Campaigning and influencing
What is campaigning?
You might call it influencing, voice, advocacy or campaigning, but all these activities are about creating change. At NCVO we use the word campaigning and define this as the mobilising of forces by organisations or individuals to inﬂuence others in order to effect an identiﬁed and desired social, economic, environmental or political change.
What is policy?
As with most political terminology, policy is difficult to define but one offering is that it is a set of ideas and proposals for action, which culminates in a government decision. Typically policy will become a rule or regulation, enforceable by law.
Why do it?
Whatever you call it and whether you are trying to save a local community centre from closing or lobbying government, campaigning and influencing policy is about creating a change. The impact is the real change created by a campaign – the difference it makes to people’s lives.
Resources to support you
- Guides and resources
We have a range of free resources to support you influencing policy and campaigning for change. From getting you started sheets to more detailed gudies on how to...
- Free Dave
Completely new to campaigning? Want to explain the core ideas of effective campaigns to new groups? Free Dave is for you...
These five short and amusing films explain five key principles of campaigning through a fictitious campaign to Free Dave
- Certificate in Campaigning
The first course of its kind for campaign and policy professionals the covers all aspects of good practice campaigning over seven modules find out more...
- Policy and research on campaigning
Our policy and research pages explore how campaigning is changing and NCVO's beliefs on the right to campaign
- Bespoke support - From tailored training to support on strategy, planning, tactics and evaluation.
Keep up to date with us
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New campaigning landscape research
Campaigning is dead. Long live campaigning! Has the General Election last year given rise to a radically new environment, where campaigners are challenged to rethink existing strategies to achieve social change? How can we understand any implications for campaigning?
Our latest research finds the evidence through a mix of case studies, focus groups and survey, sharing learning, insights and reflections, addressing key issues confronting campaigners.
Download the free research report A new campaigning landscape? Implications of the of the 2010 General Election (PDF 2.37 MB)
Integrating social media
Gain ideas and inspiration to integrate social media into your campaigns. Download the free pdf guide Integrating social media
Just received my 'Integrating social media' guide from @forumforchange. Very handy, and free! @nickbason
Is the right to campaign in doubt?
Campaigning for change has never been so important as we are confronted with a new coalition Government committed to recasting the relationship between the state and civil society there has been an open question by some about the role and legitimacy of campaigning. Do you think the right to campaign is in doubt? Read our guest blog from Brian Lamb
Guide for trustees
Are you a trustee and want to know more about effective campaigning and influencing?
Or working to influence change and want a resource to explain effective campaigning to your board?
Our new free guide Trustees guide to campaigning and influencing outlines what is required by the law and what is good practice.
Advice and support
- Funding and finance
- Coping with cuts
- Addressing needs
- Managing change
- Planning for the future
- Involving people
- Public Service Delivery
- Governance and leadership
- Compact Advocacy programme
- Campaigning and influencing policy
- Collaborative working
- ICT (information and communication technology)
- Climate change
- People, HR and employment
A blog about all things campaigning. Posts by Amelia Gudgion, Bethan Brookes and guests. If you want to write a guest post email campaigning(at)ncvo-vol.org.uk.
Discover how evaluation can help you empower communities and account for your effectiveness and impact.
Follow the structure of the campaigns cycle.
An overview of how to run a successful campaign and how to cope if you achieve your campaign goal.
Practical lessons drawn from the real experiences of a range of voluntary organisations.