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Is Your November 5 Success Plan In Place?

September 11, 2014

A bold prediction: On November 5, 2014 your organization will find it has lost and gained influence at the local, state and federal levels.

Ok, maybe not so bold.

The reality is that the cyclical loss and gain of influence is a constant when it comes to legislative advocacy. You know this to be true but do you have a formal approach for dealing with it?

Three Ways to Use August Recess For More Than a Breather

August 21, 2014

August recess presents many great opportunities for stakeholders to intercept electeds and deliver key advocacy messages. But what if your key issue(s) have been sidelined or shut down for the time being?

The following are three quick and easy ways to ensure your organizations does not miss out on the opportunities afforded by August recess (you will note that we have kept this week's post brief to allow maximum enjoyment of your vacation, golf game or the temporary lull in schedule that makes it possible to clear off your to-do list).

Knowing Your Assets From a Hole in the Ground

August 13, 2014

Any objective-oriented endeavor requires two key components: the goal(s) to be achieved and the resources available in support of achieving them.

Without a clear understanding of the resources at your disposal, any attempts to outline a tactical plan to achieve the identified objective(s) will be inefficient and poorly supported at best and a complete failure in the worse-case scenario.

With objective(s) and resources identified, you are able to create the most efficient, effective approach to leveraging your resources in support of your goal(s).

The Best Time To Expand Your Advocacy Program

August 7, 2014

If you have been a grassroots/grasstops advocacy professional for long, you have noticed the resource challenge stakeholder and relationship-driven legislative advocacy faces at times.

On one hand legislative advocacy has seen tremendous growth and adoption. On the other, stories of advocacy professionals being asked to do much with little (as far as resources are concerned) have abated little.

Typically, organizations respond to two specific events as motivators for increasing their investment in grassroots/grasstops advocacy:

National Journal: 23 Lobbyists Per Member

July 31, 2014

If you had a sneaking suspicion the halls of Congress have felt more crowded in recent years, National Journal has the confirmation you need.

According to a report recently developed for National Journal members, in 2013 there were 23 registered lobbyists for each Member of Congress. That doesn't include the thousands of "unregistered" lobbyists who work to influence legislation in ways that do not require formal registration.

Increase Your Legislative Impact in 3 Easy Steps

July 22, 2014

There is never a bad time to make it a priority to increase the footprint and impact of your legislative advocacy program - especially as crucial mid-terms approach.

Like email lists and Facebook, Twitter and social media followers, each new relationship (between elected officials and a stakeholder) and willing advocate you are able to identify permanently expands the potential influence and impact of your legislative advocacy efforts. Additionally, making the effort to identify your stakeholders' issue interests and positions and connections to community organizations noticeably expands your opportunities.

RAP Index has been designed to specifically harness technology to make the identification and management of the kinds of data points listed above a no hassle, turn-key process. However, the beauty of the suggestions that follow is that even smaller-scale efforts to cobble together your own process for capturing and maintain this kind of information will reap huge rewards for your advocacy program.

Happy Fourth of July Weekend From RAP Index

July 3, 2014

As we head into the Fourth of July weekend we wanted to take a moment to share the driving force(s) behind RAP Index.

As advocacy professionals, we believe our legislative process works best when there are as many passionate, informed voices contributing to the process as possible. We also deeply understand the challenges that come with finding and engaging those stakeholders who are interested and able to meaningfully participate. Above all else, RAP Index was created to use technology to solve these challenges.

Add Some Boom To Your Sparklers For More Effective Advocacy

June 30, 2014

Sparklers are as central to a 4th of July celebration as emails, tweets and Facebook posts are to modern legislative advocacy practice.

But do you really want to load up the family for a 20 minute sparkler display?

Probably not.

Sparklers are fun, inexpensive and can be handled by just about anyone but they lack the punch - and by extension the same level of effectiveness - of the big booms and crackles of the really effective fireworks. No one ever comes out of a big 4th of July celebration and tells everyone how amazing the sparklers were.
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