Tools for Effective Advocacy

Nonprofits advocating for smart public policies can run into stiff competition from well-funded special interests. Bolder Advocacy helps to level the playing field by providing free tools for nonprofits to build capacity in advocacy and organizing, so you can move the dial from good advocacy to great advocacy!

Whether your nonprofit is sophisticated or small, whether you’re focused on education, health, the environment, the arts, or another important issue, our online tool center has resources for you. These tools can help you evaluate the advocacy and organizing you’re doing now, and find opportunities to do better.

Evaluating Advocacy & Assessing Organizational Capacity

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 Tool (ACT!), ACT!Quick, and International Advocacy Capacity Tool (IACT) to address some of the challenges involved in evaluating advocacy.
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Evaluating Community Organizing

Community organizing can be a complex process. To be successful, it’s important to prepare. That means understanding your organization’s readiness to engage and empower constituents, and having access to tools that can help you evaluate your ability to organize. AFJ developed the free, online PowerCheck tool for assessing capacity and to address some of the challenges involved in evaluating community organizing.
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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.
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