Developing an advocacy strategy

This course showcases the role that effective advocacy and campaigns can play in influencing change. It will take you through the process of developing an advocacy strategy and how to make choices about the appropriate approach for your organisation.

Course dates

This course showcases the role that effective advocacy and campaigns can play in influencing change. It will take you through the process of developing an advocacy strategy and how to make choices about the appropriate approach and tactics for your issue and organisation.

A mix of examples, group based discussion and practical activities will help you to develop new skills and techniques that will make your advocacy and campaigning effective.

Course structure 

Two half days of live interactive online sessions, plus individual and group work between the sessions.

Total time commitment over the period of the course is 10 hours:

  • 1 hour's introductory online activities
  • 4.5 hours of live sessions
  • 4 hours to complete online activities between the live sessions

Who is it for?

This course is for people who are new to advocacy and campaigning, who want to understand the role that advocacy can play in influencing change and those who want to make their advocacy and campaigning more effective.

What you will learn

  • How advocacy and campaigns can influence change and how to develop an appropriate approach for your organisation and issue
  • How to develop an advocacy strategy using the steps in the advocacy cycle
  • How to use analytical tools to inform and test an advocacy strategy
  • How to develop campaign messages and tailor them for key audiences
  • How to select the appropriate approach and tactics to support a campaign
  • Simple monitoring and evaluation methods that you can use to support campaign effectiveness

Programme

This course will be delivered entirely online, through facilitated live sessions (using Zoom) as well as individual and group activities on the Bond learning platform. We work hard to make sure you get the same level of interaction and facilitator support as you would in our training room. You’ll work in breakout rooms, use case studies and co-create documents – all online.

Schedule

All live session times are in Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). Check the live session start and end time in your timezone here (please ensure you choose the right date when checking timezones).

Pre-course activity: Approximately 1 hour’s individual work required before live session 1 

Live session 1: Monday 29 November 2021 at 13.30 - 15.30 GMT 

  • What is advocacy? What is campaigning? 
  • Overview of advocacy strategy development process – the advocacy cycle 

Intersession tasks:

  • Refining the focus of your advocacy (1.5 hours) 
  • Optional - Advocacy capacity assessment (30 minutes)
  • Optional - Context and contribution analysis (30 minutes)

Live session 2: Tuesday 30 November 2021 at 13.30 - 15.30 GMT 

  • Analysis for advocacy – stakeholder analysis and mapping 
  • Advocacy approaches and tactics 
  • Developing advocacy messages 

Intersession tasks: Message development (1.5 hours) 

[Optional] office hour: Wednesday 1 December 2021 at 14.00 - 16.00 GMT 

Live session 3: Thursday 2 December 2021 at 13.30 - 15.30 GMT 

  • Planning, monitoring and evaluation for advocacy 

Booking deadline

Bookings will close at 15:00 GMT the last working day before the course to enable us to email participants the joining instructions ahead of the first live session.

Course prices

Band 1

Non-members
£455.00

Band 2

Bond members >£2M annual spend
£350.00

Band 3

Bond members <£2M annual spend
£175.00

* 10% off if you book 8 weeks in advance; 5% off 3 or more bookings.

Contact us for special discounts if you're a student or unemployed.

10%

off if you book early*

5%

off multiple bookings*

Event dates

Monday, November 29, 2021 to Thursday, December 2, 2021

15 places available

Trainers

Jenny is an advocacy capacity building specialist and campaigner. She founded the Student Stop Aids Campaign while at Restless Development, coordinated the 0.7% campaign at Bond, and was regional campaigns manager for Oxfam GB based in Nairobi.