Shatil’s Center for Policy Change provides valuable skills to Israel’s agents of social change, enabling them to develop long-term strategies to sharpen communications and change public opinion and government policies.
The CPC has established strong working relationships with the full range of Knesset and government representatives, as well as other decision and policy makers active on the national, regional and local levels. The CPC also works closely with print, on-line, broadcast and radio media representatives. Its access to a wide range of policymakers and media outlets, along with deep understanding of policy and public opinion processes, enables civil society to more effectively influence policies and shape the public discourse. From protecting democracy and advancing social justice and pluralism to combating racism, CPC has a unique added-value in Israel’s civil society landscape.
By supplying tailored capacity-building services to social change organizations, the Center ensures that social change initiatives employ strategic media and policy outreach, and utilize all available resources to maximize the impact of social initiatives in terms of public and media debates and policy.
The Center for Policy Change is a critical building block among the strategies needed to impact social change efforts in Israel.
Why the Need for the Center for Policy Change?
Motivated by a vision of a more just and equitable Israeli society, the social change movement strives to determine which issues will dominate the public agenda. Activists utilize different strategies to this end—influencing decision-makers in Israel through policy directives; proficient, specialized advocacy vis-à-vis policy-makers; and media outreach– all are useful instruments to amplify the voices of progressive social change and claim their rightful place at the table of public, media and policy debates. Unfortunately, Israel’s social change organizations often lack the necessary resources, tools and knowledge to have an impact on policymakers and utilize the media to leverage their programs on a large-scale.
What does the Center for Policy Change do?
The Center for Policy Change develops and disseminates skills and strategies for social change. The Center provides thorough, up-to-date analysis of problems, trends, and developments in the public, media, and political debates. The analysis is used to support ongoing assessment and design of the most cutting-edge, effective outreach and advocacy techniques.
What are the Goals of the Center for Policy Change?
- Spearhead new policy objectives at the local and national level, on specific issues which affect the social, economic, environmental and human rights landscape.
- Strengthen the advocacy and media capacities of social change organizations and coalitions.
- Raise awareness of the need for social change and work taking place in the field.
What are the Center’s Strategies?
Working to advance the Ethiopian community, protecting the environment, and support for women within the Orthodox community are just a number of the issues addressed by the hundreds of initiatives, groups, organizations and coalitions to which the Center for Policy Change provides media and public relations, advocacy and technology consulting. Among those organizations and coalitions
Proactive Lobby, Media and Advocacy Efforts
The Center also engages in its own proactive outreach, working with a range of partners to create real and lasting change in peripheral regions and with weakened communities.
Training Social Change Agents
The Center for Policy Change facilitates trainings, seminars and information sessions each year. Workshops and other sessions assist social change agents in integrating Israel’s most pressing social issues into the public debate and influence public opinion by providing strategic tools to affect change.