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Advocacy for the Win: Research on the Gap Between Advocacy & Policymaking

Come hear an update on ongoing advocacy research!


While overall advocacy numbers have skyrocketed over the past several years, there is little evidence that advocacy is bringing voters and legislators in closer communication or led to better or more citizen involvement in decision-making.

As the advocacy industry grows and more causes invest in it, a better understanding of how advocacy and legislative decision-making are and are not aligned can lead to smarter advocacy investments and more effective advocacy at the federal level.

Shayna Englin of Englin Consulting, LLC and Stefan Hankin of Lincoln Park Strategies are looking into both sides of the advocacy question, THE RECIPIENTS and THE ADVOCATES.

Shayna and Stefan are probing through in-depth interviews with current and former senior Hill staff from both sides of the aisle to determine what kinds of grassroots advocacy actions are influential and what kinds of advocacy are wasted effort.  And, through email surveys of advocates – people who have take at least one advocacy action in the past year – to determine how advocates view their involvement and whether they feel they are being influential or not.


6:00 - 6:30 Meet & Greet

6:30 - 6:40 Introductions

6:45 - 7:30 Shayna Englin and Stefan Hankin

7:30 - 8:00 Q&A

Our Presenters:

Englin Consulting, LLC helps organizations, causes, and campaigns move people to action to impact policy and politics. Since 2006, Englin Consulting has helped more than 50 organizations coast-to-coast build better, smarter, more strategic campaigns to move policy.

Lincoln Park Strategies is a full service public opinion research firm that provides market research and messaging services to political, non-profit, corporate and association clients.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    I think the meetup description should have included the fact that no data would be presented--only a research framework. Additionally, the meetup details did not disclose that the talk would not start until 7pm--a full hour after the specified start time.

    April 6, 2012

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