The Youth in Action Advocacy Training, a first of its kind, is our global online course designed to train and strengthening the skills that youth advocates need to conduct strategic advocacy and find innovative solutions to some of the world’s greatest problems.
The curriculum provides learners with tools, tactics and skills to conduct strategic advocacy geared towards achieving desired policy advocacy objectives efficiently and effectively.
Having your heart in the right place is important, but that’s only the beginning. Individuals and organizations need to develop the highly valued advocacy skills to enable them to push forward sustainable and transformative change in their work.
This module introduces you to the concept of advocacy, key components of an advocacy plan and explains the importance of advocacy skills in everyday life, both for individuals and organizations.
Understanding how you envision change happening will help you think through the potential advocacy activities that will help you achieve your advocacy objectives and ultimately your advocacy goal.
This module explores how change happens and the assumptions you have about the change making process through the design of a Theory of Change for your advocacy work.
It is time to put tools in place so that you can monitor and evaluate your actions to see if they are working and then incorporate what you learn into your advocacy work. Given advocacy’s unpredictable nature and often long timelines, tracking progress through advocacy monitoring, evaluation and learning – or MEL – is critical – not only to assess if you have met your ultimate advocacy goal, but equally as important, to understand progress and see if one is on the right track.
MEL can sometimes seem like a costly distraction, an administrative burden, or even an unwelcome instrument of external oversight required by funders. But if used well, monitoring, evaluation and learning can be powerful tools as you advance and document your advocacy work.
For an individual or organization that is new to Monitoring Evaluation and Learning (MEL), this module will walk you through the necessary steps for setting up and implementing a MEL plan in your advocacy work. If you already have a MEL plan in place, it will guide you to review and improve the MEL systems you already have in place.
The module will support you or your organisation’s efforts to monitor, evaluate and learn from your project activities and results to enhance your effectiveness and impact, as well as pull together an advocacy strategy.