- Ensure your credibility and increase the likelihood of success by finding out the core facts and figures about your issue
- Become well-educated on the impact of your issue
Once you have identified your issue, you need to do your research. Research helps you decide what you want to change, how you will go about it, and who to approach (i.e. your "audience").
There are many sources of information that can provide you with the information you need. Using a variety of sources and perspectives will give your advocacy both substance and credibility.
INFORMATION YOU MIGHT SEEK OUT
- Are there other personal stories that will help illustrate your issue?
- How many people are affected by your issue?
- What are the social or economic costs of not addressing your issue?
- What is currently being done to address your issue? What has been done in the past?
- What other people or groups are involved in addressing your issue?
TIPS FOR RESEARCHING YOUR ISSUE
- Enlist the assistance of librarians at your local public library to help you find and interpret more complicated sources such as legislation or policy.
- Search The Arthritis Society's website for information about your issue. The Arthritis Society's website has a wealth of information about arthritis. Use the "Search" bar, using key words, to find information relevant to your issue.
- The Open Forum Community on The Arthritis Society's website can help you to easily find relevant information from others in an informal, discussion-type setting. Feel free to ask questions – the Open Forum Community membership is always willing to help!
- Use tools such as quotation marks, the "+" key between your search terms and the "websites from Canada" button when using internet search engines such as Google.