Prioritize Issues for Advocacy
The following questions are frequently used as criteria in determining priorities for community health improvement. They can similarly be applied to prioritizing issues for food system improvement. The criteria is split between importance of the issue and the potential ability of the food council or community group to impact change.
Importance: How important is the issue?
- Size: How many people are affected by the issue?
- Equity: Are specific groups affected by this issue more than others?
- Seriousness: To what degree does this problem affect food, farming and health?
- Trends: Is the problem getting better or worse in the community over time?
- Consequences of Inaction: What are the risks associated with exacerbation of the problem if it is not addressed at the earliest opportunity?
Ability to Impact: How hard would it be for the food council to positively affect this issue?
- Need: How many other groups are already working on this issue?
- Intervention: Are there any existing examples of policy change that has proven to be effective in addressing the problem?
- Capacity: What is the capacity of the food council reasonably work on policy solutions for the issue given the available resources of the council?
- Feasibility: How much impact in the local community can the council have on this particular issue?
Fill out this ranking form as a group to prioritize each of the issues that your council is considering for advocacy engagement. Rank each issue in order from the highest to lowest score and choose the top issues for your group to make strategic advocacy plans and/or policy platforms.