personal stories and anecdotes about your cause, thereby making your point more convincing. Gathering research and pulling out the important points that support your position, as well as points that negate the argument of those who oppose your position, will help you to gain supporters for your cause.

Working in Coalitions
Often, one of the most powerful ways for nonprofits to engage in the public policy process is by working in coaltion with other nonprofits. Effective coalitions can amplify nonprofit voices to legislators and the public, as well as allow coalition members to share the cost of their advocacy efforts.

Know the Legislative Process & Players
1) A bill is introduced in at least one chamber of the legislature. 2) It is then assigned to the committee(s) that oversees the issue addressed by the bill. 3) Sometimes, a committee refers a bill to a subcommittee for deeper consideration.


"Getting the change you want in public policy will occur most readily when you join with other groups in coalition."

Elizabeth M. Heagy

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