WU WK 5 Importance of Agendas and Steps for Activating Change Essay

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Social change occurs because a person or group gains the attention and support of decisions makers. Decision makers, often in the form of legislators or political representatives, have access to putting issues and policies on the agenda for the business by the assembly. Being placed on an agenda gives you the opportunity to present your advocacy work directly to decision makers and may well determine the success of the development of a policy proposal.

Therefore, policy advocates need to be ready to advocate for their proposal for social change. For this Assignment, you will review 10 issues for activating change and consider how the issues apply to the social problem of Child Poverty in America

To Prepare:

  • Review Chapter 6 in the Jansson text as needed. Focus on the 10 issues from “The Agenda Funnel” (p. 181).
  1. Timing
  2. Coupling
  3. Framing and finding a title
  4. Negotiating and bargaining
  5. Assembling early sponsors and supporters
  6. Routing
  7. Media coverage
  8. Setting key endorsements
  9. Coalition building
  10. Building momentum

Submit a 2- to 3-page paper that addresses the following:

  • Briefly explain the concept of the agenda funnel.
  • Why is context important when advocating for change to decision makers?
  • Using the social problem (Child Poverty in America), explain how the 10 issues Jansson outlined are important when trying to activate change regarding the selected social problem. Provide 2–3 sentences for each of the 10 issues:
  1. Timing
  2. Coupling
  3. Framing and finding a title
  4. Negotiating and bargaining
  5. Assembling early sponsors and supporters
  6. Routing
  7. Media coverage
  8. Setting key endorsements
  9. Coalition building
  10. Building momentum

References:

Jansson, B. S. (2018). Becoming an effective policy advocate: From policy practice to social justice (8th ed.). Cengage Learning.

  • Chapter 6, “Committing to an Issue: Building Agendas” (pp. 176–203)

The Child Poverty Action Group https://www.endchildpovertyus.org/the-child-povert…

The State of America’s Children 2020: Child Poverty https://www.childrensdefense.org/policy/resources/…

Media Coverage of Low-income Americans in a New Political Era https://spotlightonpoverty.org/spotlight-exclusive…

The Top 12 Solutions To Cut Poverty in the United States https://www.americanprogress.org/article/top-12-so…

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