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There are times when organizational or public policies–the laws and regulations that affect citizens’ everyday lives–need to be changed to address community problems and goals.
This training looks at issues and options to consider in setting the public agenda, determining why policy change may be needed, and identifying what your organization or initiative can offer. Learn steps involved in conducting research to inform public opinion and give decisionmakers needed information, how to gain public support, and identify what your group can do to advance its policy goals.
Understand the stages of policy development
Learn when and why research is crucial for policy development, and methods for policy research
Learn to prepare an issue brief related to your policy goal
Develop an action plan to execute your group’s policy goals
Learn to identify potential allies and opponents, and what tactics they may use
Understand steps in seeking accountability and enforcement
Module 11: Influencing Policy Development
Setting the Public Agenda
Conducting Research to Influence Policy Development
Developing Policy Goals and Plans
Gaining Support for Policy Options
Assuring Accountability and Enforcement of Existing Policies and Laws
Putting It All Together: Planning to Influence Policy
Video Presenter: Stephen B. Fawcett, Ph.D.
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