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GTP Organizing Guide


EVALUATING OPTIONS FOR ACTION

 

In congregational community organizing, when a campaign of visiting to most of the congregation's members has been completed by a khevra (committee) of the congregation, the khevra's next step is to conduct "action research" to learn more about a widely shared problem that has been identified by the congregation and how the members acting together might intervene to resolve it. Such research typically involves six to 12 members of the khevra meeting with public and private decision-makers who have the power to alter policy or allocate resources in respect to the problem. At the conclusion of these meetings, the khevra gathers to evaluate their action.

 

Who will favor or oppose what we want?

What's our assessment of the decision-makers power and our ability to exert influence?

What resources (people) and allies (more people) do we have?

How will the press and other interested organizations view what we're doing?

What's the response we're likely to get from the decision-maker?

What opportunities will this offer for strengthening our congregational community?

What other options for action do we have?


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