Getting the Most out of Advocacy

These basic strategies will help you get the most out of your advocacy efforts.

Do’s and Don’ts of Meeting with a Policy Maker

Before the Meeting:


  1. To learn more about your elected official;
  2. To convey VAR’s position on relevant issues;
  3. To find out how your elected official feels about an issue.

During the Meeting:

If you find that you’re meeting with a staff person instead of the elected official, treat them the same and take advantage of the time.  It is an opportunity for you to get to know the staff.  An elected official’s staff often are the “eyes and ears” of the member and regularly advise the member on what constituents are saying about the issues.  They can be a valuable asset in your relationship building efforts with your elected official.  Do not make the mistake of turning down this opportunity.



After the Meeting: