APPENDIX: SUGGESTED DECISION TREE
Identify Goals and Potential Challenges
Identify potential goals and challenges to volunteerism laws and/or policies through a participatory needs assessment process.
What are the chosen goals of the law or policy? What are the challenges to success?
Adoption (Advocacy and Lobbying)
Take steps to outline an advocacy plan and build a wide coalition for reform; attempt to understand all aspects of the legislative or administrative process. Find "champions" to advocate for adoption of the law or policy among different sectors. Undertake advocacy activities, including media outreach and direct lobbying.
How will the volunteerism initiative be carried out (i.e. law, regulation, or policy)?
At what level of government will the initiative take place (i.e. national/local/regional)?
Before beginning the drafting process, consider both process and content. Is the process participatory? Are multisector working groups and public consultations provided for? Have the key elements of the law or policy been articulated?
Develop an operational plan with specific goals, responsibilities, activities; implement a monitoring plan with opportunities for review of the effectiveness of volunteer initiatives and adjustment as necessary