Tools & Resources

Need some help? Planning a new advocacy or communication project? Working hard to finish one? Confused about the ins and outs of advocacy? Want help organizing your media outreach? Check out the tools and resources below for helpful guides, handy tips and clear advice that will help you achieve your goals and avoid unnecessary hassles. Be sure to visit this page often, as we’re constantly adding new incredibly helpful items!

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From research to developing key messages to media relations and building strategic communication plans, opportunities for well-designed communication are everywhere. ACS’ communication resources will provide you with the tools, tips, and tricks to effectively communicate and to measure your communication success. 

The key to successful advocacy is creating trusting relationships with policymakers and engaging them strategically and with purpose. Advocacy can feel intimidating at first, but with these resources provide tips and guides needed to successfully persuade decision-makers at the federal, state, and local levels.  

Strategy development focuses on defining the process through which short- and long-term organizational goals are achieved. ACS’ strategy development resources will ensure you have the tools you need to get started, whether you’re looking to engage your community, assess your collaboration, or define your network.  We move concepts into reality with rationale and continually measure success. 

Capacity building focuses on developing processes, staff or volunteer knowledge and capabilities, so individuals and organizations are better equipped to accomplish the missions and goals they have set out to fulfill. This means focusing on, understanding, and addressing the obstacles that inhibit and assets that can help achieve success. 

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Things to Pay Attention to: Every Student Succeeds Act Implementation Plans

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Creating a Sustainable Advocacy Engine: Ohio 8 Coalition Case Study

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Tips for Presenting Effective Testimony 

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Leveraging Social Media

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Network Mapping Tool 

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Engaging Your Community 

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Collaboration Glossary of Terms 

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Assess Your Collaboration

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Measuring Communication Impact

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Guide to the federal budget process

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Five rules for policymaker engagement

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Federal budget and appropriation term glossary

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Key tips for meeting with policymakers

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Prek-K Investments

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Pre-K Investments Talking Points

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Infant and Toddler Messaging Guide

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Better Than Zero

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10 Tips for an Effective Communication Approach

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Message Creation Checklist

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Dirty Dozen of Strategic Communication

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Earned Media
Timeline

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Developing your message: Giving Jargon the
Boot 

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Advocacy:
Do's and Don'ts

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Lobbying vs.
Advocacy

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Advocacy in 1hr
a Week

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Advocacy:
Glossary of Terms

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Understand & Solve Facilitation Challenges 

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Public Awareness
Campaign
Components

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Assessing your Capacity for Engagement  

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Using Your Personal Network

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Collective Impact: Mutually Reinforcing Activity Checklist

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20 Ways for Youth to Impact Policy

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10 Key Elements for Young Men and Boys of Color Strategy

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Active Listening Techniques

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Facilitation Planning Checklist

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Building a Grassroots Coalition

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Organizing a Successful Voter Registration Effort

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Complete Media Guide: Templates, Tools, and Guidelines

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Do's and Don'ts of Electoral Advocacy

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Building an Effective Electoral Strategy

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Get Out The Vote (GOTV)

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Hosting a Successful Candidate Forum

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8 Tips for Successful Engagement

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Overcoming Bad Presentation Habits

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Raising the Bar on Behalf of Boys and Young Men of Color 

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Bringing Knowledge & Strategy Together for Preschool Effort  

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Preparing Clients for Success: Prevent Childhood Abuse Arizona 

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Elevating Early Childhood Outreach in Arizona 

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New Future for Little Rock’s Children, Youth, and Families

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