As a practitioner, one of the most effective ways to influence policy making is by joining interest groups. Interest group is an organization of people whose goal is to work within a political process to endorse their issues and causes by influencing policy makers. It is an appropriate and legal means where one can voice out his/her opinions and ideas on what they think is the best solution to their social and environmental problems.
In order to influence policy makers, interest groups can send representatives on their behalf to distribute or publicize about the positive effects of their cause and are proposals by contacting members of the Congress and the executive branch. They can also attend Senate or Congressional meetings to engage in discussions public leaders in order to bring to their attentions any social or environmental problems. They can also engage in election activities by choosing and endorsing their candidates to represent their goals and the people in the Congress, and at the same time ensure that their issues and causes will be heard and acted upon.
Practitioners can also participate in educating people at large, public officials, their own members, and other prospective interest group, by giving lectures and leaflets regarding the positive effects of their causes and proposals. Aside from that, they can mobilize the public through written letters, conducting phone calls, communicating with policy makers, and assembling street demonstrations to motivate and elicit actions for the accomplishment of their goals and addressing problems.
To help raise the standards of science issues, practitioners can also join scientific organizations. This can also increase the chance of attending occupation or profession-based conventions where one can gain entry into the international platform Indeed, as practitioners, there are many ways to influence policy making. All it takes is patience, perseverance and the right choice of interest group one will join. Bibliography Lecca, P. J, et. al. (1998). Cultural Competency in Health, Social and Human Services: Directions for the Twenty-first Century. NY: Garland Publisher.