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Influencing Elected Officials & Decision Makers. Matt Rosen. T.J. Sutcliffe. Goals of the Presentation. To educate you about the processes and opportunities to improve the systems and services that affect you. To empower you to live into your role as “agents of change”.

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Influencing elected officials decision makers

Influencing Elected Officials & Decision Makers

Matt Rosen

T.J. Sutcliffe


Goals of the presentation

Goals of the Presentation

  • To educate you about the processes and opportunities to improve the systems and services that affect you.

  • To empower you to live into your role as “agents of change”


Influencing decision makers model

“Influencing Decision Makers” Model

START

What is

the

problem?

What is a

solution?

Who can

help?

Celebrate!

(public official)

Did it work?

Plan your

ACTION!

Take

ACTION!


Identify the problem s

Identify the Problem(s)

  • What needs are not being met?

  • What rights are not being respected?

  • What barriers are keeping you from your goals?

  • Be truthful, to the point, and understandable.


Identify the solution s

Identify the Solution(s)

  • What service or support would meet your needs?

  • How would you change another’s action or behavior so that everyone’s rights are respected?

  • Again, be truthful, to the point, and understandable.


Who needs to be influenced

Who needs to be influenced?

  • Types of decision makers:

    • Service Providers

    • Elected Officials

    • You and other consumers

  • It is necessary that all three groups work together, even if we do not agree.


  • Plan your action

    Plan your Action

    • Build a coalition.

    • Assign roles and responsibilities.

    • Understand the opposition.

    • Understand the financial impact on individuals and the community.

    • Determine the best messenger(s).

    • Develop a compelling story


    Take action

    Take Action!

    • Implement the plan as you have laid it out with the coalition.


    Evaluate your action

    Evaluate your Action

    • What is working?

    • How can we be more effective?

    • How is our message being received?

    • What are others (locally and nationally) doing?


    Celebrate your accomplishments

    Celebrate your Accomplishments

    • Every step towards justice is worth celebrating!

    • Acknowledging our accomplishments keeps everyone energized and empowered.


    Ongoing opportunities

    Ongoing Opportunities

    • Participate in activities with the Developmental Disabilities Council, Project ACTION!, and other community advocacy groups.

    • Attend Agency Meetings and Advisory Board Meetings.

    • Testify at legislative, oversight and budget hearings.

    • VOTE!


    Tips for effective action

    Tips for Effective Action

    • Be prepared with facts and how they impact you, other individuals and the community.

    • Build trust and be respectful (even in disagreement) with decision makers.

    • Be clear on what you want and focus on what is important to you.

    • Prepare statements and practice before meetings or testifying.

    • Ask for help from other advocates…Numbers=Power.

    • Understand the power structure.


    Influencing elected officials decision makers

    T.J. Sutcliffe

    Policy Advocate

    The Arc of the United States

    [email protected]

    www.thearc.org

    202-783-2229  

    Matt RosenDirector of Advocacy and Public PolicyThe Arc of DC

    [email protected]

    www.arcdc.net

    202-636-2963


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