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ACT! Quick

Instructions

What is ACT! Quick? What does the tool help me do?

ACT! Quick is a short version of Alliance for Justice's Advocacy Capacity Tool (ACT). Completing this tool provides a snapshot of your current capacity - or readiness - to engage in advocacy work. It helps you document your current assets, locate gaps that may exist, and prioritize areas to strengthen and grow.

Who should use this tool?

Organizations, coalitions, and groups interested in a quick self-assessment of their advocacy capacity. Advocacy capacity consists of the skills, resources, knowledge, and practices that lead to effective advocacy over time.

How does the tool work?

ACT! Quick consists of 18 multiple-choice questions about different indicators of organizational capacity. Each question will ask you to review a set of statements and rank your organization's current capacity using the following 4-point scale:
  • Very Strong / Always
  • Moderately Strong / Usually
  • Somewhat Strong / Sometimes
  • Not Strong / Rarely / Never
  • I Don't Know / Not Applicable
For some questions, you can also select that you choose to "Rely on Partners" to fill a specific capacity need.

Once you have answered the questions, you will get an automatic score for each of the 18 indicators. You will then have the opportunity to identify up to five areas in which you would like to strengthen organizational advocacy capacity.

Need to take a break and finish later?

Not a problem! Starting on the next page, you'll find a "save and continue later" button at the top of your screen. Simply click the button, enter your email address, and you will receive a link that you can use to resume the survey where you left off

Keep in mind:
  • Achieving a high score in every category is not the goal. No organization has it all, so be honest in your answers.
  • Relying on your partners often is the best strategy to fill a particular capacity need.
  • Plan on repeating ACT! Quick in 3, 6, or 12 months to assess your progress and growth over time.

Please contact Shannon Williams, advocacy evaluation manager, at shannon@afj.org.

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