The internet is a remarkable resource for advocacy activities and it has been enthusiastically embraced by many organisations. Consequently there is a plethora of excellent resources online. Below we have provided a series of links to a few of the resources that we find particularly useful.
The Commons Social Change Library
This online library includes articles, manuals, training materials and practical guides to inform and equip you to influence public policy and engage in political structures, with the aim to inform and educate those working in social and ecological justice.
Advocacy - Preparation and Performance by Hugh Selby
Selby's book explains the 'what', the 'why' and the 'how' of basic advocacy skills and techniques using four realistic scenarios to illustrate the use of the techniques in practice. Advocacy is a skill that can always be improved, whether the practitioner is renowned or a novice. This is a book for the new comer, an explanation and illustration of the essential first steps along the road to renown.
Council of Non Profits - Everyday Advocacy
The Council of Non Profits website provides links to extensive materials about nonprofit advocacy, including advocacy toolkits, case studies, and informative “how to” sheet.
The Building Movement Project develops research, tools, training materials and opportunities for partnership that bolster nonprofit organisations’ ability to support the voice and power of the people they serve.
Bolder Advocacy promotes active engagement in democratic processes and institutions by giving nonprofits and foundations the confidence to advocate effectively and by protecting their right to do so.
KnowHowNonProfit - NVCO Resources
NCVO Knowhow offers advice and support for voluntary organisations, from expert advice and top tips, online training courses, and opportunities to contribute to how-to guides or write a case study, we’ve got something for everyone.
Useful research tools
Australian Policy Online
APO is an online knowledge hub that makes public policy research visible, discoverable and usable. Their database contains over 40,000 resources, including specialist collections, grey literature reports, articles and data.
Australian Bureau of Statistics
The ABS is Australia’s national statistical agency, providing trusted official statistics on a wide range of economic, social, population and environmental matters of importance to Australia
Free Speech Movement (FSM) Digital Archives
The Free Speech Movement (FSM) Digital Archives document the role of Mario Savio and other participants in the Free Speech Movement (University of California, Berkeley, September-December 1964), as well as its origins in political protest and civil rights movements and its legacy of political activism and educational reform that can be traced throughout the country and the world down to the present.
This website is designed as an online resource for base for activists, organisers, lawyers and legal support teams in Victoria and Australia. Please note both Victorian and Commonwealth laws are referred to, and in some cases the laws are relevant only to Victoria.
OpenConcept - how to build an effective website
Survey Monkey - online surveys
NetSquared - social web tools
TechSoup - technology services for community groups
Change.org - the world's platform for change