As leaders of nonprofits, you are all well aware that creating policy change, at any level, is a long and arduous task. Writing in the Stanford Social Innovation Review in December, 2018, Lisa Witter and Odette Chalaby of Apolitical offered Eight Tips for Communicating Ideas to Busy Policymakers (read Civil Servants). “These policymakers face many political, practical, and psychological constraints,” the authors say and posit that this is an “opportunity to educate them about new ideas and influence their decision making.” Among their tips, “aim for short, snappy writing”, make one simple point, “tell them how long it will take to implement your plan,” and be up front about costs. Read the full article.
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