The summer 2016 issue of Educational Leadership, published by ASCD, contains an article with useful guidelines for advocates seeking to influence policy at local, state, and national levels.
In “What It Takes to Get a Policymaker’s Attention,” Celine Coggins describes the three “central pressures” that influence policymaker thinking: promoting equity, allocating scarce resources, and addressing accountability issues.
Dr. Coggins writes, “Successful advocates will get policymakers on their side when they can show how their … proposals attend to these pressures.”
While the article is written for educators in K-12 contexts, its content has much value for practitioners in the broader education and social service communities. The article (and the entire summer issue of Educational Leadership) is available for free here.
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