"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world.  
Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has."
                                                                                                                 Margaret Mead

                                                                            EFFECTIVE ADVOCACY

Advocacy is the deliberate process of influencing those who make policy decisions

10 Steps in Advocacy

1.  DEFINE THE PROBLEM - What is the issue?

2.  SPELL OUT THE SOLUTION - Define your goals.

3.  DETERMINE YOUR RIGHTS - Locate and review the appropriate regulations and procedures.

4.  WHO WILL DETERMINE WHAT HAPPENS? - Who makes the decisions?

5.  PREPARE YOUR CASE - Get your paperwork and documentation in order.  Plan a strategy.  Try to separate feelings from facts.

6.  PLAN - Write an agenda.


7.  ACT - Make the phone call or write the letter. Be assertive not aggressive.

8.   EVALUATE YOUR RESULTS - What was the outcome? Will you need to follow-up? How do you feel about the results?

9.   FOLLOW-UP - Take any necessary follow-up steps. Decide what to do next.

10. CELEBRATE - Even small victories should be celebrated. Congratulate yourself for taking the steps to resolve your problem.