Below, you will find helpful resources that can help you with various stages of policy design, options and strategy development, implementation, and evaluation.

Alliance for Justice (2012), Advocacy Capacity Tool.

Cairney, P. How Can Policy Theory Inform Policy Making (and vice versa), Working Paper presented to the First Annual International Public Policy Conference, June 28, 2013, Grenoble, France.

Cairney, P. and Studlar, D. How and Why are Public Health Ideas Accepted by Policymakers? Comparing Tobacco and Alcohol Control, Working Paper presented to the First Annual International Public Policy Conference, June 28, 2013, Grenoble, France.

Center for Evaluation Innovation

Innovation Network, Inc. (2009), Pathfinder: A Practical Guide to Advocacy Evaluation | Commissioned by The Atlantic Philanthropies.

Kingdon, J. (1984; 1995), Agendas, Alternatives and Public Policies 1st and 2nd eds. (New York: Harper Collins)

Lazar, H., Lavis. J.N., Forest, P.-G. and Church, J. (Eds.) (2013), Paradigm Freeze: Why It Is So Hard to Reform Health Care in Canada, McGill-Queen’s University Press.

  • Please see my review of Paradigm Freeze, an edited volume I highly recommend for not only students of health public policy, but for all students of public policy, public administration, sociology and politics. This work is also highly recommended for people who want to understand whyhow, and when change in health care occurs and the roles various actors play to support or resist change.

Lieberman, R.C. (2002), ‘Ideas, Institutions and Political Order: Explaining Political Change’, American Political Science Review, 90, 4, 691–712.

McKinsey and Co. (2011), Regulatory and External Affairs Capabilities Diagnostic (REAC) (unpublished).

Newman, J. (2014). “Measuring Policy Success: Case Studies from Canada and Australia“ in Australian Journal of Public Administration, 73(2)

O’Neill, M., Roch, G., & Boyer, M (Eds.) (2012), Petit manuel d’analyse et d’intervention politique en santé, Presses de l’Université Laval.

  • La bible: 13 steps in three (3) phases; an evidence-based set of tools refined since its first appearance in 1997.

Organizational Resource Services (2007), A Guide to Measuring Advocacy and Policy | prepared for the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

ORS Impact

Raynor, J., York, P., & Sim, S. (2009),What makes an effective advocacy organization? A framework for determining advocacy capacity | prepared for The California Endowment, San Francisco, CA: TCC Group.

Stachowiak, S. (2013), Pathways for Change: 10 Theories to Inform Advocacy and Policy Change Efforts, Center for Evaluation Innovation and ORS Impact.

  • A highly recommended view of various theories of change. This work faithfully reflects different behaviours people adopt in different circumstances to affect the change they want.

Stackowiak, S. and J. Guttieriez (2019), When the Best Offense is a Good Defense: Understanding and Measuring Advocacy on the Defense, ORS Impact.

UN WHO (2005), Mental Health Policy, Plans and Programmes (updated version 2)