Planning for Successful Advocacy Campaigns
Groups who advocate for change have the greatest impact if they have a plan. Whether basic or elaborate, effective plans must be accomplishable. In successful advocacy campaigns, plans help establish the goals and objectives along with other essential elements of planning such as the campaign’s message, purpose, and media strategies. While goals and objectives may differ among various public health advocacy groups, similar strategies and tools are often used. For instance, many campaign plans include similar media strategies and communication techniques for reaching the target audience, but the goal of the campaign might range in focus from childhood obesity to fracking or elderly care.
To prepare for this Discussion:
· Review the Freeman et al. article and the advocacy campaign examples “Indiana Campaign for Smoke Free Air” and “One International.” Reflect on each campaign’s plan, including elements such as goals, objectives, message, purpose, and media strategies.
· Research and select a public health advocacy campaign that is different than the provided examples. Consider your selected campaign’s plan, including elements such as goals, objectives, message, purpose, and media strategies.
· Consider the role of advocates and public health organizations in your selected advocacy campaign.
With these thoughts in mind:
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Freeman, B., Chapman, S., & Storey, P. (2008). Banning smoking in cars carrying children: An analytical history of a public health advocacy campaign. Australian and New Zealand Journal Of Public Health, 32(1), 60–65.
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The Community Tool Box. (2012). Writing letters to the editor. Retrieved from http://ctb.ku.edu/en/table-of-contents/advocacy/direct-action/letters-to-editor/checklist
The Community Tool Box. (2012). Writing letters to elected officials. Retrieved from http://ctb.ku.edu/en/table-of-contents/advocacy/direct-action/letters-to-elected-officials/main
Dorfman, L., Sorenson, S., & Wallack, L. (2009). Working upstream: Skills for social change. Retrieved from http://bmsg.org/sites/default/files/bmsg_handbook_working_upstream.pdf
Indiana Campaign for Smokefree Air. (2012). Retrieved from http://www.smokefreein.com/
One International. (2012). Retrieved from http://www.one.org/international/