Policies, laws and regulations govern our world and lives, be it about large issues like climate change and human rights, or concrete cases of access to land, water and health care. Nowadays Advocacy and Policy Influencing (API) as well as lobbying interventions are often part of strategies for change. Being effective and sustainable in steering your policy interventions within complex networks, rapidly changing contexts, overt and covert interests is crucial. MDF can equip you and your partners well to conceive, manage and learn from your strategic advocacy and policy influencing efforts. We bring:
Advocacy & Policy Influencing professionals can be directors, policy advisors, project/programme managers, lobbyists, PMEL-experts, communication experts working in civil society organisations, media and academic institutions, governmental institutions or private sector businesses. They are everywhere!
MDF Training & Consultancy assists you and your partners to build capacity for, strategise for, design and conduct effective API interventions, and capture and learn from your policy influencing efforts.
We can advise and facilitate API strategy development based on thorough analysis of the socio-political and legal context, stakeholder and risk analyses and developing an API-proof Theory of Change and communication strategy. Our focus on behavioural change in key stakeholders allows us to frame and measure change where it is most relevant and tangible.
We can assist in developing tailor-made methods and tools for API interventions along the policy cycle. Examples include developing a thematic policy checklist to identify entry points for API interventions and producing pertinent policy briefs.
For monitoring, evaluation and learning we emphasise qualitative methods, such as Outcome Mapping, Outcome Harvesting, Contribution Analysis, and Most Significant Change. These enable key stakeholders to jointly define and assess results and outcomes at different levels.
We also design monitoring systems for API. This may include long-term support in data collection and sense making, learning through blended learning trajectories, strategy revision or developmental evaluation. And because we consider the process to be as important as the content, our services also extend to effective partnership and network management.
In addition to Open Entry Training in API (online, face to face, and blended), we can provide customised training on effective API within your organisation. For optimal sustainability though, we prefer learning trajectories that ensure that capacity is built to last in your organisation or alliance.