Additional Online Advocacy Planning Resource Tools American Planning Association www.planning.org/advocacy/toolbox/ advocacymeetings.htm The Aspen Institute www.aspeninstitute.org/policy-work/apep/tools A Planning Guide for Your Advocacy Efforts: This guide will assist you in: • Clarifying the goal of your advocacy efforts • Defining your audience • Developing your key messages • Identifying potential partners who can assist you along the way • Outlining what your advocacy efforts will accomplish
Regardless of who or what you are advocating for, getting started and taking your first steps may be hard. At the end of this guide, you will find resources and support tools to help get started. Identifying clear steps to take when beginning any advocacy effort is crucial. This tool will serve as a guide for your advocacy efforts through consideration of all important aspects of your plan. You have already taken the first step in effective advocacy: understanding what advocacy is, and how to go about it appropriately. Advocacy is crucial to ensuring that healthcare policies and initiatives are meeting the healthcare standards that were intended. People will listen. Whether you find yourself advocating for a family member or for a policy change, your voice is critical to the process.
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