Advocacy Tools

The VPC works to engage and educate RAE citizens on issues that will increase their advocacy. Elements of that program include:

Advocacy Responsiveness Model: The VPC has developed a very powerful model that predicts who will and will not participate in a patch-through call. Now the VPC is developing a model that will identify who will and will not craft hand-written notes, which research shows is the most powerful, effective form of communication with elected officials. In Wisconsin, for example, the VPC advocacy model generated hundreds of hand-written postcards to Governor Walker, an unprecedented 5 percent response rate.

Legislative Advocacy Calls: The VPC generates legislative advocacy patch-through calls by calling RAE voters about upcoming legislative votes on important policy issues. The purpose is to generate citizen input into the legislative process and educate voters about the actions of their state and Congressional representatives. This education and advocacy work will lay the foundation for work to prevent roll off and give RAE voters a stake in down ballot races in states where legislatures are in play.

Legislative Advocacy Mailing: The VPC generates legislative advocacy post-cards by sending mailings to RAE voters on upcoming legislative votes on important policy issues. The purpose is to generate and increase citizen input into the legislative process.

Canvass/Mail Overlay: In collaboration with state partners, the VPC runs tests designed to maximize the effectiveness of canvass and mail programs in generating advocacy.