Advocacy Project proposal

Guidelines • Focused on one specific population of interest in any context and geographic location • Based on secondary data only (can include peer-reviewed and grey literature, as well as media pieces) – no need to collect primary data • 7 pages (11-point font, 1.0 spacing) not including title page and references • Full APA style (including references, title page, header etc.) INTRODUCTION 1. Briefly introduce the population of interest and its key features (make sure you discuss the following in this section; size, location, demographic composition, any unique characteristics). 2. BACKGROUND Provide historic and current context (economic, political, social) as it relates to the population of interest. 3. Outline larger social factors that contribute to the issues experienced by the population (e.g., stigma, discrimination, social exclusion etc.) 4. Specifically, consider intersectional issues (e.g., an impact of the combination of racism and sexism, ableism and ageism etc.) NEEDS ASSESSMENT: 1. Outline key issues and needs of the population, including (but not limited to) food-related needs. 2. Categorize these as immediate (e.g., temporary shelter, food provision), mid-term (e.g., financial assistance, mental health supports) and long-term (e.g., stable housing, employment). 3. Environmental scan: Outline existing supports and resources available to the population. Categorize these into individual (e.g., access to the food bank), community (e.g., soup kitchen providing meals to the residents of the encampment), and policy (e.g., Employment Insurance) levels. Identify gaps. DISCUSSION AND CONCLUSIONS 1. Summarize and discuss the results of your analysis. 2. Select priority areas that you will focus on for your advocacy toolkit.