NEW ACT Report: The First 100 Users – These findings offer a snapshot of what nonprofit staff and directors say they need to become better advocates.
Does your organization have what it takes to accomplish your policy goals? AFJ’s free self-assessment tool can help.
The Advocacy Capacity Tool (ACT) helps groups measure their readiness to engage in advocacy. Groups answer questions about their organization’s skills, knowledge, and resources for running issue campaigns, influencing legislation, or other forms of advocacy. The tool then immediately generates results.
The ACT is useful for a range of nonprofits—whether big or small groups fighting for change, a coalition of groups working together, or a foundation looking for ways to support its grantees.
This tool consists of:
- Preliminary questions about the organization (this includes informal groups and coalitions).
- Core capacities or indicators: The 18 indicators and related measures have been selected based on experience gathered by advocates, evaluators, funders, and other nonprofit leaders. Together, they represent the core areas of capacity for any organization or groups of organizations that aim to be effective advocates over time. They are organized into 4 sections:
- Advocacy Goals, Plans, and Strategies
- Conducting Advocacy
- Advocacy Avenues
- Organizational Operations to Sustain Advocacy
- Measures: Each indicator has four basic measures and one to three advanced measures. Users rate themselves according to the measures.
Read: Advocacy Capacity and Effectiveness: What Funders and Grantees Need to Know by AFJ’s Sue Hoechstetter
Contact Susan Hoechstetter.