Proclamations are great policy tools for publicizing or building awareness about an issue. They can serve as effective segues to special events about the issue or additional policy and practice changes to improve services and supports. This section will help you plan your proclamation. It poses important considerations and questions designed to help make key decisions, design effective strategies, and identify next steps in a comprehensive action plan to promote your proclamation.
This section of the Policy Action Guide will walk you through the key aspects of a proclamation initiative, including:
Reminder: As you proceed, keep in mind your initial policy objectives and how they apply to an initiative to obtain a proclamation.
Carefully thinking through the considerations in each of the preceding sections can help your policy team systematically plan and set the groundwork for a successful proclamation initiative. If you have not done so already, download a copy of the Action Plan Form (PDF - 1.53 MB) for proclamations and complete the fields to create your own tailored plan.
As you proceed with your proclamation initiative, remember that there is not a one-size-fits-all policy process. You should remain flexible in your approach, which will better enable you and your partners to work within an ever-changing social and political environment. Additionally, keep in mind that policy development is only one component in a comprehensive change process and needs to be implemented in conjunction with supportive infrastructure elements. Above all, though, remember the ultimate underlying goal in your policy efforts: improving the lives of children and families.