Advocacy, Lobbying, and Social Movement
This module explored the importance of politics in the development of standards that govern human services practices. While many individuals might believe that politics and human services should not exist together, you cannot ignore the fact that political activities influence the way agencies are sustained. This became clearer when funding of human services programs moved from primarily private donations to largely public resource streams. To date, politics at all levels are expected in the everyday practices of human services administrators and service workers. In this assignment, you will further explore and reflect on this concept.
• Discuss the concepts of advocacy, lobbying, and social movement organizations in terms of their effects on service delivery. Specifically, focus on who engages in advocacy, what types of lobbying directly results in public funding, and how social movement organizations function in their efforts to influence policy.