identifying resources and strategies
Identifying Resources and Strategies
An important component of advocacy is evaluating whether there are existing resources on which you can draw. Quality research, as you have learned, is an essential resource. Other resources include present and past advocacy efforts, as well as human, outreach, and media resources. Once you carefully assess whether there are existing resources that you can build upon, you can determine any gaps that exist and develop strategies that both complement existing resources and, if needed, fill in the gaps. For instance, if the focus of your advocacy efforts is examining strategies that can support childhood nutrition through the provision of healthy school lunches, you might begin by familiarizing yourself with advocacy efforts that have already and/or are currently targeting this issue at the local, state, and national levels. This can help you determine whether there are resources you can use to help mobilize others, which might include research on the benefits of healthy school lunches, other people who are interested in and have been working on this focus, social networking pages, and/or involved community groups. After assessing resources that are available, you can begin to think about what might be missing in terms of existing resources and whether you need to fill these gaps in order to accomplish your advocacy goals.
Along with being grounded in the resources that are available to you and knowing whether there are any gaps in resources that you need to fill in order to accomplish your advocacy agenda, you also need to identify specific strategies that are going to help you meet your advocacy goals.
To complete your Application Assignment, click on the link below:
Identifying Advocacy Resources and Strategies Worksheet
Submit: Parts 1 and 2 of the Identifying Advocacy Resources and Strategies Worksheet.
Your Personal Advocacy Journey
As you have been learning, advocacy efforts can truly make a difference in the lives of children, families, and communities as well as positively impact the early childhood field. Your external efforts as an advocate might be accompanied by a variety of internal emotions: excitement regarding the process and your ability to make a difference, trepidation about the complexity of mobilizing others, enthusiasm for implementing your plan, and/or anxiety that your plan will not be immediately effective.
In this Blog Assignment, you will have an opportunity to explore the internal aspects of implementing your Advocacy Action Plan.
By Day 2 of Week 6, post the following to your blog: (answer questions please in separate paragraph)
A quote that you find inspirational regarding the role that advocacy can have in the lives of young children and their families. Then, post responses to the following:
• What inspires and excites you most about your advocacy plan and being an advocate?
• What challenges and/or anxieties do you feel related to engaging in the advocacy efforts you have targeted?
• What do you believe will be most effective in helping you overcome any challenging emotions you may be feeling with regard to presenting and implementing your Advocacy Action Plan?
• How can you encourage others in their advocacy efforts, and how can others encourage you?
Note: Your blog entries can be much more informal than your Discussion responses or your Application Assignments. The purpose of the Blog Assignments is for you and your colleagues to enrich each other’s collection of ideas, resources, and personal experiences in relation to this course.
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