Why This Topic is Important
Most of the Partners in Policymaking curriculum focuses on the what of change – the changes in policy and action, values and attitudes, that are necessary if people with developmental disabilities are to enjoy a decent life as participating, contributing and valued members of the community.
This topic focuses on the how of change – basic skills, actions and strategies that can be used to change the behavior of professionals, policymakers, and politicians.
The problem, of course, is that there is no magic formula for successful change making. You don't really know what worked until you've succeeded. We do know that it is simply not enough to just complain or even to be right. Successful change making requires creativity, tenacity, focus, vision, and the capacity to negotiate and persuade. The issues, concerns, and strategies discussed here have been identified as important considerations, at least, among effective policymakers.
Changing a system's behavior is no easier than changing the behavior of a friend or relative.
It is always a good idea to be clear about what you want:
This process of planning for change is a lot like developing an individual plan:
Review of issue/action planning/organizing
Here are some considerations for developing a strategic plan.
MIDWEST ACADEMY STRATEGY CHART
Use this chart to choose your issues, then fill in this guide to developing your strategy. Be specific. List all the possibilities.
Click here to view a copy of the Midwest Academy Strategy Chart.