Nonprofits often face stiff competition from well-funded special interests as they advocate for smart public policies. Bolder Advocacy, an initiative of Alliance for Justice, helps to level the playing field by providing free tools for nonprofits to build their capacity in advocacy and organizing: moving the dial from good to great advocacy. Our online tool center helps the most sophisticated to the smallest nonprofits—focused in education, health, environment and a host of other important issues—to evaluate their advocacy and organizing and find opportunities to do better. Bolder Advocacy is an expert ally—helping nonprofits advocate more strategically and more effectively and reach their important social goals.
ACT! Quick is a short version of the Alliance for Justice’s Advocacy Capacity Tool (ACT) and is designed to provide a quick diagnosis of the strengths and gaps in organizations’ advocacy skills, knowledge, and practices, and identify areas for strengthening. We recommend taking the electronic version of ACT! Quick so you can automatically access results and delve deeper into one or more of the 18 advocacy capacity areas.
Advocacy is challenging to evaluate and measure. Evaluation plays a critical role in the assessment of progress and determining if and when your organization is meeting your advocacy goals. It also helps to develop realistic long-term and incremental measures of advocacy success and progress, allowing you to identify and apply lessons learned. AFJ developed the free, online Advocacy Capacity and Assessment Tool (ACT), ACT Quick!, and International Advocacy Capacity Tool (IACT) to address some of the challenges involved in evaluating advocacy.
Community organizing can be a complex process. To be successful, it’s important to prepare for success—by understanding an organization’s readiness to engage and empower constituents and having access to appropriate organizing evaluation resources. AFJ developed the free, online PowerCheck tool for assessing capacity and the compendium of Resources for Evaluating Community Organizing (RECO) to address some of the challenges involved in evaluating community organizing.
Our toolkits are a collection of resources—from Alliance for Justice and other organizations—organized in a way to help you better understand an issue, process, or topic. We will continue to update our toolkits and create new ones as issues arise and topics take root in the national conversation.