Step 7: Develop a workplan
Effective advocacy requires a significant investment of time and resources on an individual and organizational level. Although you will build capacity as you become more involved in advocacy work, it is critical to honestly assess your organizational capacity, and to clearly articulate a workplan. To assess organizational capacity for advocacy work, consider:
- Do we have adequate financial resources?
- Is advocacy part of or in line with our mission?
- Do we have the time?
- Do we have the data to support our request?
- Do we have adequate human resources (i.e. the time, skills and knowledge)?
Using your SMART advocacy objectives, list the related input activities, budget, actors, and timeline. The template below may be useful.
(Adapted from the Health Workforce Advocacy Initiative Toolkit, Chapter 11)