The Evidence-Based Advocacy and Networking Course is specifically tailored to respond to the increasing policy influencing capacity gaps identified among civil society constituencies. The course seeks to strengthen links between evidence and advocacy efforts. The training will enhance the participants’ skills in policy analysis as well as provide development practitioners with requisite knowledge, skills and techniques to effectively engage a broad range of stakeholders to influence policy-making processes at local, national and global level. The course will also expose civil society activists to the process of instituting networks at local, national and international levels and in building alliances with like-minded groups/organisations/stakeholders with the goal to constantly leverage support in promoting common agenda


Course Objectives

Knowledge and skills gained from this course will enable participants to:
  • Enhance participant’s ability to write and use evidence-based and targeted policy papers;
  • Build insight into the process of planning an effective policy advocacy campaign;
  • Strengthen participants techniques for policy analysis: - qualitative and quantitative;
  • Enhance participants’ ability to use evidence-based to write policy and advocacy papers;
  • Build insight into the process of planning an effective policy advocacy campaign;
  • Enhance participants’ knowledge of public policy networks and processes; and
  • Equip development practitioners with the requisite skills and techniques to critically examine policies and make recommendations.

Course Content

The course consists of the following sessions;
Session 1: Clarification of terms and concepts;
Session 2: Defining policy and related terms;
Session 3: Understaing the context of policy advoaccy and writing;
Session 4: Structuring and developing a coherent policy paper;
Session 5: Developing a targeted advocacy planning using advaccy planning framework;
Session 6: Developing effective communication strategy and tools for policy advocacy;
Session 7: Policy Analysis; and
Session 8: Networking (Basic principles of effective and efficient networks, the limits and benefits, roles and responsibilities of members, leadership and governance issues as well as conflict management mechanisms)

Learning Methods

The following methods will be used during the course:
  • Open discussion;
  • Samples, examples and case studies;
  • Brain Based Learning (BBL);
  • Adult Learning;
  • Interactive;
  • Concrete experience;
  • Reflective observation;
  • Abstract conceptualisation;
  • Active experimentation;
  • Participant Centred;
  • Exercises;
  • Brainstorm; and
  • Mini-lecture.

Evaluation Methods

Participants’ learning results will be assessed in the following:

Venue Content Method
In Class Knowledge Observation/Interaction/Exercises/Action plan
Skill Demonstration/role play
Attitude Evaluation/Activity