Find an organization that works on the issue you care about and get involved.
Once you have decided an issue for your advocacy focus, it’s important to find an organization that reflects your views and approach to policy advocacy. This section has a list of questions to ask as you search for an “advocacy home.” You can also ask friends and neighbors who are already involved. In addition, many large organizations have local chapters, so look for those because they can bring a global or national perspective to work being done at the state or local level.
Here are some things to consider:
1. What is the group’s mission and vision?
Some organizations address one issue, some have a broader or multi-issue mandate. Does the organization provide direct services, advocate for policy change, and/or develop programs to impact communities? Is it focused on bringing grassroots voices to the table? Convincing elites? What does it want to accomplish? If you cannot find this information online, contact someone who can answer these questions.
DATA DRIVES POLICY CHANGE
Sex-disaggregated data highlights the differing experiences, needs, constraints, and opportunities for women, girls, men, and boys. Data disaggregated by sex is critical to structuring policies and programs.
This means asking “who questions” in a meeting, a call, an email, or a survey:
• Who owns land?
• Who works in a certain job category?
• Who drops out of secondary school?
• Who serves on corporate boards?
• Who is being hired?
• Who goes to engineering or nursing school?
• Who is elected to office?
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