Public policy: At the most basic level, public policy is a set of systems, laws, regulations, decisions and funding guidelines about a specific topic. Public policy is set and driven by the government at the local, state and federal level and by external participants.
Policy analysis: Policy analysis is the act of evaluating which policies will achieve a specified set of goals.
Advocacy: Advocacy is moving people to act politically to make policy or policy implementation changes for issues where you are representing someone else.
Organizing: Organizing is moving people impacted directly by an issue to build power to change it themselves.
Specific policy and advocacy jobs require vastly different skills and knowledge. Visit our jobs pages to learn more about specific skills and hear from members about their experiences.
Organizing jobs vary depending on the issue, communities, and organizations leading the work. Visit our jobs pages to learn more about the different types of organizing jobs and hear from members about their experiences.