Building a Local Policy Campaign: The First 5 Steps


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This 6-week course will provide the substance misuse prevention professional with policy skill-building focused on the first five steps of a local policy campaign. The goal of the course is to build competencies necessary to advance prevention policies at the organizational or municipal level. The course will cover the first five steps of the 10-step Policy Adoption Model with a mix of skill-building, applied practice, and open learning forums. The course will equip participants to undertake the early stages of local policy change from writing the initial policy action statement to drafting a proposed policy or outline. Participants will be asked to complete the prep work before each session, be an active and engaged participant, and critically apply their new knowledge and skills to their work. Open learning forums will occur between the 3 classes where participants can receive more individual attention. 

Course information and materials will be housed in CANVAS with live sessions occurring in Webex. After registering for the course in Webex, you will be directed to create a free CANVAS account if you do not already have one.

Canvas supports the current and first most recent version of the following web browsers:

  • Google Chrome

  • Firefox (Extended Releases are not supported*)

  • Microsoft Edge (Internet Explorer is not supported)

  • Respondus Lockdown Browser

  • Safari 13 and 14 (Apple Mac only)

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Course Learning Objectives:

By the end of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Identify organizational strengths and challenges related to policy development

  • Learn the first five internal steps of the Policy Adoption Model

  • Execute activities that will increase the ability to implement the 5 internal steps of a local policy campaign



  • Log on early to make sure the connection is working.

  • Camera on – be visible and engaged (PC, laptop, tablet, phone).

  • Connect with TA at the optional learning forums to discuss the previous week’s information and receive more individual assistance.

  • Prepare, participate, practice (i.e. apply these learnings in your local work).

  • Complete homework assignments & any quizzes.

  • To receive the Certificate of Completion, you must attend all 3 live-session classes (weeks 1, 3 and 5) or attend 2 live-session classes and all 3 open forums (weeks 2, 4, and 6).



  • February 5 @ 1:30 PM ET Week 1 – Class: Choosing a policy & the Policy Action Statement (90 minutes)

  • February 12 @ 1:30 PM ET Week 2 – Open learning forum (30 minutes)

  • February 19 @ 1:30 PM ET Week 3 – Class: Engaging with Enforcement & Collecting Data (90 minutes)

  • February 26 @ 1:30 PM ET Week 4 – Open learning forum (30 minutes)

  • March 5 @ 1:30 PM ET Week 5 – Class: Writing an Issue Brief & Drafting the Policy (90 minutes)

  • March 12 @ 1:30 PM ET Week 6 – Closing Open Forum (60 minutes)

Starts: Feb. 5, 2021 1:30 pm
Ends: Mar. 12, 2021 2:30 pm
Registration Deadline
February 5, 2021
Event Type
Online Course
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