For those who choose to work in policy, getting started can be daunting. Writing up a policy platform is a great start, but what do you do next? What if you once have a single issue and no “platform”? What do you do if you’ve gotten started, but have no clue where to go next?
These are all good questions, and from now until September, the NCLFC can help by reviewing your policy issues, plans, and platforms and giving you feedback on where to start–or where to go next.
NCLFC is North Carolina’s state food council. Made up of members from state agencies, non-profit organizations, research institutions, representatives from local and regional government, and more, NCLFC’s members are highly qualified to provide feedback, suggestions, information and make introductions to people your council should know in order to successfully change policy in your community. Submit your council’s whole policy platform (in any stage of development) or send in one issue your council wants to focus on this year. NCLFC will review it and provide your council with a state-level policy analysis.
Here are a few examples of the sorts of things food councils might send to NCLFC for review:
- Your council has reviewed county or municipal plans and goal documents and from those developed a list of all possible food and farm policy actions. NCLFC will review your list of possible actions and make suggestions about local vs state vs federal actions to help your council make informed decisions as you narrow down your options.
- Your council has selected a slate of four issues to advance over a period of time. Submit your draft work plan to NCLFC for detailed feedback about each issue, from who has decision-making authority to make the changes the council seeks, to provide research and information to inform your council’s plan, and to make introductions to others who could help advance the council’s plan.
- Your council has drafted a detailed plan for how it will advocate to change one issue. NCLFC will review your plan to help identify who has decision-making authority to make the changes your council seeks, to provide research and information to inform your council’s plan, to think about the potential unintended consequences of the policy changes your council seeks, and to make introductions to others who could help advance the council’s plan.
Want to submit something, but don’t know what? Contact Jared Cates (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Llogan Walters (email@example.com) at Community Food Strategies. They are available to support food councils across the state in developing their capacity to engage in policy and craft strategic advocacy plans and policy platforms.
Please submit your plans and/or platforms for review in the form below. Feedback from NCLFC will take four to six weeks and the earliest feedback will be given back to food councils starting in July. Click the link to learn even more about the NCLFC Policy Feedback Opportunity.
You can also look for this information on the NCLFC website, coming soon!