The Advocacy Test – Are You Ready?

In Florida, the 2018 state legislative session is scheduled to begin in January, 2018. This means interim committee weeks start in October. But whether you’re a Floridian or preparing for Session in any state, taking the Advocacy Test will help you identify any shortcomings in your own advocacy efforts.  Once you’ve done that, you can take steps to address areas for improvement and ensure you’re ready to engage with lawmakers.

Each question is worth one point + a bonus question worth two points. Good luck!

The Advocacy Test

  1. If you know your legislator’s name(s) – first and last – give yourself 1 point.
  2. If you know their political party – give yourself 1 point.
  3. If you know their occupation – give yourself 1 point.
  4. If you have your legislator’s legislative office phone number in your phone – give yourself 1 point.
  5. If you have your legislator’s work number or home number in your phone – give yourself 1 point.
  6. If you know your legislator’s cell phone number – give yourself 1 point.
  7. If you know the name (first and last) of your legislator’s staff – give yourself 1 point.
  8. If you met with your legislator(s) at least once over the summer – give yourself 1 point.
  9. If you’ve met with your legislator(s) at least twice over the summer – give yourself 1 point.
  10. If you’ve sent your legislator a note or email congratulating them on their committee assignments – give yourself 1 point.
  11. If you’ve talked with your legislator about their priorities and how you can help them achieve their goals – give yourself 1 point.
  12. If you’ve provided your legislator(s) with a summary of your city or organization’s annual budget – give yourself 1 point.
  13. If you’ve sent your legislator(s) an email or note saying ‘thank you for your service” or “I look forward to working with you in the upcoming session” – give yourself 1 point.
  14. If you’ve sent your legislator’s staff a note saying “thank you for your service” or “I look forward to working with you in the upcoming session” – give yourself 1 point.
  15. If you shared your organization or community priorities with lawmakers – give yourself 1 point
  16. If you’ve provided your legislator(s) with a summary of any projects, services, made possible by appropriations received in the prior year – give yourself 1 point.
  17. If you’ve invited your legislator to attend a council meeting, board meeting or taken them on a tour of your organization – give yourself 1 point.
  18. If you invited lawmakers to give a legislative preview at a council or board meeting– give yourself 1 point.
  19. If you’ve attended or are scheduled to attend your county legislative delegation meeting(s) (applicable in Florida) – give yourself 1 point.
  20. BONUS QUESTION – If you’ve introduced your legislator to a person or persons in your circle of influence that can help them with their legislative priorities, or support their political campaign – give yourself 2 points.

Are You Ready?
• 20-22 Points – Congratulations! You’re a great advocate!
• 16-19 Points – You’re almost there…keep up the good work!
• 10-15 Points – It’s time to work a little bit harder…but you can do it!
• Less than 10 Points – There’s a lot to do so get started today!

Need advice or guidance? Email me your questions or challenges and let’s work together to get you on your advocacy journey to success!

Your partner in advocacy….Kathy