Proponents of charter school expansion in Massachusetts thought that a ballot initiative was the obvious bet. They were wrong.
Advocacy Innovative ways to influence public policy
While old foundations typically support traditional public-school institutions, new foundations are seeking to reshape or bypass them.
Foundations are shifting their higher-education funding to outside organizations that promote initiatives they favor.
Advocates can make progress on polarized issues by finding new ways into engaging people in different perspectives, rather than trying to knock down the front door with a barrage of facts.
A new model for advocacy groups and organizations can help them identify and effectively communicate with persuadable audiences.
Mass protest mobilizations play a critical role in creating the necessary conditions for cultural and political change. When grantmakers and major donors fail to appreciate how they work, they are missing a huge opportunity.
Framing the opioid epidemic as a crisis and an individual problem obscures the power of prevention and society’s role in promoting it.
Describing aging as “building momentum” helps people see how experience and wisdom enables older people to improve their communities.
To enact policies that reduce gun violence in the United States, advocates are flipping the script to make the conversation about saving lives rather than taking away Americans’ guns.
Effective communication is not simply about getting your message out. It requires you to strategically tap into what shapes people’s feelings and values. Here we share five principles pulled from social science that will help you connect your work to what people care most about.
The journey toward greater diversity, equity, and inclusion has no fixed endpoint, but here are a few places to start.
It’s time for activists and organizations to adopt a more strategic approach to public interest communications.
At SSIR's 2018 Nonprofit Management Institute, civil society leaders shared insight and inspiration for increasing diversity, equity, and inclusion during an era when divisiveness runs through much of the public discourse.
Funders and others can better support the involvement of those who use social services in service design and implementation. And by doing so, they can generate more meaningful, systems-level impact.