Budget Advocacy in the 21st Century
American University, Justice Programs Office and National Legal Aid & Defender Association (NLADA), with support from the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), have launched the project, “Answering Gideon’s Call,” to provide technical assistance and information to help indigent defenders adhere to the ABA Ten Principles of a Public Defense Delivery System.The project’s 2014 survey of defender offices revealed that overwhelmingly offices desired more information to assist with budget advocacy strategies. In response to this repeated request, American University and NLADA designed this three-part webinar series to provide tools and information for defender offices to use during budget season and throughout the year.
Session I: Cultivating Relationships – Recorded on January 29, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. EST
Defender offices that must appeal to local or state legislatures for increased budgets could benefit greatly from allies who will advocate for their cause. With whom should you start cultivating relationships to develop allies? When? What are some strategies to open the door to these relationships? This session will talk about cultivating relationships with likely and unlikely allies, both within and outside of the criminal justice system, in support of defender offices’ budget initiatives.
Ten Principles: 1, 2, 8
Session II: Data Collection and Analysis for Budget Advocacy – Recorded on April 30, 2015 at 2 p.m. EDT
Everyone’s talking about data, data, data. But what data should you collect for purposes of budget advocacy? How should you collect this data? How can you creatively use data you are already collecting in support of budget initiatives? This session provide answers to these questions, along with some cost effective ways to collect and analyze data in preparation for budget advocacy.
Ten Principles: 1, 2, 5, 8
Session III: Persuasive Budget Advocacy - Recorded July 30, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. EDT
A PDF of the PowerPoint presentation can be found here.
Now you have the allies and information, but what are some best practices in persuasive presentation before decision makers for that budget increase? What are some tools you can use to see things your way, beyond reading from your submitted report? This session will help you think outside of the box to help you develop your presentation style and content before presenting your budget proposals to policy makers or potential funders.
Ten Principles: 1, 2, 5, 8
-Basic Data Every Defender Program Needs to Track, A Toolkit for Defender Leaders
-The Missouri Project, A Study of the Missouri Public Defender and Attorney Workload Standards
-Panelist Book Recommendation: Naked Statistics: Stripping the Dread from Data by Charles Wheelan