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!

How ACS Helped One Foundation Find Its Vision and Voice: Arras Case Study

Regional Infant Mortality Strategy Achieves Life Saving Success: FYC Case Study

12 Tips for Community Engagement

Identifying Public Policy Engagement as a Strategic Priority

Creating a Public Policy Plan

Engaging Parents, Community, and Child Care Providers to Meet State Mandates

Start Slow for Sustained Success: Idaho AEYC Took Time to Seed Local Preschool

Story Collection for Strategic Communication

Promising Practices for Overcoming Multiple Barriers to Work

Early Care and Education Glossary

Presentation checklist

Engage Your Community Workbook

Navigating Nuances: HMS Case Study

Medicaid Glossary

K-12 Glossary

Health and Human Services Glossary

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

Reaching Nearly 9 Million Media Consumers: Housing First Case Study

Creating a Sustainable Advocacy Engine: Ohio 8 Coalition Case Study

Tips for Presenting Effective Testimony

Leveraging Social Media

Network Mapping Tool

Collaboration Glossary of Terms

Assess Your Collaboration

Measuring Communication Impact

Guide to the federal budget process

Five Steps to Effective Policymaker Engagement

Federal budget and appropriation term glossary

Prek-K Investments

Pre-K Investments Talking Points

Infant and Toddler Messaging Guide

Better Than Zero

10 Tips for an Effective Communication Approach

Message Creation Checklist

Dirty Dozen of Strategic Communication

Earned Media Timeline

Developing your message: Giving Jargon the Boot

501(c)(3) Advocacy Basics: Lobbying 101

Lobbying vs. Advocacy

Advocacy in 1 hour a Week

Advocacy: Glossary of Terms

Understand & Solve Facilitation Challenges

Public Awareness Campaign Components

Assessing your Capacity for Engagement

Using Your Personal Network

Collective Impact: Mutually Reinforcing Activity Checklist

20 Ways for Youth to Impact Policy

10 Key Elements for Young Men and Boys of Color Strategy

Active Listening Techniques

Facilitation Planning Checklist

Building a Grassroots Coalition

Organizing a Successful Voter Registration Effort

Complete Media Guide: Templates, Tools, and Guidelines

Do's and Don'ts of Electoral Advocacy

Building an Effective Electoral Strategy

Get Out The Vote (GOTV)

Hosting a Successful Candidate Forum

8 Tips for Successful Engagement

Overcoming Bad Presentation Habits

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

Bringing Knowledge & Strategy Together for Preschool Effort

Preparing Clients for Success: Prevent Childhood Abuse Arizona

Elevating Early Childhood Outreach in Arizona

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

Workforce Development Glossary of Terms

Key Terms for Working with the Media

The Benefits of Long-Term, Mission-Driven Partnerships