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Policy 101 Academy

  1. 1. Policy 101 The Roosevelt Institution June 16, 2009
  2. 2. The Progressive Movement
  3. 3. The Roosevelt Method
  4. 4. From Idea to Policy <ul><li>Define the problem </li></ul><ul><li>Assemble evidence </li></ul><ul><li>Construct alternatives </li></ul><ul><li>Review your criteria </li></ul><ul><li>Project outcomes </li></ul><ul><li>Confront the trade-offs </li></ul><ul><li>Make a decision </li></ul><ul><li>Tell your story </li></ul>
  5. 5. But first - who is this about? <ul><li>Know your constituents </li></ul><ul><li>Be genuine in your representation </li></ul><ul><li>Message </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Target audience </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Target goal </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Why are you doing this? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Be upfront about your goals and expectations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Own your personal narrative (and keep it fresh in your mind) </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. 1. Defining the problem <ul><li>What are your priorities? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What does your community need? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How do current events impact your agenda? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Deficit/excess </li></ul><ul><li>Defining your terms </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What is a “ green collar job ,” anyway? </li></ul></ul>Louisiana bayou, post-Katrina
  7. 7. 2. Assemble Evidence <ul><li>Warning : do not get stuck in this stage </li></ul><ul><li>What kind of evidence do you need? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Quantitative </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Best practices </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Qualitative/Testimonial </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Public Opinion/Polling </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Creative visualization </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. 3 & 4: Alternatives & Criteria <ul><li>Construct alternatives </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Start broad, then narrow </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>You may end up with something very different from your initial assumption </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Simplify </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Package deal: Do your recommendations work better together or separately? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Review criteria </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Is it equitable? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Is it cost-effective? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Is it legal? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Is it politically acceptable? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Is it flexible? (Will it adapt to change?) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>See policy prioritization tool </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. 5 & 6: Outcomes and Tradeoffs <ul><li>Outcomes </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Play it all the way out </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How sustainable is your plan? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How long will you be in control of the outcomes? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Tradeoffs </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Compromise, or be compromised </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Look for ways to be mutually supportive; you may find that the leverage you need is in a totally different place than you thought </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Make a Decision <ul><li>Before, during, and at the end of the process, always ask yourself this question: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Why hasn’t it been done already?” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The answer to that question is the key to your strategy when it’s time to implement your idea </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Build to Act </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Tell Your Story <ul><li>Key Facts v. Talking Points </li></ul><ul><li>Active Voice = Actionable Idea </li></ul><ul><li>Be concise & creative </li></ul>
  12. 12. Real Talk <ul><li>How things go down in politics </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Universal rules of politics </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Be helpful </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Be brief </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Be honest </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Be humble </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Be persistent </li></ul></ul></ul>
  13. 13. Contact Us <ul><li>Caitlin Howarth, Policy Director </li></ul><ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Kurston Cook, Field Director </li></ul><ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Thanks for being here! </li></ul></ul>

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