Is the Policy Win All? A Framework for Effective Social-Justice Advocacy

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  • This article offers a theory-of-change framework to help those engaged in social-justice advocacy to reflect on whether social-justice values are being retained in the process.
  • A reproductive rights effort in South Africa provides an example of how social justice values can be lost in the advocacy process.
  • The failure to sustain work on the ground pointed to the need to maintain a base of support even after a policy victory.
  • Strategies must be revisited as social and political contexts change.
  • One of the critical social-justice values that supports the establishment and maintenance of alliances is collaboration, which must continue to be nurtured even after a victory.
  • The theory-of-change framework helps to keep these values visible.

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