In a sneak peak of an upcoming Atlas publication, ORS Impact explores the role of advocacy in policy implementation and what happens after the "win." See the excerpt below and the preview publication to learn more:
When it comes to policy, a lot of attention is given to “the win.” Whether it is something new and big like the Affordable Care Act, a piece of legislation in a large federal omnibus bill, or inclusion of critical language in a state policy, seeing the fruits of advocacy efforts put into law makes advocates and champions feel that their hard work, often many years in the making, has paid off.
But, in reality, “the win” is just the beginning—a necessary first step in a much longer and equally as fraught process of policy implementation. Once a policy is created, there are numerous factors that shape and determine how that policy is implemented—and ultimately, the impact it will have—regardless of how well the policy is formulated. Some of these factors include rulemaking, funding, capacity of local implementing agencies, and fights to repeal or modify wins, among many others.
Interestingly, while the role of advocacy in agenda setting, policy formulation, and policy adoption has been widely explored, the role of advocacy in the policy implementation process is far less well understood.
Read more about Beyond the Win: Pathways to Policy Implementation.