The Art of Advocacy (Free Self-Paced Online Course)
This self-paced online course, developed in partnership the Office of Transition Initiatives at USAID is a 90-minute course highlighting strategies and ideas for managing successful advocacy campaigns. Access this full course for free from anywhere with an internet connection and anytime no matter your time zone.
Advocacy is the action or process by a person or group to support a particular cause or policy. Many capacity building programs seek to develop the advocacy knowledge, skills and experience of individuals and emerging groups. But how do we know that the capacity building support is empowering the group to push forward their cause? We can measure what they learned, but how do we know they actually are putting into practice their new skills?
In this self-paced course, we present tools, resources, and lessons learned on strategies for improving advocacy skills in your organization, as well as a tool for measuring advocacy capacity within an organization.
This training, funded by USAID’s Bureau of Policy Planning and Learning (PPL), and created by TechChange in collaboration with the Office of Transition Initiatives (OTI) in Lebanon, is part of a larger effort to encourage USAID and implementing partners, specifically project managers, implementers local organizations, and academic institutions, to think strategically about advocacy and civic activism programming and share best practices to improve collective activism efforts around the world.
What Will I Learn?
This course will develop your advocacy skills by teaching you how to build broad support for your advocacy campaigns among community stakeholders. Key topics are covered in 6 modules of approximately 20 minutes each using a combination of presentations, examples, videos, self-examinations, and other interactive elements:
- Module 1: The Advocacy Index
- Module 2: Coalition Building
- Module 3: Engaging Decision Makers
- Module 4: Outreach
- Module 5: Data Research and Analysis
- Module 5: Policy Development
How Should I Prepare?
Learners will need access to a computer with a basic internet connection and the following software requirements:
- Flash: Flash Player 10 or later, and one of the following browsers:
- Windows: Internet Explorer 6 and later, Firefox 1.x and later, Safari 3 and later, Google Chrome, Opera 9.5 and later
- Mac: Safari 3 and later, Firefox 1.x and later, Google Chrome
- Linux: Firefox 1.x and later
**Duration: ***1 hour 30 minutes*
Navigation:This course consists of 6 modules that can be accessed within the frame of the course once you begin. Use the previous and next buttons located on the lower-right hand corner of the player window to move through the course or the left sidebar menu to jump to different sections of the course. If you cannot complete the course in one sitting, no worries! Simply exit and when you return, you can pick up where you last left off.
Click here to Start Course: http://techchange.org/media/the-art-of-advocacy/